Jane: Summer Internship in Taiwan – #3

Regretfully, this will be my last post on my internship in Taiwan. It’s been a eye-opening experience for the past two months and I’ll definitely miss it. It would me hard to summarise a two month experience in a blog post but I’d like to share some of the things I’ve learnt and discovered so read on, friends.

Through this programme, I was able to complete part of my practical work requirements overseas. Having to settle down in a new environment was a challenge but I was very grateful for the help of my student host and fellow interns. It feels so cliché, but I honestly do think this experience changed me. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me out of my shell – there’s no one there to do things for you so if you want something you get it yourself or ask for help. I had to interact with people in a unfamiliar language but in the end I am more confident in conversing in chinese. I learnt that it’s okay if you don’t really know what you’re doing, all you need is a little initiative to get the information you need.


Was it worth the hassle of getting hold of documents and stress of travelling? Very much so. Would I do it again? Most definitely. Travelling around Taiwan and exploring new places during the weekends was something I really looked forward to during the dull week. Don’t tell my supervisor but I was actually planning for weekend trips in the lab when I was supposed to be working (in my defense though, I was waiting for the machine to do its thing). I’ve made friends out of necessity with my fellow interns but sometime in the evenings we spent playing whatever sport that was available or random card games to fill our time, that friendship changed into something I will cherish.

Should you go for it? HELL YES. And you definitely will not regret it.


As always, if you have any questions feel free to drop me a message at jpan643@aucklanduni.ac.nz. If you want to see more of what I got up to in Taiwan, check out my Instagram @totorojane ☺️ All the best for the upcoming year!


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