Civic Fellowship

About the Civic Fellowship 


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

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 American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander leaders in various fields, in public service in particular. Supported by current leaders, the Fellowship aims to teach outstanding college students from across the nation through its own unique training. It has two themes: strengthen your policy interests and cultivate your leadership potential and skills, and one goal: be a public interest driven leader for communities. Fellows learn how politics, the policy-making process, and public service are integrated in governance and how to make government works for the community. ILF Civic Fellowship provides a 8- to 10-week public service internship at federal agencies, scholarships, a federal job fair, and a variety of seminars and workshops on civic engagement and career, personal, and leadership development.

In addition to completing the internship, Fellows attend mandatory leadership training in the evening and weekends provided by ILF. The 60-hour value training includes (1) seminars on policy priorities relevant to Asian Pacific American communities with experts (2) workshops for practical skills such as resume writing, public speaking, and civil service career path (3) career and personal development counseling with ILF’s distinguished speakers and alumni (4) private sector workshops on finance, entrepreneurship and government affairs (5) networking with distinguished APA leaders (6) career fair and (7) Emerging Leaders Policy Forum.

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 Application: Applications open on November 1, 2019 and close December 15, 2019
Program Acceptance: Accepted students will be notified by February 1, 2020
Placement Notification: Fellows are usually notified about their placements by the end of April
Start Date: Internships start the first 2 weeks of June and last a minimum of 8 weeks. Later start dates can be arranged only when a student’s academic schedule conflicts with the start date.
– End Date: End of July or mid-August


  • Fellows are required to support their internship offices full-time (M-F, 9-5) during their 8- to 10-week internship duration
  • Additionally, Fellows participate in and attend mandatory ILF-organized events which include training, workshops, and tours. These events typically take place several evenings during the work week as well as some weekends. Events are subject to change but are provided in calendar form to Fellows for ease of access and obtaining up-to-date information.
    Mandatory Events: Professional development, career training, networking, Monuments Tour, and the Annual ILF Scholarship & Awards Gala | hosted by ILF federal, private, and non-profit partners as well as ILF alumni and Executive Team
    Assignments: Blog posts, short speaking assignments as shared by Program Director, and writing and presenting on public policy interests during the Emerging Leaders Policy Forum.
    Post-Program: If notified, complete Exit Interview or program survey with Program Director, submit a signed receipt for the scholarship, other assignments upon request from Program Coordinator and/or Program Director. 

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.

-2017 Civic Fellowship Program Schedule (June – July) 

-Meet Fellow Alumni 

-Fellowship History 

2017 Fellow Activities  & Testimonials

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