Official Site : 2012 Info
Organizer: Industrial Technology Research Institute
Facebook: 2010, 2011.
Official Program Objective: (from ITRI's HR Director)
"1) Get useful work out of the interns: we have lots of technical and/or international-related projects to which our interns can contribute;
2) Establish/build ITRI’s reputation among university students, to develop a talent pool for long-term recruiting purposes;
3) Establish/build ITRI's links to overseas universities and research institutes;
4) Bring in new ideas and perspectives in order to encourage innovation;
5) Part of overall internationalization efforts: allow ITRI managers and staff to get used to working with international talent, improve organizational English and international knowledge and skills, etc."
Program Eligibility: "This program is open to graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled at accredited 4-year colleges and universities. Candidates must hold a valid passport from a country other than Taiwan (ROC)."
Number of Participants: 25-30
Program Duration: "Each summer ITRI hosts 25-30 international students for 10-week internships. ITRI also offers a limited number of longer internships of 4-6 months during Spring and Fall. Interns should be available to work one of the following periods:
Summer Period 1: May 8 to July 17, 2012
Summer Period 2: June 19 to August 24, 2012
For longer internships (4-6 months), dates are flexible depending on student and department needs."
Cost: None, but participants must cover their own travel expenses. A monthly stipend is given (amounts are before taxes): Undergraduates 30 000 NT, Master's students 32 000 NT, PhD students 35 000 NT. Expect to break-even, or come out slightly ahead in terms of finances. Free on-site accommodation at ITRI campus is also provided.
Admission Difficulty: Highly selective. 2010 saw 200 applications for 18 internship positions. As well, 3-5 positions are typically filled in partnership with TTT.
Repeat Participants? Yes. There are typically 1 to 2 repeat participants each summer.
The Low-Down: (from ITRI's HR Director) "In general I would say that our interns are expected to work hard and act professionally, but we don't put heavy pressure on them - usually they are self-motivated and put plenty of pressure on themselves. In my experience each summer the interns bond as a group and have plenty of fun, breaking into subgroups and exploring all over Taiwan in their off time. We also have a fair amount of diversity among our interns, with about half being overseas/'2nd-generation' Taiwanese and the other half being 'first-timers' to Taiwan, coming from Russia, India, France, New Zealand, US/Canada and other countries; roughly 80% are undergrads, the rest MS and PhD students."
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