To prepare college students for challenges that may lie ahead in their profession while exploring opportunities in other emerging markets, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in recent years offered internship abroad programs with hundreds of college students vying for jobs provided by Taiwanese companies which operate in the emerging markets.
Economic Minister John Deng met with students who participated in an internship abroad program last year. In 2014, a total of 63 students from 15 colleges were sent to emerging markets including Mexico, Brazil, Vietnam, Indonesia, and some other Southeast Asian countries. Students said that the learning-by-doing did help them pick up faster and have in-depth knowledge of the foreign market they spent time with. A student said the internship abroad has broadened her horizons and boosted her competitiveness.
Enterprises joining the program are highly satisfied, saying that the program help them recruit and retain talent far more effectively. A representative of Taiwanese apparel manufacturer Reliable Source Industrial Company (RSI) said the company is glad to be part of the program to cultivate needed talent not only for the company itself but also for the country to exercise its corporate social responsibility.
In a new year, another round of the internship abroad program is to kick off soon with more application details to be announced at www.trade.gov.tw in mid- or late March.