APAICS | Summer Internship
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Summer Internship


The APAICS Summer Internship Program is an eight-week program that provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to work in Washington. D.C., and experience American politics and public policy. APAICS interns are placed in U.S. congressional offices and federal agencies. The program develops leadership and professional skills, encourages political and civic engagement, and fosters a strong interest in public service careers.


All interns are required to participate in APAICS orientation and training programs, complete weekly journals, and submit a program evaluation at the end of the internship. A schedule of internship activities will be provided upon arrival to Washington, D.C.


The APAICS Summer Internship Program provides a $2,000 stipend and a round-trip flight — within the continental U.S. — sponsored by Southwest Airlines (limited additional support is made available on a case-by-case basis). Housing is not provided.


Click here to check how the 2016 APAICS Summer Interns spent their Washington, D.C. experience.


Application will open in November for the 2017 Summer Internship program.


8 week summer internship beginning June 2017


Washington, D.C.


Program stipend of $2,000 and complimentary roundtrip airline ticket sponsored by Southwest Airlines (limited additional support is made available on a case-by-case basis)


To be eligible for the APAICS Summer Internship program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Interest in government, public policy, and Asian American and Pacific Islander community empowerment
  • Evidence of leadership abilities and excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Current enrollment in an accredited two-year or four-year undergraduate educational institution. Recent graduates (within 6 months) are also welcome to apply.
  • U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency at the time of application. Individuals seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document.
  • Be 18 years of age by June 1 (of internship summer).


  1. Cover Letter, Resume and Writing Sample/Essay Responses are required when applying online.
  2. Official transcript (original transcript sent directly from school registrar)
  3. Two (2) Official Letters of Recommendation (one must be from a professional reference)


Summer Internship Program

1001 Connecticut Avenue NW #320
Washington, D.C. 20036


Cathy He


(202) 296-9200



Previous APAICS summer internship placements include:


The White House

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Office of Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, U.S. House of Representatives

Office of Congressman Ami Bera (CA-07)

Office of Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32)

Office of Congressman Eni Faleomavaega (AS)

Office of Congressman Al Green (TX-9)

Office of Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17)

Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)

Office of Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33)

Office of Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-5)

Office of Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03)

Office of Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (Saipan)

Office of Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41)

U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Supreme Court

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Small Business Administration

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency



Southwest is the official airline of APAICS Summer Internship