Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies'

Sponsoring Organization:

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies

209 Pennsylvania Avenue S.E., Suite 100
Washington, D.C. 20003
Tel: (202) 547-9100
Fax: (202) 547-9109


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Cost: Interns receive a $2,500 stipend from the Institute and are expected to make their own travel and housing arrangements. There is no cost to Congressional offices and Federal departments and agencies participating in the Institute’s Summer Internship Program.

Internship Period(s): Internships are from early June through early August each year.

Application Date Line:

The application deadline for summer internships is usually the end of the first week in March. Participating departments/agencies are encouraged to hire interns by the end of April.

Geographic Availability: These internships are all in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Selection Process: In order to apply, applicants must be: currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in public policy issues and Asian Pacific American community affairs; U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents; able to demonstrate leadership abilities and excellent oral and written communication skills; and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must also provide a one-page résumé, a current official transcript and two letters of recommendation (one from a professor and the other from an employer or community leader). Although the Institute’s staff initially screens applications, the Selection Committee, which is composed of Institute’s board members and local supporters, makes final internship decisions. Selection is based on the applicant’s grade point average, writing skills evidenced by requested essays and community involvement.

Orientation Session/Training: The Institute hosts an orientation upon the interns’ arrival. The Institute also conducts workshops, luncheons and encourages interns to attend weekly conferences conducted by the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership.

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