ILF Civic Fellowship Program Accepting Applications for 2021

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2021 Civic Fellowship Program. Every year, ILF’s selection committee identifies approximately 30 outstanding Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) college students to spend 8 to 10 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 upon program completion. In addition to their full-time federal internships, they will attend professional development workshops and leadership training. Fellows are responsible for their own travel, housing, and living expenses.

“One of ILF’s goals is to prepare and advocate for the next generation of leaders in public service,” said Dr. Paul Hsu, Chairman of ILF. “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.”

“Developing next generation AAPI leaders is at the heart of our mission,” said Linh Hoang, Executive Director of ILF.” We help college students acquire the skills, experience, and insights necessary to become leaders and continue the fight of those who came before them. The ILF Civic Fellowship is a unique opportunity to jumpstart their careers and leadership journey.”

Undergraduate students of AAPI heritage are encouraged to apply. Requirements include United States citizens, minimum 3.0 GPA, and current undergraduate sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Additional documents such as an official transcript, resume, and at least one letter of recommendation is required.

Applications are open now and must be submitted by January 22, 2021 at 5pm Eastern Time.

To learn more or submit an application, please visit

Important note: ILF anticipates the widespread availability of effective COVID-19 vaccines in the first half of 2021. Applicants should expect that summer internships will be on-site in Washington, DC. However, some or most internships may be virtual, depending on each agency’s policy. ILF will keep applicants informed during the application and placement process.

About ILF – International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is a non-profit organization that promotes civic engagement, leadership, empowerment, and economic prosperity of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to enhance diversity in our country. The mission of ILF is to cultivate civic-minded future AAPI leaders. Founded in 2000, ILF has provided scholarships, leadership training, and educational programs to over 10,000 AAPI students.