Election Watches

Students networkingAPF Canada has a strong track record of engaging post-secondary students and young professionals on issues that matter to the Canada-Asia relationship. One of these initiatives is our Election Watches – small groups working together to dive into the politics, key actors, and campaign issues in Asia’s key elections.

We launched our first Election Watch on a pilot basis with the May 2016 Philippines election, followed by Bangladesh (2018), Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka (2019), and Taiwan and Myanmar (2020).

APF Canada is currently planning for two Election Watches in 2022 – South Korea (March) and the Philippines (May). Applications for the South Korea Election Watch are due on September 24 at 11:59 p.m. PST (please see below for more information). It will run from November 2021 to March 2022, and will involve approximately 10-12 senior undergraduate students, graduate students or recent graduates. In brief, the program will consist of:

  • Weekly or biweekly participant-led discussions to share perspectives, updates, and analysis on election-related issues in South Korea
  • Occasional guest lectures by experts on major themes relevant to the upcoming Korean election
  • Workshops to help you develop your ideas and get your work ready for publication

Benefits to participants include:

  • Skills development
    • Deepen your understanding of one of Asia’s most consequential and dynamic countries
    • Sharpen your analytical and writing skills for a variety of stakeholders (policy-makers, business community, general public, academia, etc.)
  • Publication opportunity
    • Have your analysis published by one of Canada’s premier globally focused think-tanks
  • Networking
    • Engage and network with scholars and experts on contemporary South Korean politics and issues relevant to the Canada-Korea relationship
    • Meet members of the APF Canada research team
    • Meet fellow students and young professionals with similar interests from across Canada

Selection criteria:

  • Current graduate or senior undergraduate students or recent graduate in political science, international relations, sociology, journalism, Asian Studies, economics, or related field
  • Familiarity (through coursework, volunteer experience, media consumption, etc.) with politics and related social issues in contemporary Asia
  • Experience writing short, analytical pieces
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively
  • Korean language skills an asset (but not required)
  • Social media, graphic design, video and audio production skills an asset

Interested international students and workers residing in Canada are encouraged to apply. As meetings will be held virtually, we welcome applications from across the country. Meetings will be held on a weekday (day TBD) in the early evenings (Pacific Time).

Application checklist:

  • CV
  • Cover letter (please introduce of yourself, provide information about any skills, interests, or experiences you have that may be relevant to the Election Watch, and what you hope to gain from participating in the South Korea Election Watch)
  • Short writing sample (between 2-10 pages)

Questions and applications should be directed to Ms. Julia Nguyen at julia.nguyen@asiapacific.ca.

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