Congressional Fellowship: 2021-22 Program Details

Program Details

Program Benefits

APAICS Congressional Fellows Receive:

  • Professional work experience in Washington, DC
  • Benefits:
    • 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 program, networking, access to APAICS alumni network, and more

Program Requirements

  • Work 40 hours a week at placement site
  • Attend a one-day orientation 
  • Participate in all APAICS-sponsored activities
  • Develop and execute a policy briefing to promote public policy issues of importance to AAPIs
  • Complete quarterly reports
  • Submit a mid-program and end of program evaluation
  • Comply with APAICS policies regarding work performance and personal conduct

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have completed their undergraduate or graduate degree and/or have at least five years of public service experience prior to the program start date.
  • 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.

Application Guidelines

Required Documents: the following items are required as part of the application. No exceptions will be made for incomplete applications after the deadline.

  • Resume
  • Essay Responses
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Transcript(s) (official or unofficial, if applicable)

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST

Selection Process

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.

QUESTIONS? Please contact: programs@apaics.org 

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