Since 1992, the Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL) Political Internship Program (PIP) has been the flagship internship program demonstrating its commitment to civic participation. PIP’s mission is to empower the best and brightest students to make an impact in our community through civic engagement. Their aim is to foster the next generation of leaders and increase Taiwanese American representation in our country’s crucial decision-making processes.
The program places college students in local and federal elected officials’ offices for a summer internship that emphasizes identity and community impact while gaining leadership and networking experience. During the eight week Washington, D.C. program, participants learn the inner workings of the political process and attend sessions throughout the summer on leadership, identity, policy, and networking. They will also have opportunities for lobby visits with Congressional offices on issues important to the Taiwanese American community.
We asked Phoebe Shen, one of the 2015 TACL Political Internship Program interns to share her experience. Originally from Arcadia, CA, she is a student at Scripps College majoring in Legal Studies with a Sociology minor. She shares her experiences below: