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2024 Summer ILF Civic Fellowship Program – Now Accepting Applications!

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is now accepting applications for the Summer 2024 Civic Fellowship Program. We encourage undergraduate students of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and/or Pacific Islanders heritage to consider applying for the opportunity to work  at a federal agency, the U.S. Congress, or a nonprofit organization/think tank. Students may also secure their own non-paid public service internship and apply to the Civic Fellowship Program as a scholarship.

In addition to their federal internships, Civic Fellows attend professional development workshops, speaker series and leadership training programs. ILF staff will also mentor and coach students throughout their internship program.

“One of ILF’s goals is to prepare and advocate for the next generation of leaders in public service,” shared Chairman of ILF Dr. Paul Hsu. “It is so important to increase exposure and understanding of civic engagement so that young leaders can take action to support their communities in relevant ways.”

Based on the interests and majors of selected Civic Fellowship candidates, ILF helps place fellows in public service internships as well as supports those who have already secured a non-paid internship. ILF has previously placed fellows with the U.S. Dept. of Treasury, U.S. Agency for International Development, Minority Business Development Agency, EXIM Bank, National Institute of Health, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Dept. of Labor, U.S. Small Business Administration, Hudson Institute, and several Congressional and Senate offices. We welcome and encourage current undergraduate students of all majors.

Application Deadline: All required application materials must be received by Friday, January 5, 2024 (5:00pm ET). *Please be mindful of this deadline due to school closure and the holiday break to obtain transcripts and recommendations.

Fellows will receive a stipend between $2,500 – $5,000 upon successful completion of the Civic Fellowship Program. If fellows do not receive a stipend from federal agencies, ILF will guarantee a stipend of $2,500.  

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at fellow@ileader.org.

*If you are interested in 2023 Fall/2024 Spring ILF Civic Fellowship Program, please reach out to fellow@ileader.org.  

Applicant Eligibility

Who Can Apply
– U.S. Citizens
– Full-time undergraduate students
– Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
– Active participation in public and/or community service
– Applicants from a diverse array of disciplines are encouraged

Application Requirements

What to Submit
– All official transcripts (can be emailed to fellow@ileader.org)
– Resume
– At least 1 Letter of Recommendation (can be emailed to fellow@ileader.org)

  • Recommender must include contact information and handwritten signature
  • Subject line must read “RECOMMENDATION – Lastname, Firstname”

– Completed application form (below)

Answering Short Answer Questions

All questions must be answered on the application form. Please be succinct yet thorough. Qualified candidates will demonstrate ability to write well thought-out, concise, and detailed content.

1. Why are you interested in becoming a Civic Fellow, and how do you intend to contribute to the program and your local community?

2. Provide an example of how you have demonstrated leadership (with or without an official title/position).

3. What are the public policy issues that interest you, and why?

4. Given the many challenges that face the AANHPI community, what strategies do you recommend to better reflect the AANHPI voice in national decision making?

Where to Submit Your Application Reqs.

All official transcripts and letter(s) of recommendation must be emailed to fellow@ileader.org OR
uploaded as part of the application form.
– Professor/Recommender must include contact information and a handwritten signature
– Subject line and file must read “RECOMMENDATION – Lastname, Firstname”

Resume (PDF file) is also uploaded through the application form.


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