Congressional Fellowship


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.

2020-2021 Fellowship Program Dates: September 2020 – June 2021

Application Deadline: January 31, 2020 at 5pm ET

Eligibility and Program Details

APAICS Congressional Fellows will Receive

  • Professional work experience in Washington, DC
  • Benefits
    • A grant of $22,500 for the duration of the nine-month Fellowship (equivalent to a $30,000 annual salary)
    • Domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, D.C.
    • Professional Development Funds
    • Health insurance reimbursement of $200 a month 
  • Leadership 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
  • Comply with APAICS policies regarding work performance and personal conduct


Eligibility Requirements

  • Have completed their undergraduate 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 of APAICS’ programs.

“As a 2016-17 APAICS Fellow, I had the opportunity to work in the Office of U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch, who served as both the President Pro Tempore and the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. I will always give credit to APAICS for opening the door for me on Capitol Hill. I was able to develop a diverse policy portfolio, work on state and national coalition building efforts, serve on the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), and travel to China on a Congressional Staff Delegation trip with the U.S.-Asia Institute to discuss trade polity and financial services. Working as an APAICS Fellow in the Office of Senator Hatch provided me with the skills necessary to go on to work as the National Director of Asian Pacific American Engagement at the Republican National Committee. Thanks to the support of APAICS, I have had the opportunity to elevate myself and take my career to the next level. Looking forward to working with APAICS throughout my career in the years to come.”
– Adi Sathi, APAICS Congressional Fellow 2016-2017

Application Guidelines

Required Documents: the following items are required as part of the application and should be uploaded below, no exceptions will be made for incomplete applications after the deadline.

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

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2020 at 5pm ET


Selection Process

The APAICS Congressional Fellowship Program is a highly competitive program. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee made up of program alumni, staff, and board members. Top candidates receive an invitation to interview. 

Applications are scored based on evidence of leadership and leadership potential, including community involvement, commitment to public service, and ability to challenge self.


Unfortunately, the application period for the 2020-2021 fellowship has passed.

Past Fellowship Placement

APAICS Fellows have been placed in the congressional offices of:

Mazie Hirono


Orrin Hatch


Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader

Judy Chu


Ami Bera


Madeleine Bordallo


Grace Meng


Mark Takano


House Democratic Caucus

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

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.

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