Since 1992, the TACL Political Internship Program (PIP) has been TACL’s flagship internship program, demonstrating TACL’s 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. We aim 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. This year’s nine-week Los Angeles program includes:

  • Internship: Full-time placement in a local district office to learn the inner workings of the political process
  • Workshops: Two-day orientation and sessions throughout the summer on leadership, identity, policy, and networking
  • Advocacy: Summer-long intern group project culminating in a 3-day lobbying visit to Sacramento on an issue important to the TA community
  • Mentorship: Meaningful one-on-one relationship with an experienced mentor

All college students interested in Taiwanese American issues — regardless of previous political experience, major, or career goals — may apply.


E-mail Jeff Shieh, Political Internship National Director, at


  • Each participant is responsible for his or her own transportation during the program.
  • Transportation and housing costs for the mandatory orientation retreat and Sacramento lobbying trip will be subsidized.
  • Participants will not receive compensation from the participating offices.
  • A stipend of $1,000 from TACL may be granted dependent upon successful completion of the internship.