Application Deadline Extended: Thai American National Internship Program
The Thai American National Internship Program (TANIP) is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Thai American students to gain a firsthand look at the American government and political system in Washington DC, and to reflect on the role they, as future leaders, might play in strengthening the Thai-U.S. relationship.
In 2015, the Royal Thai Embassy initiated a program to provide Thai-American youth with the opportunity to intern/shadow in various offices at the national level. This experience helps to develop a stronger understanding of how government operates by experiencing it from an insider’s perspective. The program prepares young leaders to participate in the political/legislative/policy arenas and is dedicated to developing skills of individuals who are interested in public service. Not only is this an invaluable professional experience, but it also benefits the Thai community by increasing the interest of Thais in American politics in the future.
The 2016 Program Sponsored by the Royal Thai Embassy, in consultation with the US-Asia Institute, the 2016 program will provide the opportunity for a minimum of eight (8) Thai American students to come to Washington D.C. from May 29-July 23, 2016 to get hands-on experience in the policymaking process. During the first week orientation, students would get an inside look at how government works, hearing from Washington policymakers and influencers who play key roles in the American political system. Following orientation, the students would visit key institutions across Washington including The Capitol, Federal agencies, and the Supreme Court; area think tanks; associations; and businesses. They would attend congressional and judicial proceedings, briefings on topics of interest, and meet many key participants, policy makers and influencers (including lawmakers, Administration officials, lobbyists, educators, journalists and others). On weekends, they would explore the national capital area, including landmarks and historic, educational and cultural events, and interact with other Americans and foreign nationals in a wide range of social settings.
The students would be paired with various offices/individuals across Washington as determined, in a short-term professional development “shadowing” or internship component. This will help facilitate understanding of how government works and provide insight into topics of interest and concern in the Thai-U.S. relationship and other areas. The students will also spend one week at the Royal Thai Embassy gaining hands-on experience in a consular setting and learning more about Thai-US relations from that perspective.
Participants may be asked to participate in a briefing on Thailand and topics of interest vis-à-vis the bilateral and regional relationship with the United States. Though the students are not experts on the issue, they are in a unique position of having ancestral ties to Thailand and a better understanding of cultural nuances in the relationship. They will be asked to write a short analysis on the experience. We firmly believe that those chosen for the program have a role to play in informing U.S. policy influencers and others about their country and areas of interest.
Acceptance: A minimum of eight students will be accepted for this program. The students are responsible for all expenses related to the program to include travel to Washington DC and return to home location; housing (click here for a list of available housing options); food; ground transportation throughout the program; and cultural and spending money. All participants must, after acceptance into the program, show proof of health insurance. Scholarships will be available to defray part of the costs of the program with amount to be determined.
THAI AMERICAN NATIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
An Inside Look at U.S. Policymaking in Washington, DC
May 29-July 23, 2016
Format: The program will include one week of orientation where students will be introduced to how the American government works through a series of meetings with policy makers and influencers from government, business, academia and the diplomatic community. The student will spend a week interning at the Royal Thai Embassy to gain insight into that perspective on Thai-U.S. relations. They will then be placed in shadowing/internship positions for six weeks of hands-on experience.
Expenses: Students are responsible for all expenses related to the program to include travel to Washington DC and return to home location; housing (click here for a list of available housing options); food; ground transportation throughout the program; and cultural and spending money. All participants must, after acceptance into the program, show proof of health insurance. Scholarships will be available to defray part of the costs of the program with amount to be determined.
1. Candidate qualifications
- Age 18-25 years old
- An undergraduate degree OR enrolled as a full-time, upper level (3rd/4th year) student in good academic standing
- US citizenship
- Leadership ability and good interpersonal skills
- Record of community services
2. Selection and timeframe
Candidates can obtain an application form by visiting the Royal Thai Embassy website at www.thaiembdc.org or through the following link: http://goo.gl/zW6aG5
The application form will ask for
- Statement of Intent and Impact
- A copy of most recent transcript
- A copy of ID, passport or other official document as proof of US citizenship
- A copy of parent’s ID, passport or any official document as proof of Thai citizenship of the candidate’s parent (s)
- A copy of voter registration card
- At least one letter of recommendation from a community service organization, preferably a Thai American organization
The application form with required documents must be submitted by December 31, 2015 via the provided link: http://goo.gl/zW6aG5
1) A selection committee comprised of qualified individuals from the US-Asia Institute, the Thai Embassy and other sources will consider the applications and the qualified candidates will be contacted directly for a phone or video conference interview with the selection committee.
2) The successful candidates will be contacted directly after January 22, 2016 and the results will be announced publicly on Royal Thai Embassy’s websites and the program’s websites.
For questions ONLY, contact:
Royal Thai Embassy
1024 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20007
232 East Capitol Street NE
Washington DC 20003
TANIP Alumni Experiences
Justin Cobkit, University of Georgia
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Surapoj Pochanatwong, University of North Texas
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Chakapong Soundara, George Mason University
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Natchaya May Vutrapongvatana, New York University
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