Taiwan Foundation for Democracy

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:

Kharis Templeman, Program Manager, Taiwan Democracy Program

About the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy:

The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) is the first national democracy assistance foundation to be established in Asia, and is devoted to strengthening democracy and human rights in Taiwan and abroad.
The foundation’s primary concerns are to further consolidate Taiwan’s democratic system, to promote democracy in Asia, and to participate actively in the global democratic network. The TFD is committed to the vision of working together with like-minded organizations and individuals, building on Taiwan’s experience to advance a new wave of democratization worldwide.


The FSI Global Policy intern will work for a period of about ten weeks during Summer 2018. The intern’s project will involve planning the curriculum and assisting with the organization and teaching of the Asia Young Leaders for Democracy (AYLD) program hosted by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. Every summer, AYLD brings together about 20 committed young democrats and NGO activists from across Asia to visit Taiwan for the two-week program. Participants attend lectures and discussion sessions led by distinguished scholars and practitioners on a range of topics related to democracy and human rights, benefit from extensive networking opportunities with their counterparts from across the region, and gain insights into the successful case of Taiwan’s democratization as well as the island’s rich culture and history through a series of field excursions. The exact project duties will be developed with the intern and the TFD program staff, but will include opportunities to contribute to the development and revision of the AYLD curriculum and activities and to lead instruction in the intern’s area(s) of expertise.  

Eligibility and Skills Required:

The internship is open to continuing undergraduate students. (It is not open to applicants who will have graduate student status in fall 2018.) Students from any department are welcome to apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Applicants should have an interest in issues related to democracy, development, and the rule of law; civil society and NGO networks, and democracy promotion, particularly in Asia and/or Taiwan. Prior coursework in democracy, development, and the rule of law and engagement with the activities of Stanford’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and the Taiwan Democracy Project is a plus, as is previous experience in Taiwan.   

Additional Requirements:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Superior research and analytical skills
  • Language Requirement:
  • The Asia Young Leaders for Democracy program will be conducted in English, but some facility with conversational Mandarin will be helpful for daily activities and excursions outside of Taipei.


The internship is located in Taipei, Taiwan.

Visa Requirements:

Student must be eligible to travel to Taiwan and must have a passport valid until at least March 2018. 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 Academic Program Manager Gina Gonzales directly.


The application deadline is February 7, 2018, at 11:59 pm. Applicants will be asked to submit:
  • Application Form
  • Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation not required)
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Budget

Frequently Asked Questions

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


Apply here: https://solo.stanford.edu/opportunities/taiwan-foundation-democracy