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The Thai American National Internship Program (TANIP)

 

The Thai-American National Internship Program (TANIP) is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Thai-American students and young graduates to gain a firsthand look at the American government and political system in Washington D.C., and to reflect on the role they, as future leaders, might play in enhancing the voice of the Thai community in their states.

In 2015, the Royal Thai Embassy initiated a program to provide Thai-American youths with the opportunity to intern/shadow in various offices at the national level. This experience helps participants develop a stronger understanding of how government operates by experiencing it from an insider’s perspective. The program prepares young leaders to participate in the political, legislative and policy arenas, and is dedicated to developing the skills of individuals who are interested in public service. Not only is this an invaluable professional experience, but it also benefits the Thai community in the United States by increasing the interest of Thais in American politics.

Sponsored by the Royal Thai Embassy, in consultation with the U.S.-Asia Institute, the 2023 program is organized to provide the opportunity for Thai-American students and young graduates to come to Washington D.C. from 5 June – 4 August 2023 (9 weeks) to get hands-on experience in the policymaking process.

During the first week orientation, participants would get an inside look at how government works, hearing from Washington policymakers and influencers who play key roles in the American political system. Following the orientation, the students would visit key institutions across Washington, including the Capitol, Federal agencies, the Supreme Court, think tanks, associations and businesses. They would attend congressional and judicial proceedings, briefings on topics of interest, and meet many key participants, policymakers and influencers (including lawmakers, Administration officials, lobbyists, educators, journalists and others). On weekends, they would explore the city and interact with other Americans and foreign nationals in a wide range of social settings.

Participants will primarily be paired with a congressional office or other elected officials from their home district, unless otherwise requested. Due to the highly competitive nature of these positions, placement with a congressional office is not guaranteed. In these instances, participants will be paired with other appropriate organizations. While participants’ background and interests may not be in politics, they are encouraged to intern and make connections with elected officials, their staff and key influencers in Washington. This will not only help facilitate the understanding of how government works, but also equip participants with insights on how to make the concerns of those in their respective Thai community heard at the national level. The students will also spend one week at the Royal Thai Embassy, gaining hands-on experience on Thai-U.S. relations.

Participants may be asked to attend briefings on Thailand and other topics of interest vis-à-vis the bilateral and regional relationship with the United States. Though participants are not experts on the issue, they are in a unique position of having ancestral ties to Thailand and a better understanding of cultural nuances in the relationship. They will also be required to write a short analysis on the experience at the end of the program.  We firmly believe that those chosen for the program have a role to play in informing U.S. policymakers and others about Thailand and its areas of interest.

Acceptance:  Thai-American students and young graduates who meet the qualifications will be accepted for this program.

Format:  The program includes one week of orientation where students will be introduced to how the American government works through a series of meetings with policymakers and influencers from government, business, academia, and the diplomatic community. The student will then be placed in shadowing/internship positions for seven weeks of hands-on experience. They will spend their last week interning at the Royal Thai Embassy to gain insights into Thai-U.S. relations.

Expenses:  Participants are responsible for all expenses related to the program including travel to Washington, D.C. and return home; food; ground transportation throughout the program; and cultural and spending money.  All participants must, after acceptance into the program, show proof of health insurance. Scholarships may be available to defray part of the costs of the program with the amount to be determined.

Requirements:

1. Candidate qualifications

  • Age 18-25 years old
  • An undergraduate degree OR enrolled as a full-time undergraduate /or graduate student in good academic standing
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Thai descent
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Record of community service

2. Application process

Prospective candidates can access the online application by clicking HERE or by visiting “https://thaiembdc.org/tanipapplication2023

**The online application form and other required documents must be submitted by January 16, 2023.**

The online application form will ask for:

  • Resume (click HERE for resume sample)
  • Statement of Intent and Impact
  • A copy of most recent transcript
  • One to two letters of recommendation
  • A portfolio of Thai-American community engagements (optional)
  • A copy of U.S. passport, U.S. Birth Certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, or Certificate of Citizenship as proof of candidate’s U.S. citizenship
  • A copy of parent’s ID, passport, or any official document as proof of Thai descent
  • A copy of voter registration card

 

**Click HERE to see the preview of the application form**

3. Selection process:

1) A selection committee comprised of qualified individuals from the Royal Thai Embassy and the U.S.-Asia Institute will consider the applications. Qualified candidates will be contacted directly for a video conference interview with the selection committee.

2) Final candidates will be contacted directly by the end of January 2023 and the results will be announced on the Royal Thai Embassy’s website.

For more information, contact the Royal Thai Embassy at [email protected] /202-298-4799, or U.S.-Asia Institute at [email protected] /202-544-3181

 

 

THAI AMERICAN NATIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2023

DRAFT SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

June 5 to August 4, 2023

June 4, 2023 Arrive in Washington, D.C.
June 5-9, 2023 Orientation/Introduction to the City
  Visits/Meetings with Representatives from The Executive and Judicial Branch (The White House, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Education, U.S.  Department of Defense, U.S. Supreme Court); Legislative Branch; Policy Influencers (Think Tanks, Journalists, Lobbyists, and Businesses/Private Sector)

 

Site Visits/Tours of the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the Pentagon

June 12-16, 2023 CONGRESS/GOVERNMENT IN ACTION: Shadowing/Internship
June 19-23, 2023 CONGRESS/GOVERNMENT IN ACTION: Shadowing/Internship
June 26-30, 2023 CONGRESS/GOVERNMENT IN ACTION: Shadowing/Internship
July 3-7, 2023 CONGRESS/GOVERNMENT IN ACTION: Shadowing/Internship
July 10-14, 2023 CONGRESS/GOVERNMENT IN ACTION: Shadowing/Internship
July 17-21, 2023 CONGRESS/GOVERNMENT IN ACTION: Shadowing/Internship
July 24-28, 2023 CONGRESS/GOVERNMENT IN ACTION: Shadowing/Internship
July 31-August 4, 2023 Internship at the Royal Thai Embassy
  Program Wrap-Up/Evaluation
  Certificate Presentation at the Royal Thai Embassy
August 5, 2023 Return Home

 

2023 TANIP Cohort

 

Alyssa Leawprasert

Office of Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA50)

Read Alyssa’s Reflection on TANIP Experience
Alyssa1

 

Joseph Tak Maga

East-West Center

Read Joseph’s Reflection on TANIP Experience

Joseph1

 

Natasha Siripha Totmanee

East-West Center

Read Natasha’s Reflection on TANIP Experience

Natasha

 

Natchapol Israngkura Na Ayudha

Optica

Read Natchapol ‘s Reflection on TANIP Experience

Natchapol

 

Olivia Palinee Ruderman

Office of Congressman James Moylan (R-Guam At-Large)

Read Olivia ‘s Reflection on TANIP Experience


Olivia

 

2022 TANIP Cohort

 

Rosalyn Bejrsuwana

Office of Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

Read Rosie’s Reflection on TANIP Experience

22Rosalyn

 

Jennifer Davis

House Democratic Caucus

Read Jennifer’s Reflection on TANIP Experience

22Jennifer

 

Perry Srisawat

Office of Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI5)

Read Perry’s Reflection on TANIP Experience

22perry

 

Aoy Staples

Office of Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD8)

Read Aoy’s Reflection on TANIP Experience

 

22Aoy

 

 

TANIP Alumni Testimonials

2021 Alumni

 

Reid Arné

The East-West Center in Washington

Read Reid’s Reflection on TANIP Experience 

22Reid

 

Lisa Guagliano

Office of Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL21)

Read Lisa’s Reflection on TANIP Experience

21lisa

 

Justin Hogenauer

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Read Justin’s Reflection on TANIP Experience

21justin

 

Ty Kiatathikom

Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

Read Ty’s Reflection on TANIP Experience

21Ty

 

Ashleigh Kong

Office of Congressman Jeff Fottenberry (R-NE1)

Read Ashleigh’s Reflection on TANIP Experience

21Ashleigh

 

Sai-kit Jeremy Lee

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)

Read Jeremy’s Reflection on TANIP Experience

21sai

 

Kendrick Nikornpan

Office of Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA15)

Read Kendrick’s Reflection on TANIP Experience

21kendrick

 

Kathryn Wangthamkua

Office of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA7) 

Read Kathryn’s Reflection on TANIP Experience

21Kathryn

 

 

2019 Alumni

Nan Kitiarsa

Office of Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL20)

Read Nan’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington

19nan

 

 

Naree Ketudat

Office of Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA15)

Read Naree’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington

19naree

 

Phet Srisupapol

Office of Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL11)

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19phet

 

Natalie Tantisirirat

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Read Natalie’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington

19Natalie

 

2018 Alumni

Tasha Boyer

Office of Congressman Robert Brady (D-PA1)

Read Tasha’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington

18Tasha

 

Rachel Forrest

Office of Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL11)

Read Rachel’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington

18Rachel

 

Ginger Slentz

Office of Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-CA29)

2017 Alumni

18Ginger

 

Balin Kird-in

Office of Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL11)

Read Balin’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington

17Balin

 

Cherie La Mere

Office of Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO3)

Read Cherie’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington

16Charles

 

Grace Namchaithotsaphon

Office of Congressman Robert Brady (D-PA1)

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17Grace

 

Nattacha Munakata

The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL)

Read Nattacha’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington

17Natacha

 

Ada Yarungsee

Office of Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ4)

17Ada

 

Peter Wongkraivet

Office of Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY14)

2016 Alumni

17Peter

 

Alit Ponkaew

Office of Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL7)

Read Alit’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington

16Alit

 

Apisra Srivanich-Raper

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)

Read Apisra’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington

16Charles

 

Lennox Chaiveera

Office of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard (D-CA40)

16Lennox

 

Sophiaya Chacon-Hyder

US-ASEAN Business Council

2015 Alumni

16Sophiaya

 

Justin Cobkit

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)

Read Justin’s Experience as a Thai-American Second Generation in Washington, DC

Surapoj Pochanatwong

Office of Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX27) 

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15Surapoj