Congressional Internship

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FAQs: Congressional Internship Application

1. What is the application timeline for the 2022 spring internship program?

  • The deadline to apply for the Internship is Nov 19, 2021, at 11:59 PM ET.

  • Interviews will be conducted in December 2021.

  • Final decisions and placement are made in January 2022.

    • 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 Spring 2022 Congressional Internship is $3,825. Payments are made in two $1,912.50 installments, the first payment at the beginning, and the second payment at the end when all program requirements have been completed. Round trip domestic flights and furnished housing will also be provided for 2022 spring interns.

3. When does the 2022 Spring Congressional Internship begin and when does it end?

The 2022 Spring Congressional Internship is a 12-week program that runs from the end of January to April 2022.

 

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 one letter of recommendation for the spring 2022 congressional internship application. You may either upload your letter onto the application form OR your recommender may directly submit their letter of recommendation to us via email at programs@apaics.org with the subject line “APAICS Congressional Internship Recommendation Letter for [YOUR NAME].” All letters of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline on November 19, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET. Letters submitted late by applicants or their recommenders will not be accepted.

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?

Yes, APAICS provides furnished housing (rent and utilities covered) in the DMV area for spring 2022 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?

The APAICS 2022 spring internship will be in-person and will require relocation to Washington, D.C. We will be in compliance with CDC guidelines and the individual policies of the host offices.

14. Can I be enrolled in classes during the internship?

​Spring 2022 congressional interns may be part-time but not full-time students. Congressional interns cannot be enrolled in 12 academic credits or more due to the time commitment that this internship requires.

15. Is prior work experience required?

No, but many of our interns have demonstrated leadership and communication skills through internships, volunteer experiences, or part-time employment prior to applying to our program.

 

16. What is a typical workday 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. To whom do I address my cover letter?

You may address your cover letter to the “APAICS Internship Selection Committee.”

18. Are high school seniors eligible to apply?

Our internship program is for college students who have already matriculated in a college or university. The youngest eligible applicants are Freshmen in college at the time of the internship.

19. Do I have to identify as AAPI to apply?

Anyone interested and invested in the AAPI community, looking to help uplift the AAPI community, and committed to working in public service are welcome to apply for the program.

20. Additional Questions?

Please email: programs@apaics.org