IIP Internships in Taiwan
American Chamber of Commerce Taipei, Taiwan Business Topics Magazine
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
About: The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Taipei is a non-profit, non-partisan business organization dedicated to promoting the interests of international business in the Republic of China (Taiwan). In the 63 years since its founding, AmCham has become one of the largest, most effective business organizations in Taiwan. With more than 1,000 members representing more than 500 companies, AmCham speaks with collective authority on international business matters in every sector of the economy.
Intern Responsibilities: The IIP intern will be considered as part of the reporting staff of the Taiwan Business Topics monthly magazine, the magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei. The intern will assist with researching (largely by conducting interviews) and writing articles for publication, as well as helping with proofreading and other editorial tasks. The IIP intern will also have the opportunity to attend speeches, presentations, and other events sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce. This IIP placement provides the opportunity to learn more about how international business is conducted, particularly the economic, political, and social environment in which business is done in Taiwan.
Qualifications: The IIP intern will function as a magazine reporter without close day-to-day supervision. Therefore, successful applicants must possess the ability to work well independently and demonstrate strong oral and written communications skills. IIP candidates with interests in Asian studies, international relations and/or economics are encouraged to apply. A working level of Mandarin skills is preferred but not required.
Previous work experiences (in the words of a past IIP intern): I wrote four articles for the August and September issues. One was a company spotlight featuring 8 members of the American Chamber. One discussed the quality of emergency care in Taiwan (for the cover of the August issue), one showcased American interns working in Taiwan, and the last one discussed hardware and software procurement in Taiwan. I conducted many interviews in person and over the phone, some in Chinese, in preparation to write these articles. I learned a lot about reporting and interviewing, as well as how to do business in Chinese.
View a PowerPoint (.pdf) by a past IIP intern: