Applications Deadline for 2014 Washington DC Summer Civic Fellowship Program

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) has announced announce that the application process for the 2014 Civic Fellowship Program is open and ongoing until February 1, 2014. Every year, ILF’s selection committee identifies approximately 30 outstanding Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) college students who then spend eight to ten weeks interning at a federal agency in Washington DC during the summer.

Students accepted into the program are known as Civic Fellows and receive a stipend of 2,000 dollars. In addition, they attend weekly leadership seminars on Capitol Hill, learn networking skills and gain valuable, firsthand working knowledge of the American government system. Fellows are responsible for their own travel, housing and living expenses.

“ILF has a stellar record of advocating for increased civic engagement and public service from the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community,” said Chiling Tong, ILF’s chief executive officer. “We need a greater representation of our community in government, and ILF’s goal is to train our young generation to be successful leaders in their chosen fields and raise our community’s profile as engaged, American citizens who deserve to have our voices heard.”

Based on the interests and majors of selected Civic Fellowship candidates, ILF will work to place them with over a dozen federal agencies, as well as limited placements in congressional offices and the White House. “The ILF works hard to foster bright young AAPI youth who wish to experience the inner workings behind this great country’s national government, and provides effective training classes to enhance leadership skills,” said Norman Mineta, former Secretary of Transportation. Mr Mineta is also the honorary chairman of ILF, while the Honorable Elaine Chao serves as honorary chairwoman.

Undergraduate students of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage who are United States citizens and possess a GPA of 3.0 and above are eligible for this fellowship. Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2014. To learn more or submit an application, visit www.ileader.org .

ILF promotes the civic awareness, public service and economic effectiveness of the AAPI community. Its mission is to develop young leaders in the United States, Asia and other Pacific Rim countries in the field of public service, entrepreneurship and the international arena through a network of business and community leaders. ILF has a network of national advisory boards and global advisory councils in 15 cities, comprised of professional, civic and business leaders. Since its founding in 2000, ILF has provided scholarships and leadership training for thousands of talented AAPI college students from across the country. ILF also established the Young Ambassador Program in 2009 to prepare the next generation of international young leaders to understand American democratic governance and to network with Fellows to address global issues in our changing world.


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