FAQs: Congressional Internship Application
1. What is the application timeline?
The deadline to apply for the Internship is at 11:59 pm EST on February 5, 2021
First round (applications) decisions made by March 5, 2021
Second round (interviews) decisions made by March 29, 2021
Final decisions and placement made during April 2021
Note: some congressional office placements may require an additional follow-up interview with congressional staff prior to final placement
2. How much is the grant and what are the other benefits of the Congressional Internship program?
The grant for the Congressional Internship is $2,500. Payments are made in two $1,250 installments, the first payment at the beginning, and the second payment at the end when all program requirements have been completed.
3. When does the Congressional Internship begin and when does it end?
The 2021 Congressional Internship is an 8-week program that begins June 2021 and ends August 2021.
4. What do you look for when selecting Congressional Interns?
There are a variety of factors that come into play during the selection process. Selected interns embody APAICS’ diversity goals and demonstrate leadership skills through active participation in student organizations and the greater AAPI community. In addition to academic achievement, our interns are politically aware, socially sensitive, committed to public service and share a common vision about promoting Asian Pacific American representation in the political process.
5. Which office will I be placed in?
APAICS identifies office placements and maintains the final say as to where Congressional Interns are placed. APAICS prioritizes placements in the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) member offices. We also place interns in leadership offices, committees, and administrative offices.
6. Recommendation Letters
You will need to submit two (2) letters of recommendation through our application portal. If you recommender does not want to submit them to you, they can email the recommendation letter to with the subject line “APAICS Congressional Internship Recommendation Letter for [YOUR NAME]”
Note: If you’re recommender chooses to email the letter, you will need to upload and submit a document on the application portal with a PDF document with the content “My recommender [RECOMMENDER NAME] sent recommendation letter by email”
7. Is the Internship limited to specific political parties?
No. APAICS is a non-partisan organization and encourages applicants interested in serving in both Democrat and Republican offices to apply. Our goal is to provide the best Congressional Internship experience regardless of party affiliation.
8. Can DACA recipients apply?
Yes. 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.
9. Is housing assistance provided?
No. Unfortunately, APAICS does not provide housing assistance for Congressional Interns.
10. If I am not accepted, can I apply again in the future?
Yes. We encourage applicants who have not been accepted to do so.
11. Is there a waitlist for the Congressional Internship Program?
Yes. Those on the waitlist for the Congressional Internship Program will be contacted regarding this process.
12. Is it possible to defer my placement as a Congressional Intern?
No. If you do not participate in the program for the term in which you were admitted, you must submit a new application to reapply for a different term.
13. Do I have to be in Washington, DC for the Congressional Internship?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, congressional internships for 2021 are assumed to be virtual, remote opportunities unless otherwise notified. APAICS is closely following all CDC and public health guidelines along with the individual policies set by congressional offices to provide interns in a safe manner.
14. Can I be enrolled in classes during the internship?
No, this is a full-time opportunity that requires your focus and undivided commitment.
15. Is prior work experience required?
No, but many of our interns have evidenced leadership and communication skills through internships, volunteer experiences, or part-time employment prior to applying to our program.
16. What is a typical work-day like?
A typical work-day depends on the office where interns are placed, but activities may include: attend briefings and paper reports, research policy and legislation, draft correspondence, lead tours of the Capitol for visiting constituents and answer constituent mail.
17. What is considered a STEM field?
STEM fields include:
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
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