Congressional Internship


The Congressional Internship is designed for AAPI undergraduate aged students looking to increase their experience in public policy and service. The paid, eight-week long summer program places Interns in congressional offices and provides them with the opportunity to develop their leadership and professional skills, encourages political engagement, and fosters interests in public service careers.

2020 Internship Program Dates: June 2020 – August 2020

Application Deadline: February 27, 2020 at 5pm ET

Eligibility and Program Details

APAICS Congressional Interns will Receive

  • Professional work experience in Washington, DC
  • Benefits
    • The grant  for the Congressional Internship is $2,500. Payments are made in two $1,250 installments. The first payment is received at the beginning of the internship, the second payment is received at the end when all program requirements have been completed.
    • Domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, D.C.
  • Leadership development opportunities, networking, access to APAICS alumni network and more


Program Requirements

  • Work 40 hours a week at placement site
  • Attend a one-day orientation 
  • All interns are required to participate in APAICS orientation and training programs, a schedule of internship activities will be provided upon arrival to Washington, D.C.
  • Complete weekly journals
  • Submit a program evaluation at the end of the internship
  • Comply with APAICS policies regarding work performance and personal conduct


Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently be a full-time undergraduate student currently enrolled in an accredited educational institution. Recent graduates who have graduated within one semester of the internship program’s start date are welcome to apply.
  • 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.

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.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Essay Responses
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Deadline to apply: February 27, 2020 at 5 pm ET


Selection Process

The APAICS Congressional Internship 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.


Please click the button below to apply.

Past Internship Placement

Previous APAICS congressional internship placements include:

Judy Chu



Tammy Duckworth



Dianne Feinstein



Ami Bera



Al Green



Raja Krishnamoorthi



Pramila Jayapal



Bobby Scott



Mark Takano



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The White House Initiative on AAPIs

Senate Sergeant at Arms

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Commission on Civil Rights

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Department of Justice

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District Supreme Court

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Department of Veterans Affairs

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Small Business Administration

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Environmental Protection Agency

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