Seeking AAPI Professionals: The APAICS Congressional Fellowship Program

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Sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies

Program Overview 

The APAICS Congressional Fellowship program 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. 

Applications are now open for our 2022 Congressional Racial Equity Fellowship program, in which Racial Equity fellows will research and analyze community-based recommendations along with key public policy initiatives that affect economic opportunity, structural racism and health equity.

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 opportunities to travel for briefings and conferences where anti-Asian hate legislation is being discussed. 

Program Requirements

  • Work 40 hours a week at the placement site 
  • Attend a one-day orientation 
  • Attend the APAICS annual Gala in May 2022 
  • Participate in APAICS-sponsored professional development events 
  • Collaborate with fellows from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 
  • Complete quarterly reports 
  • Submit a mid-program and end of program evaluation
  • Comply with APAICS policies regarding work performance and personal conduct ● In the latter half of the program, Racial Equity Fellows will host policy briefings on Capitol Hill and engage in discussions that examine Congress’ agenda to address social justice reform and its implications as it relates to the AAPI community. Racial Equity Fellows will produce policy session(s) creating awareness around AAPI social justice issues and anti-hate legislation. 
  • During Asian Heritage Month in May 2022, fellows will analyze best practices and policy solutions regarding the impact of racial disparities in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Their research will culminate in a racial equity session that they will organize and present at the next APAICS Legislative Summit in May 2022. 

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

Program Details 

Program Dates: December 2021-August 2022 

Program Duration: 9 months 

Location: Washington, D.C.

Application Deadline: July 30th, 11:59 PM ET

For more information see our website and Frequently Asked Questions page. Contact for questions: [email protected]

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