DC Public Service Internships

 Scholarship & Internship Program

CAPAL’s Public Service Internship Program places undergraduate and graduate students within the public sector in the Washington, DC area. Intern duties may include policy or scientific research, project coordination and management, 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 open to ALL MAJORS.

Remote Public Service Internships

CAPAL’s Remote Public Service Internship Program places undergraduate and graduate students within public sector positions throughout the United States. Placements may be in rural or urban areas, such as Alaska, Delaware and California. Interns will be exposed to various duties and will see their work benefit the communities around them. At the end of the program, Remote Public Service interns are flown to Washington, DC for CAPAL’s Closing Ceremony on August 2, 2017.

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

 Scholarship & Internship Program

CAPAL’s Public Service Scholarship Program awards scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who will be serving in unpaid public service internships in the Washington, DC 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

Learn about our Former Scholars and Interns

The final deadline is Tuesday, February 28, and applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. The online application must include all of the following components.

• Personal statement
• Resume
• Current official or unofficial transcript
• Letter of recommendation

• Only currently enrolled students are eligible for an internship or scholarship through CAPAL.
• Only applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher will be considered.
• U.S. citizenship is not required for CAPAL’s Public Service 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.

Public Service Internship Requirements

• Fulfill responsibilities of a full-time internship within assigned public service organization.
• Attend all sessions of CAPAL’s Washington Leadership Program (WLP) as well as other summer events designated as required. More information about our WLP can be found here.
• Collaborate with assigned Community Action Project (CAP) team to create a finished project to be presented at CAPAL’s Closing Ceremony.
• Complete weekly reflections and surveys assigned.
• Meetings with paired mentor and completion of a mentorship plan.

Remote Public Service Internship Requirements

• Fulfill responsibilities of a full-time internship within assigned public service organization.
• Attend CAPAL’s Closing Ceremony in Washington, DC funded by CAPAL.
• Collaborate with assigned Community Action Project (CAP) team to create a finished project to be presented at CAPAL’s Closing Ceremony.
• Complete weeklyreflections and surveys assigned.
• Meetings with paired mentor and completion of a mentorship plan.

Public Service Internship Requirements

(Note: Scholars may NOT accept offers of any funding from their internship placement).
• Fulfill responsibilities of a full-time internship within a public service organization they have secured independently.
• Attend all sessions of CAPAL’s Washington Leadership Program (WLP) as well as other summer events designated as required. More information about our WLP can be found here.
•Collaborate with assigned Community Action Project (CAP) team to create a finished project to be presented at CAPAL’s Closing Ceremony.
• Complete weekly reflections and surveys assigned.
• Meetings with paired mentor and completion of a mentorship plan.

USDA Agricultural Research Service
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
USDA Forest Service
USDA Rural Development

Check back soon to see more 2017 partners.

• Public Service internship and scholarship awards are a $3,000 stipend with an additional travel stipend based on the student’s location.
• Public Service internships and scholarships are 8 weeks long and conducted during the summer beginning on Monday, June 5 and concluding at our Closing Ceremony on Wednesday, August 2.
• 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.

For any other questions, please email applications@capal.org.

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