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2018 AIT Youth Camp

Description: In celebration of the upcoming 40th Anniversary of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and our move to Neihu, AIT is proud to announce its sixth annual Youth Camp!  In collaboration with Academia Sinica, this year’s camp will bring together approximately 50 Taiwan and American youth leaders and will focus on U.S.-Taiwan relations.  Camp activities include interactive panels led by experts from U.S. government exchange programs, cultural exploration, and volunteer activities.

Program Dates: July 23-25, 2018

Venue: Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Fee: AIT will cover all expenses incurred during the camp, including meals, lodging, insurance, educational materials, and other miscellaneous fees. Students have to cover their own transportation to Academia Sinica.

Language: The camp will be conducted in English.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Taiwan undergraduate university students from all disciplines are eligible to apply.

  2. English proficiency is required. Participants must be able to discuss complex issues in English.

  3. Students should be enthusiastic about cultural exchange, international cooperation, and community engagement, and be able to demonstrate leadership potential.

  4. Completed application materials must be submitted on later than June 11, 2018 to include essays and resumes. Essay questions are listed below on P.3; please decide your own resume format.

  5. U.S. exchange programs alumni can recommend and nominate students. Students may also seek recommendations from professors, research supervisors, or volunteer organizations.

Application deadline: 23:00, June 11, 2018 (early submission is highly encouraged; applying after the deadline will NOT be accepted.)


The American Institute in Taiwan will select approximately 40 students from all regions of Taiwan. Applicants should send application materials to youthcamp2018@mail.ait.org.tw no later than June 11, 2018. Application materials include: (1) application form (see page 2); (2) essay questions (see page 3); (3) English resume. Applications will be reviewed by AIT officers and staff and alumni of U.S. government exchange programs. Students who are selected for a face-to-face (or Skype) English interview will be notified by late-June. Final selected campers will be notified by AIT the first week of July and provided with detailed camp information.

Contact Person: For any questions regarding the application process, please contact Pei Chien at ChienPY@mail.ait.org.tw

2018 AIT Youth Camp-- Student Application
Personal Information
Last Name: ______________ __ First Name: ______________ __
中文姓名: ______________ ___ 中文住址: _______________________________________________

Telephone: (Cell)________________________ ___ (Home)___________________________________
Email: _______________________________________________________________________________
School: _______________________________________________________________________________
Department: __________________________________________________________________________
Grade Level in Fall 2018: Sophomore / Junior / Senior / Recent Graduate / Other:_________

Gender: ______________ __

T-shirt Size: S/M/L/XL/2XL (Circle One)
Dietary Restrictions ____________________________________________________________________
Do you have any medical issues, including allergies, injuries, or recurring illnesses that we should be aware of? (This will not influence camper selection, only for use in planning camp activities).


Emergency Contact Information

Name: _________________________________ Relation to Student: ______________________

Phone Number: __________________________ E-mail Address: __________________________

Student Recommended by (optional):

Referee's name/title/organization: ________________________________________________________

Referee's email: _______________________________________________________________________

Is the referee a State Department Alumnus/Alumna? _________________________________________

If so, what exchange program did the referee participate in? ___________________________________

Referee 's Signature: ______________________ _________ Date: _______________

Personal Statement:

  1. Please discuss why you would like to participate in this year’s AIT Youth Camp. Describe past experiences (volunteer work, internships, international exchanges, community or school service, etc.) that have prepared you for this year’s camp. What’s the most important thing you have learned from the experience(s). (400 words or less)

  1. If you were given a chance to intern in the American Institute in Taiwan, what sections (agricultural, commercial, consular, economic, political, public diplomacy) would you like to intern for and why? In your opinion, how does your choice of section contribute to a strong U.S.-Taiwan relation? What project you would like to initiate, if any, during your internship? (400 words or less)

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