For Immediate Release
February 1 , 2016
Contact: Soo-Kyung Koo | 202-204-3019 | firstname.lastname@example.org
ILF 2016 Civic Fellowship Application Deadline Extended
The International Leadership Foundation (ILF), a Combined Federal Campaign-approved non-profit (#24372), is pleased to announce that the application for the 2016 Civic Fellowship Program has been extended until February 15, 2016. Every year, ILF’s selection committee identifies approximately 30 outstanding Asian Pacific American (APA) 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 they will attend weekly leadership seminars on Capitol Hill, 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. Upon completion of the program, Fellows will receive a stipend of 2,000 dollars.
“ILF has a stellar record of advocating for increased civic engagement and public service from the APA 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 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 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 APA 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 U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Secretary Mineta is also the honorary chairman of ILF, while the Honorable Elaine Chao serves as the honorary chairwoman.
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 15, 2016. To learn more about or to submit an application, please visit our website at www.ilfnational.org.
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.
“My ILF experience allowed me to explore and develop a passion for public policy. It helped me build my leadership skills, think introspectively, and meet other incredible, like-minded students from across the country. Though I am not studying political science, working in DC has inspired me to take policy classes and learn more about the public sector.”
Emily Zhen, Intern at U.S. Department of the Treasury, University of Pennsylvania
“My experience has left me with a stronger passion for public service. I feel better equipped to work within the larger institutional framework because its mandate closely aligns with my personal objectives…From the orientation to the final conference and gala, I was able to connect with and learn from amazing Asian Pacific American (APA) leaders and partners in the effort to increase APA civic and political engagement.”
Karim Farishta, Intern at U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Inspector General (OIG), George Washington University
” I was able to have a once in a lifetime experience interning in Washington D.C. While interning, I was tasked with numerous projects– one of which included creating a food safety initiative. Overall, my time in D.C., was filled with endless opportunities that helped me grow both professionally and personally.
Amy Muramoto, Intern at Food Security and Inspection Service (FSIS) at U.S. Department of Agriculture, University of Southern California
“”I’m grateful to ILF for connecting me to the FAA. By working on several long term projects, I’ve grown both in patience and in my understanding of how important following protocol can be in a government environment.”
Samuel Kim, Intern at Federal Aviation Administration at U.S. Department of Transportation, Yale University
” I have always struggled with delegating tasks to others in leadership roles because I would think that I can accomplish the task more quickly and efficiently myself. Seeing how my supervisor was able to delegate tasks to others and to foster a sense of teamwork so effectively—which all contributed to the successful preparation of the event–was an inspiration for me to become a better team leader.”
Vy Tuong Luu, Intern at White House Initiative on Asian American Pacific Islanders, Stanford University