Federal Internships

 Scholarship & Internship Program

CAPAL’s Federal Internship Program places undergraduate and graduate students in internships within the federal government in Washington, D.C. Opportunities in regional offices, including California, Texas, and Wisconsin, may also be possible. These internship positions are open to ALL MAJORS and are suited for individuals looking to gain real-world federal government experience. Depending on interests and placement, intern duties could vary and may include policy or scientific research, project coordination and management, finance, statistics, business, law, communications, and more. Applicants are asked to specify their preferences on the application, and those selected will be placed based on their interests and skills. These internships are suitable for all students interested in government and public policy.

CAPAL will also mentor all interns and provide guidance in transitioning to Washington, D.C. including how to locate housing, how to navigate the city, and how to make the best of their summer in the nation’s capital.

Federal Internship Award

$3,000 stipend and $500 for travel and relocation expenses


Public Service Scholarships

 Scholarship & Internship Program

CAPAL’s Public Service Scholarship Program awards scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students who will be serving in unpaid public service internships (nonprofit or government) this summer in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. The scholarships are intended to enable outstanding students with leadership potential to intern full-time and learn about ways to influence public policy in their local communities and the APA community. Recipients of the CAPAL scholarships are responsible for securing their own public service internships.

CAPAL will also mentor all scholars and provide guidance in transitioning to Washington, D.C. including how to locate housing, how to navigate the city, and how to make the best of their summer in the nation’s capital.

The CAPAL-MAASU Public Service Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled at a school that is a member of the Midwest Asian American Students Union (MAASU) or a school located in the following Midwestern states: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. All eligible scholarship applicants will be considered for the CAPAL-MAASU scholarship. 

Public Service Scholarship Award

$3,500 stipend


CAPAL is looking for mentors for the 2015 scholar and intern class! Fill out our survey here if you’re interested in becoming a mentor.

Meet the 2015 CAPAL Interns and Scholars!


CAPAL’s deadline for the 2015 Federal Internships and Public Service Scholarships is March 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis and encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Applicants can expect to hear back by mid-April. We encourage you to join our mailing list, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.


Please see our Frequently Asked Questions section. For any other questions, please email applications@capal.org .


Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Department of Interior
National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
Peace Corps
USDA – Agricultural Research Service
USDA – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
USDA – Foreign Agricultural Service
USDA – Forest Service
USDA – Rural Development
U.S. Department of State
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Application Requirements

View application here.

Additional Requirements During Summer

Interns are required to attend orientation, all sessions of the Washington Leadership Program, and develop a Community Action Project.

Each CAPAL Intern is required to work with a group to research, present, and implement a Community Action Project (CAP) to benefit the APA community. Each group must choose a topic relating to an important APA issue and develop a project that will assist, educate, or inspire others on this topic. By the end of the summer program, each CAPAL Intern group must present the CAP to CAPAL members and other interested parties in the DC area. CAPAL Intern will receive support and guidance to development their CAPs. Some recent examples of CAPs created by CAPAL interns/scholars include:

Past Intern Experiences

As a CAPAL Scholar, I interned at the Department of State’s Office of Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative. I worked with the new Feed the Future Initiative, which emphasizes country-ownership and a comprehensive approach to development and aid. I conducted research on Feed the Future’s involvement with the Asian region, in particular the countries of Nepal, Cambodia, and Bangladesh. Through both my internship and participation in the Washington Leadership Program, I learned how to link my personal experiences with international NGOs and local nonprofits to policymaking at the government level. The Washington Leadership Program’s variety of discussion panel topics and panelists provided an in-depth view into how politics and government are shaped. Having a community that both supported and inspired me really allowed me to absorb all that Washington, DC had to offer.-Lily Cheng, CAPAL Scholar, University of California, Berkeley

Being a CAPAL intern this past summer was one of the best experiences of my undergraduate career so far.  Not only did I learn valuable skills of working in a Federal Agency but I also learned so much from the CAPAL board members as well as from other interns I met in CAPAL and other partner organizations.  The best parts of my summer in D.C were those after work networking events like the Washington Leadership Program where I was able to meet prominent Asian American figures like Congress woman Judy Chu and Congressman Mike Honda.It was [at the Washington Leadership Program] that I met some of the most inspiring, caring and thoughtful friends that I know I will be contact with for a long time.  I will always be grateful to be a part of the CAPAL family.-Priscilla Choi, Office of Chief Financial Officer, US Office of Personnel