CAPAL Public Service Intern

  • Washington, DC
  • Contract

Company Description

The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to building leadership and public policy knowledge within the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. Its mission is to promote APA interests and success in public service careers, to provide information and education on policy issues affecting the APA community, and to serve the APA community at large.

Job Description

CAPAL has two summer programs: (1) Internships and (2) Scholarships. This page is to apply for the Internship placement program. If you would like to apply for the scholarships program go to

For the Internship Program we will help place students in internships within the federal government in DC. Opportunities in regional offices, including California and Texas, may be possible. Last year, 13 interns were placed in program management, legal and finance positions.  These internship positions are open to ALL MAJORS, and are suited for individuals looking to gain real-world federal government experience. CAPAL has partnerships with Federal Agencies including Agricultural Research Services and Forest Service.

Each CAPAL intern will be awarded a $3,000 stipend to support the successful completion of their internship plus $500 for travel reimbursement. Depending on your interests and placement, your duties could vary from policy or scientific research, project coordination and management, business, law, communication, and more. Applicants are asked to specify their preferences on the application, and those selected will be placed based on their interests and skills. Agricultural knowledge is not required. These internships are suitable for all students interested in government and public policy.



Demonstrated commitment to public service, including service to the Asian Pacific American community; GPA of 3.0 or higher. All current students and all majors are welcome to apply.

Additional Information


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The following are required to apply:

1. Resume
2. Transcript
3. Personal Statement: 
Please provide a statement of purpose that addresses the following questions. Please limit your statement to 750 words or less.

a. What are your long-term career goals? How will your summer internship experience advance those goals? 
b. Describe your previous educational, community work, and internship experiences. Please explain how these experiences have influenced your long-term career goals, and how you demonstrated leadership during those experiences. 
c. How will you use the experiences and knowledge gained during your summer with a federal agency to better the APA community and your local community?
4. Two letters of recommendation: 
Pleasue attach scanned and signed recommendations along with recommender contact information.


Early Decision Deadline is Friday, February 15, 2013.

Regular Decision Deadline is Friday March 15, 2013 (Extended from March 1st)

Only COMPLETE applications will be considered.

Please send any questions to