WASHINGTON, DC — The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is now accepting applications for its Fellowship and Internship programs, the Philippine Daily Mirror has learned. The deadline for application to the Congressional Fellowship is January 24 and the Congressional Internship is February 27, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to visit the APAICS website at apaics.org for more information.
The Congressional Fellowship is designed for young Asian American Pacific Islander professionals to increase their experience in public polity and service. The full-time paid nine-month-long program provides Fellows with opportunities to build their leadership skills, encourages political engagement, and fosters interest in public service careers. Fellows are placed in congressional offices and serve as part of the legislative team. This runs from September 2020 to June 2021.
The Congressional Internship, on the other hand, 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 interest in public service careers. This program runs from June 2020 to August 2020.
Both programs are highly competitive. 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 the ability to challenge self.
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.
APAICS was founded by former Secretary Norman Y. Mineta in 1994. It is a national nonpartisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. APAICS programs focus on leadership development and filling the political pipeline for AAPIs to pursue public office at the local, state and federal levels, as well as other careers in public policy.