Civic Fellowship

About the Civic Fellowship 


2009 Fellow Letitia Wu with Vice President Joe Biden at the White House

(read more about Letitia)

The ILF Civic Fellowship is one of the nation’s most prestigious civic leadership development programs, designed specifically to foster the next generation of Asian Pacific American (APA) leaders. ILF has provided scholarships and leadership training for select APA college students from across the nation.

In addition to providing Fellows with a public service internship, the Civic Fellowship program is a supervised training program that includes leadership training, seminars, career consulting, networking with APAbusiness, community, and political leaders and ILF Fellow alumni. In addition, Fellows will receive a $2,000 scholarship upon completion of the Fellowship program.

Program Dates & Requirements

Applicants will receive detailed program information once they submit their application.
Program Acceptance: Accepted students will be notified by March 1, 2017
Placement Notification: Fellows will be notified about their placements by the end of April
Start Date: Internships start the first 2 weeks of June. Later start dates can be arranged only when a student’s academic schedule conflicts with the start date.
– End Date: Last week of July

Fellows are required to attend all ILF-organized events, training, and tours.
Mandatory Events: Orientation, CAPAL Washington Leadership Program, Teddy Roosevelt Park Tour, Union Station Dinner, Monument Tour, ILF Annual Conference & Gala, Graduacation Ceremony, and events with ILF Fellow Alumni and Leadership
Assignments: A written introduction about your work place, public speaking assignments for the mandatory events above, a final report and a presentation (including a written testimonial about the program), web posts about work experiences and leadership training, and weekly reports
Post-Program: Submit a completion survey and a signed receipt for the scholarship and write a thank you letter to our scholarship donors

Additional Program Information

Internship Placement: ILF arranges the internships by matching students with offices based on interests expressed in their application.
Travel & Housing: Students will be responsible for their travel arrangements, housing, and other living expenses. Past ILF Fellows have recommended housing options from American University, George Washington University, and Georgetown University. Housing in the DC metropolitan area can range from $1,000 – $2,500 for a 8-week stay.

-2016 Civic Fellowshp Program Schedule (June – July) 

-Meet Fellow Alumni 

-Fellowship History 

List of Previous Agency/Department Placements

The White House, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Department of Commerce (DOC)
Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of Education (ED)
Department of Energy (DOE)
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Department of Interior (DOI)
Department of Justice (DOJ)
Department of Labor (DOL)
Department of State (DOS)
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Department of the Treasury, United States Mint of the Department of the Treasury
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), Small Business Administration (SBA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), US General Services Administration (GSA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Health (NIH)
International government and non-governmental organizations

ILF Fellowship Intro Video by 2015 Fellow Calvin Su