Taipei, April 21 (CNA) A 19-year-old high school girl beat two other finalists Friday to win what is being touted by the organizers as the "best internship in the world" to the Northern Mariana Islands to promote travel there.
Lin Yu-shuan (林語萱), who will graduate this summer from the Taipei Municipal Zhong Shan Girls High School, stood out from over 400 candidates after three rounds of competition to become the youngest-ever winner of the program, now in its fourth year.
Lin will be paid NT$60,000 (US$2,000) to travel throughout the U.S. territory in the Pacific for a week and receive training as a tour guide, according to the Marianas' Visitors Authority office in Taipei.
The young winner, who is also striving to get accepted by a good university in Taiwan, is set to depart on her dream internship right after the college entrance exam in July.
Lin admitted that the process of preparing for the two totally different kinds of competition was very challenging, but she said she also learned better time management from the experience.
The office said Lin was picked for both her great composure on stage and her unique life experience.
Lin has already traveled to 19 countries, including Nepal, Cambodia and China, where she served as a volunteer.
She has also been sponsored by a local company to take part in a 300-kilometer dog sledding expedition in the Arctic.
Asked about her dream by the judges, Lin said she has no clear idea of what she wants to do, but added that whichever path she chooses, it will be one that benefits society.
(By Wang Shu-fen and Lee Hsin-Yin)