STEM Internship


The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) STEM Internship Program provides undergraduate students with the unique opportunity to be placed in the center of the American political arena by working in a government office in tandem with an energy association.

The STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) internship is sponsored by the the American Petroleum Institute (API) and is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in public policy with a background in energy, engineering, or the hard sciences.

Interns will split their time between a US Congressional Office and the API office in Washington DC. The program develops leadership and professional skills, fosters a strong interest in public service careers, and provides an in-depth view of the energy sector.

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.


The program is 9 months long and will span both the Fall and Spring semesters in a given school year. Candidate will serve in both the Congressional office and the API office, based on what works best for both offices and the candidate’s schedule. Candidates must be able to commit to working 600 hours total.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for the internship, candidates must:

  • Be full time undergraduate students who attend a university in Washington, DC for the duration of the internship.
  • Be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in one of the following STEM fields:
    • Science: physics, applied physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering physics
    • Technology: computer science, radiological science, space science
    • Engineering: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical, naval, nuclear, petroleum
    • Math: mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, controls, financial modeling, risk management
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  • 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.

Candidate Preferences

Preference will be given to candidates who have done one or more of the following items:

  • Earned a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5
  • Taken advanced courses in the social sciences beyond what is required for their STEM major
  • Delivered quantifiable results as part of an extracurricular organization

Compensation & Benefits

Interns will receive the following items during their internship:

  • Stipend of $15 per hour
  • Reimbursement for daily public transportation costs to and from the internship site


All portions of the internship will be located in Washington, DC.


The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 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. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.

About API

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans.


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