Taipei, June 22 (CNA) A total of 15 Taiwanese interns are scheduled to head to Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia this summer for a month-long internship program organized by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the party announced on Friday.
The interns, who include students whose parents are new immigrants from Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand, will be assigned to learn in nine Taiwanese companies in the three countries, according to the DPP's Facebook page.
It is hoped that through first hand experience and observations, the young people will be able to help strengthen ties between Taiwan and the countries, the DPP added.
DPP Deputy Secretary-General Hsu Chia-ching (???) encouraged the interns to accept each challenge with curiosity and understand the difficulties of other people through one's own experience.
She also urged the interns to take advantage of their language abilities, to be open-minded, and to learn more about local communities.
Ho Meng-hua (???), head of the DPP's Department of Youth Development, said that through the program, she hopes the students will have a deeper understanding of the Southeast Asian countries' culture and society.
It is hoped they will eventually become leaders in Taiwan's diplomacy and deepen the understanding between their own country and its Southeast Asian neighbors, Ho said.
The 15 students, who were selected out of 130 applicants, will receive a subsidy for their airplane tickets, accommodation and living expenses, Ho said.
According to the DPP's Department of Youth Development's Facebook page, applicants were able to apply for the program from May 15 to June 4. On June 8 and June 15, the first round shortlist of potential candidates and the final selected candidates, were announced, respectively.
A workshop for the interns was held on Friday. The internships will run from July to September. The interns are expected to give presentations on their internship and share what they have learned after they return to Taiwan, the DPP said. (Yeh Su-ping and William Yen)
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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