The Congressional Fellowship is designed for young AAPI professionals looking to increase their experience in public policy and service. The full-time, paid, nine-month long program, provides Fellows with opportunities to build their leadership skills, encourages political engagement, and fosters interests in public service careers. Fellows are placed in congressional offices and serve as part of the legislative team.
The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) : FELLOWSHIPS
The APAICS Congressional Fellowship program offers full-time legislative and public policy fellowships in Washington, D.C. The Fellowship provides exceptional graduates and young professionals an opportunity to work on policy issues as staff members of a congressional office. The program aims to build leadership skills, encourage political civic engagement, and foster a strong interest in public service careers.
2020-2021 Fellowship Program Dates: September 2020 – June 2021
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
Deadline to apply: January 24, 2020.
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PERIOD: 9 months and 1-year fellowships
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.
BENEFITS: Program stipend and complimentary roundtrip airline ticket sponsored by Southwest Airlines
AREAS OF FOCUS For 2016-2017:
General Fellowship – 9 months (September – May)
Financial Services focus – 1 year (September – September)
STEM focus – 1 year (September – September): The American Petroleum Institute (A.P.I.) S.T.E.M. Graduate Fellowship is for individuals pursuing a career in public policy with a background in energy, engineering and mechanical sciences. Fellow is placed in a congressional office for 9 months and American Petroleum Institute for 3 months. *Applicants must have completed a Masters Degree or post-graduate degree in STEM field prior to the program start date and have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
CONTACT: Amy Watanabe, APAICS Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 296-9200, https://apaics.org/programs/fellowship/
PAST FELLOWSHIP PLACEMENT
APAICS Fellows have been placed in the congressional offices of:
Congressman Ami Bera
Congressman Michael Honda
Congressman Xavier Becerra
Congressman Sanford Bishop
Congressman Al Green
Congresswoman Judy Chu
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo
Senator Mazie Hirono
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
House Democratic Caucus
House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment
As well as federal agencies and non-profit organizations, including the:
Environmental Protection Agency
Asian American Justice Center
Upon successful completion of the fellowship, past fellows have been hired on as full time staff in congressional offices, federal agencies, or non-profit organizations. A few are currently serving in elected positions. APAICS does not guarantee automatic employment after completion of fellowship tenure but will provide available resources and support should a fellow choose to seek full time employment.