Applications Open for 2017 Civic Fellowship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         Contact: Evelynn Xuan Bui

November 22, 2016                                                                           or 202-204-3019

ILF Civic Fellowship Accepting Asian Pacific American Student Applications for 2017

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is pleased to announce that the application process for the 2017 Civic Fellowship Program is open and ongoing until February 1, 2016. Every year, ILF’s selection committee identifies approximately 30 outstanding Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) college students to spend eight to ten weeks interning at a federal agency in Washington D.C. during the summer.

Students accepted into the program are known as Civic Fellows and will receive a stipend of 2,000 dollars. In addition, they will attend weekly leadership seminars on Capitol Hill (the Washington Leadership Program and APA Roundtable series), learn networking skills, and gain valuable, firsthand working knowledge of the American system of government. 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 AANHPI community,” said Chiling Tong, ILF’s Founding President. “We need a greater representation of our community in government, and ILF’s goal is to train a new generation of 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 place them with over a dozen federal agencies, as well as limited placements in congressional offices and the White House. “Through the ILF programs, our young leaders obtain first-hand experiences and knowledge about the highest levels of our government. For over 17 years, the ILF has been dedicated to helping the advancement of APA community into mainstream America. By mentoring, cultivating and investing in our youths, the ILF is helping to build a world of more diverse leaders,” said the Honorable Elaine L. Chao, 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor. Secretary Chao is also the honorary chairwoman of ILF, while the Honorable Norman Mineta, former Secretary of Transportation and of Commerce serves as honorary chairman.

Undergraduate students of APA 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, 2017. To learn more or submit an application, visit

About ILF

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) has promoted the civic awareness, public service, and economic prosperity of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community as a non-profit organization. Our mission is to develop young leaders in the United States, Asia, and Pacific Rim countries in the fields of public affairs, entrepreneurship and international relations through a network of business and community leaders. ILF has a network of national advisory boards and global advisory councils in 15 cities and two continents, comprised of professional, civic and business leaders.  Since its founding in 2000, ILF has provided scholarships and leadership training for thousands of talented APA college students from across the country. ILF has been approved by the Combined Federal Campaign (#24372), a federal initiative to support community charities managed by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, thanks to its transparency and management excellence.