Internship Opportunity: The Thai-American National Internship Program (TANIP) 2022

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The Thai-American National Internship Program (TANIP) is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Thai-American students and young graduates to gain a firsthand look at the American government and political system in Washington D.C., and to reflect on the role they, as future leaders, might play in enhancing the voice of the Thai community in their states.

In 2015, the Royal Thai Embassy initiated a program to provide Thai-American youths with the opportunity to intern/shadow in various offices at the national level. This experience helps participants 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 and policy arenas, and is dedicated to developing the skills of individuals who are interested in public service. Not only is this an invaluable professional experience, but it also benefits the Thai community in the United States by increasing the interest of Thais in American politics.

Sponsored by the Royal Thai Embassy, in consultation with the U.S.-Asia Institute, the 2022 program is organized to provide the opportunity for Thai-American students and young graduates to come to Washington D.C. from 6 June – 5 August 2022 (9 weeks) to get hands-on experience in the policymaking process.

During the first week orientation, participants 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 the orientation, the students would visit key institutions across Washington, including the Capitol, Federal agencies, the Supreme Court, think tanks, associations and businesses. They would attend congressional and judicial proceedings, briefings on topics of interest, and meet many key participants, policymakers and influencers (including lawmakers, Administration officials, lobbyists, educators, journalists and others). On weekends, they would explore the city and interact with other Americans and foreign nationals in a wide range of social settings.

Participants will primarily be paired with a congressional office or other elected officials from their home district, unless otherwise requested. Due to the highly competitive nature of these positions, placement with a congressional office is not guaranteed. In these instances, participants will be paired with other appropriate organizations. While participants’ background and interests may not be in politics, they are encouraged to intern and make connections with elected officials, their staff and key influencers in Washington. This will not only help facilitate the understanding of how government works, but also equip participants with insights on how to make the concerns of those in their respective Thai community heard at the national level. The students will also spend one week at the Royal Thai Embassy, gaining hands-on experience on Thai-U.S. relations.

Participants may be asked to attend briefings on Thailand and other topics of interest vis-à-vis the bilateral and regional relationship with the United States. Though participants 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 also be required to write a short analysis on the experience at the end of the program.  We firmly believe that those chosen for the program have a role to play in informing U.S. policymakers and others about Thailand and its areas of interest.

Acceptance:  Thai-American students and young graduates who meet the qualifications will be accepted for this program.

Format:  The program includes one week of orientation where students will be introduced to how the American government works through a series of meetings with policymakers and influencers from government, business, academia and the diplomatic community. The student will then be placed in shadowing/internship positions for seven weeks of hands-on experience. They will spend their last week interning at the Royal Thai Embassy to gain insights on Thai-U.S. relations.

Expenses:  Participants are responsible for all expenses related to the program including travel to Washington, D.C. and return home; 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 may be available to defray part of the costs of the program with the amount to be determined.

Requirements:

1. Candidate qualifications

  • Age 18-25 years old
  • An undergraduate degree OR enrolled as a full-time undergraduate /or graduate student in good academic standing
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Thai descent
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Record of community service

2. Application process

Candidates can access the online application by clicking HERE or by visiting “https://thaiembdc.org/tanipapplication2022/

**The online application form and other required documents must be submitted by January 10, 2022.**

The online application form will ask for:

  • Resume (click HERE for resume sample)
  • Statement of Intent and Impact
  • A copy of most recent transcript
  • Two academic letters of recommendation
  • A letter of recommendation from a community service organization, preferably a Thai-American organization (optional)
  • A copy of U.S. passport, U.S. Birth Certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, or Certificate of Citizenship as proof of candidate’s U.S. citizenship
  • A copy of parent’s ID, passport or any official document as proof of Thai citizenship
  • A copy of voter registration card

 

**Click HERE to see the preview of the application form**

3. Selection process:

1) A selection committee comprised of qualified individuals from the Royal Thai Embassy and the U.S.-Asia Institute will consider the applications. Qualified candidates will be contacted directly for a phone or video conference interview with the selection committee.

2) Final candidates will be contacted directly by the end of January 2022 and the results will be announced on the Royal Thai Embassy’s website.

For more information, contact the Royal Thai Embassy at political@thaiembdc.org /202-298-4799, or U.S.-Asia Institute at usasiainstitute@hotmail.com /202-544-3181

 

THAI AMERICAN NATIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2022

DRAFT SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

June 6-Aug 5, 2022

June 5, 2022 Arrive in Washington, D.C.
June 6-10, 2022 Orientation/Introduction to the City
fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff Visits/Meetings with Representatives from The Executive and Judicial Branch (The White House, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Education, U.S.  Department of Defense, U.S. Supreme Court); Legislative Branch; Policy Influencers (Think Tanks, Journalists, Lobbyists, and Businesses/Private Sector)

Site Visits/Tours of the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the Pentagon

June 13-17, 2022 CONGRESS/GOVERNMENT IN ACTION: Shadowing/Internship
June 20-24, 2022 CONGRESS/GOVERNMENT IN ACTION: Shadowing/Internship
June 27-July 1, 2022 CONGRESS/GOVERNMENT IN ACTION: Shadowing/Internship
July 5-8, 2022 CONGRESS/GOVERNMENT IN ACTION: Shadowing/Internship
July 11-15, 2022 CONGRESS/GOVERNMENT IN ACTION: Shadowing/Internship
July 18-22, 2022 CONGRESS/GOVERNMENT IN ACTION: Shadowing/Internship
July 25-29, 2022 CONGRESS/GOVERNMENT IN ACTION: Shadowing/Internship
August 1-5, 2022 Internship at the Royal Thai Embassy
Program Wrap-Up/Evaluation
Certificate Presentation at the Royal Thai Embassy
August 6, 2022 Return Home

 

TANIP Alumni Testimonials

2021 Alumni

Reid Arné

The East-West Center in Washington

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Lisa Guagliano

Office of Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL21)

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Justin Hogenauer

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Ty Kiatathikom

Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

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Ashleigh Kong

Office of Congressman Jeff Fottenberry (R-NE1)

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Sai-kit Jeremy Lee

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)

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Kendrick Nikornpan

Office of Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA15)

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Kathryn Wangthamkua

Office of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA7) 

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2019 Alumni

Nan Kitiarsa

Offiec of Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL20)

Read Nan’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington

Naree Ketudat

Office of Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA15)

Read Naree’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington

Phet Srisupapol

Office of Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL11)

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Natalie Tantisirirat

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Read Natalie’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington

 

2018 Alumni

Tasha Boyer

Office of Congressman Robert Brady (D-PA1)

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Rachel Forrest

Office of Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL11)

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Ginger Slentz

Office of Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-CA29)

2017 Alumni

Balin Kird-in

Office of Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL11)

Read Balin’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington

Cherie La Mere

Office of Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO3)

Read Cherie’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington

Grace Namchaithotsaphon

Office of Congressman Robert Brady (D-PA1)

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Nattacha Munakata

The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL)

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Ada Yarungsee

Office of Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ4)

Peter Wongkraivet

Office of Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY14)

2016 Alumni

Alit Ponkaew

Office of Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL7)

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Apisra Srivanich-Raper

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)

Read Apisra’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington

Lennox Chaiveera

Office of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard (D-CA40)

Sophiaya

Sophiaya Chacon-Hyder

US-ASEAN Business Council

2015 Alumni

     Justin Cobkit

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)

Read Justin’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington, DC

Surapoj PochanatwongSurapoj Pochanatwong

Office of Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX27) 

Read Surapoj’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington, DC