Einaudi–National Taiwan University (Taipei) Internship
Application Deadline: March 9, 2022
Taiwan’s Labor Movements In the Global Economy: A Recent History
A six-week virtual internship studying the recent history of Taiwan’s labor movements. Professor Ming-sho Ho from NTU and Professor Eli Friedman from Cornell will oversee the project. Professor Ho will aid in familiarizing the student with historical and digital sources, and both he and Professor Friedman will meet regularly via online platforms to help guide the project implementation. Research responsibilities will include meeting with and interviewing movement activists, collecting written materials, and joining various movement events.
Fluency in spoken and written Mandarin will be needed.
In the span of a few short decades of neoliberal globalization, the fate of Taiwan’s working class has shifted dramatically. Integration into the global economy produced decades of high-speed growth beginning in the 1960s, helping to lift millions out of poverty. But by the early 21st century, Taiwan was already experiencing strong negative consequences: offshoring of production and deindustrialization, stagnating wages, and growing inequality. While many Taiwanese corporations benefited immensely from increased access to workers and markets in China and Southeast Asia, Taiwan’s workers have faced increased economic pressures.
This research project investigates how Taiwan’s labor movements have navigated this changing global context. We will trace how unions and other civil society actors have responded to the vicissitudes of globalization over the past fifty years. We are interested in documenting how diverse labor actors have either embraced or resisted deeper global integration, how the contours of the debate have evolved along with economic and geopolitical shifts, and to what extent the labor movement has emphasized transnational vs. domestic issues.
- Must be a rising sophomore, a rising junior, or a rising senior at Cornell University.
- Must be in good standing academically and have no unresolved disciplinary charges or sanctions.
- Must have completed at least a year of coursework with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher.
- Must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at the time of the internship.
General Internship Requirements
- Students must commit six weeks and 30–35 hours per week over the summer (6–7 hours per day, five days per week).
- Students are expected to be sensitive to differences in time zones and be available for virtual meetings during office hours in the country of the internship.
- Students must complete a mid-internship survey and a concluding reflection and evaluation survey.
- Students participating in the summer internship program are not permitted to hold full-time jobs during the internship.
- Applicants shortlisted for interviews will be asked about competing commitments over the summer.
- Students will receive a stipend for participating in the internship.
- The stipend will be disbursed in two installments at the start and end of the internship. The second installment of the stipend will be contingent upon a positive mid-internship review and successful completion of the internship.