Institute for National Defense and Security Research

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

FSI Faculty Mentors: 

Kharis Templeman, Program Manager, Taiwan Democracy and Security Project

About the Institute for National Defense and Security Research:

The Institute for National Defense and Security Research (INDSR) is dedicated to fueling knowledge-based policy analyses and strategic assessments on Taiwan's security. Their mission is to safeguard Taiwan's democracy and prosperity by strengthening mutual understanding and advancing common interests in the defense and security community both globally and within Taiwan. INDSR was formally inaugurated on May 1, 2018, and is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. They are an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization.

To bring together great minds in policymaking, industry and research, they convene international forums, network civil societies, engage in Track Two dialogue and conduct wargame simulations. INDSR's dynamic research agenda and activities are used to develop pragmatic policy recommendations for the Taiwan government.


The FSI Global Policy intern will work for a period of about ten weeks during Summer 2019. The intern’s project involve:

  • Contribution to Defense Security, and English-language monthly publication aimed at strengthening research exchanges with security-related experts both domestically and abroad.
  • Participation in preparing and receiving delegations from abroad, and joining in discussions if necessary.
  • Attendance in activities organized by INDSR.
  • Participation in conferences/workshops/etc related to INDSR topics.

Eligibility and Skills Required:

The internship is open to continuing upper level undergraduate and graduate students. Students from any department are welcome to apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. 

Additional Requirements:

  • Keen interest in INDSR subject matters
  • Intelligent writing and analytical skills
  • Professional comportment
  • Web design skills a plus

Language Requirement:

  • Intermediate Mandarin speaking skills required
  • Basic Mandarin readings skills preferred


The internship is located in Taipei, Taiwan.

Visa Requirements:

The student must be eligible to travel to Taiwan and must have a passport valid until at least March 2020. A visa is generally not required for U.S. citizens for stays of up to 90 days. Requirements vary widely for non-U.S. citizens. FSI will help finalists with the visa process.


FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI’s Global Policy Interns are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends do not exceed $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 FSI Academic Program Coordinator Patrick Laboon directly.


Applicants will be asked to submit:

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

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Please note: You may only apply to one FSI Global Policy Internship.

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