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Job Opportunities

Programs Associate

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is seeking a dynamic young professional to serve on its Programs team. The qualified candidate will be responsible for supporting the planning and implementation of APAICS Programs, which are related to advancing the political pipeline and leadership of the Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander community. The Program Associate reports to the Vice President of Programs and Community Engagement. This full-time opportunity is located in Washington, D.C.


Current APAICS Programs Include:

  • Congressional Fellowship: 9 month paid opportunities for graduates/post-graduates on Capitol Hill

  • Congressional Internship: internship program for undergraduates on Capitol Hill

  • Women’s Collective: Initiatives to empower AANHPI women in public service including an annual Summit

  • Regional Leadership Academy: multi-day trainings for elected officials, first time candidates & community leaders

  • National Leadership Academy: annual multi-day training for elected officials, first time candidates & community leaders

  • Legislative Leadership Academy: professional development program for mid-career legislative staffers seeking to advance into senior management roles on Capitol Hill

  • Youth Leadership Academy: week-long immersive experience for high school students to learn about public service, policy-making, and the legislative process

  • Kakehashi:  a cultural exchange program between the US and Japan for AAPI students



  • Support the planning, development, and implementation of APAICS programs

  • Coordinate logistics for events, workshops, and leadership training programs including virtual and in-person

  • Assist with program outreach including recruitment of participants and candidates through national, regional, and local community outreach

  • Collaborate with communications team on traditional and social media strategy to promote programs

  • Coordinate a growing network of APAICS program alumni

  • Coordinate with the Chief Administrative Officer on budget maintenance and financial tracking 

  • Drafting grant reports and requests pertaining to programs 

  • Assist with program assessment, evaluation, and data collection

  • Administrative responsibilities such as maintaining expense requests, travel booking, catering, and event space reservations  

  • Other duties as assigned

Skills & Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to help build external and internal partnerships and coalitions

  • Sharp attention to detail and ability to follow through

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Strong organizational, logistical, and time management skills 

  • Ability to multitask, respond quickly, and problem-solve under pressure

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

  • Creative, reliable, independent worker

  • Team player, positive attitude

  • Sense of humor with a high degree of professionnalism


Additional Skills (preferred)

  • Knowledge of Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities across the country

  • Experience with event planning and scheduling

  • Knowledge of media strategy, marketing, and promotion

  • Previous campaign and/or congressional experience 

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience



  • Salary starts at $56,000 and commensurate with experience. Additional benefits include healthcare premium reimbursement, 21 days of vacation and access to 401(k) plan after 90 days of employment, all federal holidays off, Christmas through New Year’s off, and transit benefits.

  • This full-time opportunity is located in Washington, D.C.


Eligibility Requirements

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.


Additionally, all persons hired will be required to submit to and clear a background check prior to commencement of employment.


APAICS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.



Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


To Apply

Please submit the following items to with email Subject: Programs Associate

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • Two professional references



The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AA & NH/PI) participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for AA & NH/PIs to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.

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