International Leadership Foundation Announces 2013 Summer Civic Fellowship Program for Asian Pacific American College Students in Washington


The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is proud to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2013 Civic Fellowship program.  For the fourteenth year, ILF will award over 30 fellowships to Asian Pacific American college students who the ILF identifies as exhibiting the qualities and potential of a future business, community or professional leaders. The ILF Civic Fellows will spend eight to ten weeks next summer interning at federal government agencies in Washington, DC, gaining firsthand knowledge of the workings of American government.

"I am proud of ILF’s track record of promoting public service and civic engagement of Asian Pacific Americans; our goal is to teach our future leaders how to use the government to serve the community," ILF Chief Executive Officer Chiling Tong said.

Any undergraduate or graduate student of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage with at least a 3.0 GPA is eligible to apply. Applicants must be United States citizens. Students who wish to apply must submit their applications by February 1, 2013. Interested students can visit ILF's website at to apply online or learn more. The ILF works with government agencies to place each Fellow in a structured summer internships in his or her area of interest.  In 2012, ILF Fellows interned in fourteen federal agencies, including Congress and the White House. 

ILF Fellows attend weekly seminars and other events to learn about government in addition to their internships.  Each Fellow receives a paid internship or $2,000 stipend, funded by the ILF and its sponsors. Students must pay for their own travel, housing and living expenses during their fellowships.

The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta and the Honorable Elaine Chao serve as the Honorary National Chairman and Chairwoman of the ILF. Mineta and Chao were the first two Asian Pacific Americans to serve as Cabinet Secretaries. "The ILF promotes and fosters bright APA youth to experience the inner-workings behind this great country’s national government, and provides effective training classes to enhance leadership skills," Secretary Mineta said.

The ILF is a non-profit organization that promotes civic involvement and entrepreneurial spirit of the future leaders of the Asian Pacific American community.  Each year at its annual Awards Dinner, the ILF recognizes public service by distinguished APA community leaders. Past honorees include Hawaii Senator Dan Inouye, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Jackie Chan, AIDS activist David Ho, Olympic medalist Tony Dawson and business entrepreneur  Kanwal Rekhi.


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