APAICS: Fellowship application deadline

3/31/2015 5:00 PM

APAICS: Fellowship application deadline
Apply Now for 2015-2016 APAICS Congressional Fellowship Program!
2014-2015 Fellows - (L to R) K.J. Bagchi, Alyssa Wang, Sam Cho, Rachit Choksi, Katherine Suzuki

Interested in pursuing a career in public policy and public service? 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 in a congressional office. The program aims to build leadership skills, encourage political civic engagement, and foster a strong interest in public service careers.


Deadline to apply is March 31, 2015 March 31, 2015
9 months and 1-year fellowships 
Washington, DC
Areas of Focus: 

Application Materials: 
Program stipend and complimentary roundtrip airline ticket provided by Southwest Airlines


For 2015-2016:

  • General Fellowship - 9 months (September - May)
  • Financial Services focus - 1 year (September -September)
  • STEM focus: public policy arena of energy, engineering and mechanical sciences - 1 year (September - September)
    * 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 


  • Applicants must have at least completed an undergraduate degree prior to program start date, unless specified. 
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.


1. Application

2. Cover Letter and Resume
3. Official Transcript
4. 2 Letters of Recommendation   


Contact Amy Watanabe at 
Learn about the Fellowship experience from our 2014-2015 APAICS Fellows: 

Rachit Choksi, Office of Representative Judy Chu (D-CA-27)

"Ferguson, fund DHS, Selma, committee hearings, DOJ reports, profiling guidance, Census, Fresh off the Boat, MBK, Executive Action, torture, asset forfeiture, human trafficking, the CR, Vivek Murthy, Loretta Lynch-these phrases capture perfectly my experience as a Fellow on Capitol Hill. I've had the opportunity to work on policy, prepare for committee hearings, draft press releases, meet and work with stakeholders, and draft letters to agencies on a variety of issues that are important to millions of people, including me. I've met people I would otherwise never encounter, and attended events I might otherwise never be invited to. I get to see the inner workings of government, do meaningful and impactful work, and explore ideas that interest me. After this Fellowship, I feel indomitable. Thank you to my Congresswoman, CAPAC, and APAICS for making all of this happen." 

Alyssa Wang, Office of Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
"I am honored to serve Senator Mazie K. Hirono, the only APIA senator, as her APAICS fellow and to learn about the amazing work she does every day for our country. As she said, "We could use a few more women in the United States Senate and people of diverse backgrounds." This fellowship has been an amazing experience. I have been able to learn about the inner workings of the U.S. Senate and better understand the impact that Congress has on our everyday lives. I have grown professionally and feel better equipped to continue my career as a health policy professional."


Koustubh "K.J." Bagchi, Office of Representative Mike Honda (D-CA-17)
 "I came to a crossroads in my career where I knew that I wanted to take a shot at working in Congress. I wanted to be a part of the national discourse on issues that mattered to me, but also on those issues that I could learn more about. After working two and half years in municipal government as an attorney focusing on issues such as landlord-tenant rights, consumer protection, and transportation I knew that working from the bottom up in a Congressional office as an intern just wasn't a reasonable nor ideal career choice at the time.  When I learned about the APAICS Congressional Fellowship, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was a focus on getting more AAPIs into the political world - folks with last names, histories, and upbringing stories that were similar to mine.  Being an APAICS Congressional Fellow has connected me with innovative thought and political leaders who are focused not only on making their community proud, but on helping people like me make our own path in this political and policy world.  I am grateful to APAICS - for what it stands for now and what it will mean for all those who come after me."

Katherine Suzuki, Office of Representative Al Green (D-TX-9)
 "The APAICS Fellowship program is a fantastic opportunity for young AAPI leaders to gain practical experience working directly on relevant policy issues. Through this program, I have gained exposure to inner workings of Congress and first-hand experience working directly on legislation. In addition, the program has also afforded me the opportunity to network and meet leaders in the AAPI community. In short, participating in the APAICS Fellowship program has been an all-around incredible experience."


Sam H. Cho, Office of Representative Ami Bera (D-CA-7) 

 "Having previously worked in a federal agency, the APAICS Fellowship was an opportunity to learn and experience the legislative process. Not only have I learned how the hill works, but I was able to expand my personal network and meet so many other "up and coming" and accomplished AAPI leaders. It has shed a lot of light on how far the AAPI community has come and how much potential we have to go further." 


2014-2015 APAICS Congressional Fellowship Sponsors:

Coca Cola
Wells Fargo
Anheuser Busch
Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines is proud to be the official airline of the APAICS Congressional Fellowship Program.

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