CAPAL offers Scholarship and Paid Federal Internships

by Kobakila News

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) has announced its Scholarships and Paid Federal Internships for Summer 2010. Now on its 18th consecutive year, CAPAL will be awarding three scholarships and nine paid internships to college students who it identifies as future civic, community, or professional leaders.  Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and will be evaluated on their demonstrated commitment to public service, leadership potential, and service to the Asian Pacific American community.

CAPAL Scholarship recipients will have secured their own public service internship in the Washington DC metropolitan area with a federal government agency, a Capitol Hill legislative office, or a non-profit organization that allows them to gain firsthand knowledge of the workings of American government. They will be awarded a $2000 scholarship for successful completion of their internship and the development of a Community Action Plan that benefits their local communities.

CAPAL will also partner with federal government agencies to award nine paid internships to college students interested in public policy and gaining valuable experience working in the federal government. Each intern will be assigned mentors and will receive a $2,000 stipend.

“For the past 20 years, CAPAL has provided opportunities for young leaders in the Asian Pacific American community to gain valuable experience working in public service,” said CAPAL Board of Directors Chair Gene Kim. “Our goal is to empower the next generation of policy makers with the vision, knowledge and practical skills needed to effectively serve their communities and succeed in their careers.”

In a statement, CAPAL said that application forms and additional details, are available at its website:  http://www.capal.org.  Inquiries may be addressed to scholarships@capal.org. The early application deadline is March 1, 2010. All other applications will be reviewed and decided upon on a rolling basis. Only top candidates will be contacted for phone interviews.

CAPAL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization that was founded in 1989 by Asian Pacific American (APA) professionals in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Its mission is to promote APA interests and success in public service careers, to provide information and education on policy issues affecting the APA community, and to serve the APA community at large.

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