Esther Duann 段宜瑄 (Taiwan)
亞太美國學校 Pacific American School
I was very lucky to have the chance to work with the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy in the summer of 2021. Before interning at TAISE, I dreamed about becoming an activist for the environment – in reality, I realized that I only have rudimentary knowledge about corporate sustainability and environmental policies. Therefore, I reached out to the institution earlier in the year and unexpectedly got a reply! As a result, I started my first ever internship at TAISE as a high school student.
During the two months, I had the pleasure to help with the translation work of the 2021 Climate Change Painting Competition. I found it empowering to see children from across the world devote their creativity to create beautiful paintings that reflect the urgency of the climate crisis. Additionally, I also get a sense of the complication behind every competition, event, and workshop and further appreciate the hard work of the employees in TAISE.
In addition, I helped compost social media posts for the great practices of the 2021 Global Sustainability Awards (GCSA) that had been displayed on the “Alliance for Sustainable Development Goals - A·SDGs” page. During the process, I reviewed multiple case studies of how different companies contributed to the Sustainable Development Goals through corporate social responsibility mechanisms. I also had the opportunity to participate in a virtual training given by Mr. Shen. Through the workshop, I understand the current development of CSR both at home and abroad and obtain helpful information for a possible future career path.
After interning at TAISE, I learned not only about sustainability but also about the functioning of one of the largest non-profit organizations in Taiwan. It was truly fascinating to see how different institution branches worked together and successfully coordinated multiple forums, workshops, and awards throughout the year.
Lastly, I want to thank Mr. Wayne Chu, who constantly provides help and guidance throughout my internship. I would also like to thank Chairman, Dr. Chien and Chief Deputy Secretary-General, Dr. Wang, for giving me this fantastic opportunity. The seemingly short experiences of my internship at TAISE allowed me to gain a more refined understanding of the field of sustainability and also provided me with a clearer vision of my future career path. It would be my pleasure if I can work with TAISE again in the upcoming future.