Sponsored by Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
Applications for APAICS’ Congressional Fellowship are open! The APAICS Congressional Fellowship is designed for rising 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 a legislative team.
APAICS 2022-2023 Congressional Fellows Receive:
- Professional work experience in Washington, DC
- 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 programs, networking, and access to the APAICS alumni network
- Work 40 hours a week at the placement site
- Attend a one-day orientation
- Attend the APAICS annual Gala in May 2023
- Participate in APAICS-sponsored professional development events
- Complete quarterly reports
- Submit a mid-program and end of program evaluation
- Comply with APAICS policies regarding work performance and personal conduct
- Develop and execute a policy briefing to promote public policy issues of importance to AAPIs
- Have completed their undergraduate or graduate degree and/or have at least five years of public service experience prior to the program start date.
- Note: A few of our Congressional host offices require candidates to have a graduate degree. We encourage applicants who will have completed a master’s degree or J.D. by September 2022 to apply. That being said, you do not need to have a graduate degree to be considered for our other Congressional host offices.
- 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.
Required Documents: the following items are required as part of the application. No exceptions will be made for incomplete applications after the deadline.
- Cover Letter
- Essay Responses
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Academic Transcript(s) (official or unofficial, if applicable)
Deadline to apply: February 5, 2022
The APAICS Congressional Fellowship Program is a highly competitive program. Applications are reviewed in a multi-step process by a Selection Committee that includes program alumni, staff, and board members.
Round 1 – Application review: Applications are reviewed individually and scored by the Selection Committee. Applications are scored based on evidence of leadership and leadership potential, including community involvement, commitment to public service, clarity of writing, and ability to challenge self.
Round 2 – Interview: Top candidates receive an invitation to interview with members of the Selection Committee. Interviews are scored based on leadership qualities and experience, professionalism, commitment to public service, and future plans and aspirations.
Round 3 – Finalist Interviews: Top candidates following Round 2 will be designated as finalists by the selection committee. Finalist application packages are forwarded to congressional office partners for interviews and placement.
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