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. Note: due to the global coronavirus pandemic, all internships are assumed to be virtual, remote-work opportunities unless otherwise notified.
This year we are also offering the following opportunities as part of the Congressional Internship program. Applicants who would like to be considered for these programs can indicate their interest at the end of the application. They will also be considered for the regular full-time congressional office internship as well.
United Parcel Service (UPS) Internship
A handful of interns from the APAICS 2021 internship cohort will have the opportunity to gain working experience in a congressional office and in government affairs for UPS. These interns will work in a congressional office Mondays through Thursdays and work in UPS’s D.C. office on Fridays.
The STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) internship is sponsored by 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 Congressional office and the API office in Washington, D.C. They will work three (3) days in a Congressional office and two (2) days at API during the week. To be eligible for the STEM internship, applicants must be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM field.
2021 Internship Program Dates: June 2021 – August 2021
Application Deadline: February 5, 2021 at 5pm EST
Website: For more information and FAQ, see our website.
Application Link: Apply through our online application here.
Questions? Please contact: email@example.com
If you’re interested in learning more, we will be hosting an information session over Zoom in the coming weeks:
Mon Dec 14 @5pm EST Info Session for Congressional Internship
APAICS Congressional Interns Will Receive
- Professional work experience in a congressional office
- 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.
- Leadership development opportunities, networking, access to APAICS alumni network and more
- 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
- Complete weekly journals
- Submit a program evaluation at the end of the internship
- Comply with APAICS policies regarding work performance and personal conduct
- Applicants must be 18 years of age by June 1, 2021
- Applicants must 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.
- Applicants must 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 APAICS programs.
- Applicants interested in the STEM internship must 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
Required Documents to Apply
The following items are required for the application. No exceptions will be made for incomplete applications after the deadline.
- Cover Letter
- Essay Responses
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
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.