Public Service Internships
CAPAL’s Federal Internship Program places undergraduate and graduate students within the federal government primarily in the Washington, DC metro area. Opportunities in regional offices throughout the U.S. are possible. Intern duties vary and may include policy or scientific research, project coordination and management, business, law, communication 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 students interested in government and public policy, but are open to ALL MAJORS.
I have been able to greatly expand my way of thinking through my CAPAL internship. I have been exposed to a community of people who share cultures, goals, and values with me and who are willing to help me succeed. I am now aware of how I can personally impact my community for the better. It’s been an incredibly empowering and inspirational experience.-Lauren LeVan, 2015 USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Intern
Public Service Scholarships
CAPAL’s Public Service Scholarship Program awards scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who will be serving in unpaid public service internships (nonprofit or government) in the Washington, DC metro area. These scholarships are intended to enable outstanding students with leadership potential to work full-time and learn ways to influence their local communities and the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community. Recipients of the scholarships are responsible for securing their own internship opportunity.
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.
I have often been frustrated with the perceived apathy of many Asian Americans when it comes to issues of race and socioeconomic inequity. Many AANHPIs have not been given the tools to open a dialogue on issues such as the model minority stereotype. CAPAL inspired me to believe this perception is false and the AANHPI community does want to start a dialogue. It is up to us to create a platform and forum for these conversations to happen. Be the change. Reach out to those around you and learn from them.-Mayura Iyer, 2015 District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) System Scholar
• Personal statement
• Current official or unofficial transcript
• Letter of recommendation
• Only applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher will be considered.
• U.S. citizenship is not required for CAPAL’s Federal internships. Permanent residents, and in some instances, interns with appropriate work visas, are eligible to apply. Specific citizenship and residency requirements may vary by federal agency. CAPAL’s scholarships, however, are open to all students, regardless of residency or citizenship status.
• Federal internships and scholarships are 8 weeks long and conducted during the summer between June and August.
• CAPAL does not provide or guarantee summer housing, but will try its best to provide support and resources.
• CAPAL internships and scholarships are open to students of all identities. However, an individual’s interest and commitment to Asian Pacific American issues will be considered.
• CAPAL organizes regular social events and team-building activities for its scholars and interns to engage with other students and young professionals in the area.
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• CAPAL organizes a 7-week evening leadership training program to supplement a Washington, DC internship experience. For the last three decades, WLP has been the only educational and leadership development working series in the city that focuses specifically on the AANHPI community and our role in public policy. This series will supplement your CAPAL internship experience. More information about our WLP can be found here.
• Each scholar and intern is responsible for participating in a Community Action Project (CAP). The CAP is a collaborative effort between CAPAL scholars and interns in service of the mission to CAPAL. Students will work together in small groups to develop a tangible way to connect personal and professional goals and reflections into a way to give back to a community important to them. The groups will present the final project at WLP’s Closing Ceremony.Some recent examples of CAPs created by CAPAL interns/scholars include:
National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
USDA – Agricultural Research Service
USDA – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
USDA – Foreign Agricultural Service
USDA – Forest Service
USDA – Rural Development
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders