Applications Now Open For the APAICS Congressional Fellowship

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Sponsored by Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)

Program Overview

The APAICS Congressional Fellowship is designed for young AAPI professionals looking to increase their experience in public policy and service. The full-time, paid, 9-month program, places fellows in congressional offices to gain policy experience serving as part of the legislative team. The program provides fellows with opportunities to build their leadership skills, encourages political engagement, and fosters interest in a public service career.

2021-2022 Fellowship Program Dates: September 7, 2021 – June 4, 2022
Application Deadline: January 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST

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2021-2022 Fellowship Tracks

APAICS Fellows are placed across House and Senate offices, committees, and leadership offices. General Congressional Fellows work on a variety of policy issues depending on their interest, expertise, and the placement office’s needs. Issue area-specific tracks are designed for applicants with interest/experience in the policy area. Applicants for an issue-specific track will also be considered for any general congressional fellowship opening as well. Previous issue area-specific fellowship tracks include general legislative fellows, education fellows, STEM fellows, and financial services fellows.

The 2021-2022 issue area tracks currently include: 

1) General Congressional Fellowship: For applicants wishing to gain congressional work experience on a range of legislative issues. General congressional fellows  work with their placement offices to establish a legislative issue portfolio responsive to the applicant’s interest/experience and the office’s needs.

2) Comcast Tech & Telecom Fellowship: For applicants with a specific interest in pursuing tech and telecom policy while in Congress and in their future pursuits. The Tech & Telecom Fellow’s responsibilities may include other legislative issue areas and is not solely restricted to this issue-area track. We encourage any applicant with experience or an interest in increasing their experience in tech & telecom issues to apply for this track.

Specific tracks beyond general congressional fellowship (i.e. Tech & Telecom Fellowship) will require an additional short essay response during the application process.

Program Details

Program Benefits
APAICS Congressional Fellows Receive:

  • Professional work experience in Washington, DC
  • Benefits:
    • A grant of $27,000 for the duration of the nine-month Fellowship (equivalent to a $36,000 annual salary)
    • Domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, D.C.
    • Professional Development Funds
    • Health insurance reimbursement up to $200 a month 
  • Professional development program, networking, access to APAICS alumni network, and more

Program Requirements

  • Work 40 hours a week at placement site
  • Attend a one-day orientation 
  • Participate in all APAICS-sponsored activities
  • Develop and execute a policy briefing to promote public policy issues of importance to AAPIs
  • Complete quarterly reports
  • Submit a mid-program and end of program evaluation
  • Comply with APAICS policies regarding work performance and personal conduct

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have completed their undergraduate or graduate degree and/or have at least five years of public service experience prior to the program start date.
  • Be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or individuals who are legally authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who possess lawful evidence of employment authorization. 
    • Note: Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application that is valid throughout the program.
  • Family members of the APAICS Board of Directors or National Advisory Council are prohibited from participating in any APAICS programs.

Application Guidelines

Required Documents: the following items are required as part of the application. No exceptions will be made for incomplete applications after the deadline.

  • Resume
  • Essay Responses
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Transcript(s) (official or unofficial, if applicable)

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