The Asia Foundation, Jakarta

This internship is offered in conjunction with the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

FSI Faculty Mentor:

Erik Jensen, Affiliated Faculty, CDDRL

About The Asia Foundation:

The Asia Foundation (TAF) is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia.  Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, the Foundation’s work across the region addresses five overarching goals:  strengthen governance; empower women; expand economic opportunity; increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation. TAF is headquartered in San Francisco and has a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and Washington, D.C. Working with public and private partners, TAF receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2015, The Foundation provided more than $95 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at over $10 million. For further information, please visit

About The Asia Foundation in Indonesia:

Over the past six decades, TAF has supported Indonesian initiatives to consolidate democracy, strengthen the role of civil society, promote rule of law, expand economic growth, and improve government services. Consistent with Indonesian government priorities, The Foundation works with innovative leaders to build effective partnerships and advance reforms that strengthen judicial systems, protect human rights, promote equitable economic growth, and improve governance of environmental resources. TAF programs in Indonesia also support free and fair elections and address gender and inclusion concerns. For further information, please visit


The FSI Global Policy fellow will work for a period of about eight to ten weeks during Summer 2017. The intern will be placed with the Peduli program, an ambitious Government of Indonesia program funded by the Australian Government and managed by TAF that works with six of Indonesia's most marginalized communities (vulnerable children, people with disability, remote and indigenous people, religious minorities, human rights victims, transgender) to promote social inclusion outcomes, improved social acceptance, increased social services, and improved social policy. The program works through over 80 civil society partners throughout the archipelago who establish partnerships with local governments.  The program has had considerable success in improving outcomes for minorities at the local and national level. 

The program has made significant gains in policy change, both repealing discriminatory policies and promoting good governance.

The intern will work with the program team to document a case study on policy change at the local level over the last year of programming. This may require some travel to the districts.  This internship provides the student with the opportunity to work on Indonesia's largest social inclusion program addressing the needs of minorities. The intern will also have the opportunity to work with the dynamic Asia Foundation team in Indonesia, getting exposure to various issues of reform, environmental governance, women’s rights, and access to legal justice.

Eligibility and Skills Required:

The internship is open to continuing undergraduate students. Students from any department are welcome to apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Additionally, applicants should have the following characteristics: 

  • Ability to work cross-culturally
  • Ability to communicate openly
  • Willingness to travel to districts in the Indonesian archipelago
  • Sharp analytical skills
  • Outstanding writing skills 
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience advancing social inclusion of marginalized minority groups is helpful.
  • Knowledge of Indonesian culture is helpful.

Language Requirement:

Knowledge of Indonesian language is helpful but not required.


The internship is located in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Visa Requirements:

The student must be eligible to travel to Indonesia and must have a passport valid until at least March 2018. The student is likely to need a work visa for Indonesia and will be responsible for obtaining that visa him or herself.  Stanford or TAF may advise on visa procedures.  It is possible the work visa may allow the student to work in Indonesia for only 60 days.  If that is the case, FSI, TAF and the student will determine together if the student will attempt to obtain a second visa while in Indonesia or will conclude the internship within the time frame of the original visa. Obtaining a second visa typically requires leaving Indonesia and applying for the new visa from another location.


FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI’s Global Policy Fellows are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends average $6,400 per student. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application. If you have additional financial constraints that you think may prevent you from participating in this program, please contact Katie Kuruc directly.

Special note:

The Asia Foundation welcomes the selected fellow to visit its San Francisco headquarters for a brief overview of the Foundation’s operations and programs prior to commencing the internship in Jakarta. 


Applicants will be asked to submit:

  • Application Form
  • Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation not required)
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Budget