National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
MIT–NYCU Internship Program
- International Industry Internship
- International Remote Research Internship
- Lab Visit and Cultural Excursion
While the COVID-19 pandemic has hindered international exchange activities worldwide, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have cooperated with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and E.SUN Commercial Bank to launch the MIT–NYCU Internship Program. Sponsored by the Ministry of Education, NYCU recruits top students from MIT to perform research in NYCU laboratories and participate in internships offered by partner enterprises. This program promotes exchange between MIT students, NYCU faculty and students, and Taiwan’s industry, creating mutual benefits for the Taiwanese government, enterprises, NYCU, MIT, and students.
In 2020, NYCU became the first university to launch this program, attracting 20 MIT students to sign up. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, international students have been unable to enter Taiwan. Consequently, only four students with Taiwan–United States dual citizenship have successfully entered Taiwan to perform internships at partner enterprises. For those who could not visit Taiwan, NYCU has arranged an on-campus laboratory internship in which NYCU professors provide remote guidance to eight students over a course of 2 months.
The four students who have successfully entered Taiwan will participate in a 2-month professional internship at TSMC or E.SUN Commercial Bank. Before the students start the internship, NYCU has also arranged a 1- to 2-week laboratory visit program for them to collaborate with NYCU faculty and students and participate in research projects. NYCU hopes that through constructive interaction and exchange, program participants will acquire new viewpoints and be creatively inspired, triggering future research collaboration between the two institutions. In addition, NYCU has assigned a learning companion for each MIT student so that they can have in-depth, international exchange with local students during their stay in Taiwan.
This internship program was made possible by the Vice President for International Affairs, Prof. Kuan-Neng Chen, who is also an MIT alumnus. Chen stated, “Taiwan is eager to establish collaborative relationships with countries worldwide. In the past 6 months, numerous exchange activities have been halted because of COVID-19. At present, NYCU will not only maintain our existing international collaboration but also proactively expand collaboration with top universities worldwide. The MIT–NYCU Internship Program is a huge step we have made this year despite the setback engendered by the pandemic.”
E.SUN Commercial Bank stated, “Talent is a leading indicator of social progress as well as a key indicator of corporate sustainable development. E.SUN Commercial Bank has long been devoted to talent cultivation. We provide diverse internship programs to help outstanding students understand the operation of finance technology. In the MIT–NYCU Internship Program, the MIT students will not only develop their professional abilities but also jointly participate in projects with E.SUN Commercial Bank’s summer interns. Accordingly, talented individuals with diverse backgrounds will be able to interact and exercise their creativity as well as gain different types of experience. Through this internship program, we hope to continue increasing Taiwan’s influence on top universities worldwide and associate the bank’s brand with the cultivation of international talent.”
Janice Yang, an MIT student who will intern at E.SUN Commercial Bank, maintained that she is excited to participate in the internship program. Being able to receive this opportunity; learn about applications of machine learning and information technology; and interact, network, and collaborate with Taiwanese university students is a brand-new experience for her. Cynthia Lin, who will intern at TSMC, stated that the main attraction for her in signing up for the program was the chance to intern at a world-renowned enterprise. She hopes to acquire practical industry experience through this opportunity. Growing up abroad, Cynthia also looks forward to using this opportunity to strengthen her Taiwanese identity and her connection to Taiwanese culture.