Congressional Fellowship

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is currently accepting applications for its 2015-2016 Congressional Fellowship Program. See below for more details.

APAICS Fellowship Alumi

Program Overview

APAICS is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.

The APAICS Fellowship program offers full-time legislative and public policy fellowships in Washington, D.C, providing exceptional graduates and young professionals with 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.

Period:    Nine Months (September – May)

*For 2015-2016 Fellowship Program, APAICS is offering two specialized fellowships focusing in:

1) Financial Services (1-year fellowship)

2) Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

If you are interested in these, please follow our regular application process and indicate interest in these focuses under the “Placement Preference” section. If you select this preference, you will still be considered for our regular 9-month Fellowship.

Location: Washington, DC
Benefits: Program stipend and complimentary roundtrip airline ticket sponsored by Southwest Airlines.

To apply:

  1. Our APAICS 2015-2016 application is open. Click here to fill out the online application for the Congressional fellowship. Please email for specific questions.
  2. Attach a cover letter and resume  in PDF format to the online application under “Cover Letter and Resume.”
  3. Official Transcripts and two (2) letters of recommendation must be sent to APAICS before the deadline for application to be considered.

Mailing Address:

2015-2016 Fellowship Program
1001 Connecticut Avenue NW #320
Washington, D.C. 20036

Deadline to apply: March 31st, 2015

Click here to apply

For additional information, please contact Amy Watanabe, APAICS Program Director, at or (202) 296-9200.

Current Fellows


APAICS Fellows at National JACL Gala 2014

L-R: Alyssa Wang, Rochit Choksi, Sec. Norman Mineta, Sam Cho, Kat Suzuki, K.J. Bagchi

Read more about the current fellows and where they are placed by clicking here.

Past Fellowship Placements

APAICS Fellows have been placed in the congressional offices of:

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. Please visit Alumni Spotlights on the APAICS website to learn more about where past fellows are working.


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The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.