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Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER)

Submissions open: 
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Application deadline: 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 23:59

Host Organization:    Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER)


Organization Profile:

  • TIER was Established in 1976 by Dr. Chen-Fu Koo with Dr. Sho-Chieh Tsiang (Nobel Economic Prize Nominee) being the first President
  • The first private independent think tank in Taiwan
  • TIER has around 500 full-time staff with 33.5 million USD revenue in 2018.
  • The current President of TIER is Dr. Chang, Chien-Yi
  • Ranked 2nd  in Taiwan and 19th  overall in Top Think Tanks in Southeast Asia and the Pacific (Source: TTCSP 2018)
  • The mission of TIER is to conduct economic, industrial and innovation policy research, and make policy recommendations to Taiwan Government.

City:      Taipei City

Internship Department:     Division III

Department Profile:

Division III is led by Dr. Xinwu Lin, it has around 20 FTE researchers

The main research focus of DivIII are:

  • National and regional Innovation Systems and Competitiveness
  • Policy design and evaluation
  • National Digital transformation Strategy for Manufacturing Sector
  • Innovation Indicators
  • Innovation Policy and National IP policy Studies
  • Taiwan Start-up Ecosystem
  • Social Enterprise policy
  • Skill Policy

Work description:

Monitoring and Identifying Specific Technology Trend and Keywords Associated with the Trend (e.g. Blockchain) through various keyword analysis methods and other data metrics

  • The intern Perform keyword extraction and text categorization on existing databases (patent) and other media to determine specific technology trends and mappings
  • Find new keywords/companies associated with various technologies to help further research efforts about those technologies
  • Continue building on the existing programs and analysis done by previous years’ interns
  • Research and develop methods to test the robustness of results
  • Verify and refine results related to specific technologies with the help of TIER colleagues (this project is a continuation from previous years’ Stanford interns’ project which is independent and experimental. TIER colleagues are mainly involved in the project to give advice and exchange ideas while results are generated independently by the intern.)

Developing New Machine Learning Algorithm for Talent Forecast in Specific Industry

  • The intern will create and refine (NLP) analysis programs to gather information for Talent Forecast project
  • Use the data to work with coworkers and determine potential avenues for talent forecast
  • TIER colleagues will work together with the intern to develop new machine learning Algorithm
  • Work with both Chinese and English databases in various format (html, text, pdf, docx, etc.)
  • TIER colleagues will support with necessary domain know-how to verify the results

Number of Opening(s):      1

Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June

22 –August 14, 2020):   The internship period is from June 22 to Aug. 14, 2020. Each intern should commit to working full-time (a minimum of 35 hours) per week for a minimum of 8 weeks.

Local Language:    Chinese (Mandarin)

Not required:  (Chinese language speaking and reading skills preferred but not required)

Additional desired intern qualifications:   Some familiarity with Natural Language Processing (NLP) preferred.

Taiwan (ROC)
City or Cities: 
Taipei City
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and coterms who are undergraduates in all majors, including undeclared. Coterm students must still have undergraduate status. MA students in the Center for East Asian Studies are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Seniors must postpone graduation paperwork until the internship ends, but may participate in commencement. For summer graduation requirements, including details regarding enrollment requirements and information about participation in the June commencement ceremonies, students should contact their major department's student services office and Registrar's Office for graduation quarter petition.
  • Preferably, before beginning their internships, selected candidates should have taken at least one course regarding the internship region. The course can be taken in the spring quarter. 

For more internship positions provided by the Stanford Global Studies Internship Program, please see our internship listing

Each applicant can apply for a maximum of two program-arranged positions. If you apply more than two positions, we will only accept the first two applications based on the time of your submission. 

For more information, please see Eligibility and Stipend.

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