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Asian Pacific Islander Capitol Association

Summer 2019 Internship Application Guidelines

In Collaboration with the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus & the Asian Pacific State Employee Association

Mission Statement:

To provide college students and recent graduates who are dedicated to public service a substantive and meaningful employment and educational experience working in the California State Legislature, with a goal towards creating and promoting a new cohort of Capitol legislative staffers.

About the Internship

  • Full-time, 10-week internship serving in a legislative office in either the California State Assembly or State Senate
  • Starts on Tuesday, June 18th and ends on Friday, August 23rd 
  • Interns receive a stipend of $5,040 for the ten-week period. These funds will be provided in twice a month contingent on the successful completion of the program and its academic components
  • Week-long orientation, professional and skill development sessions, dedicated mentorship, and access to the APICA network of staff and elected officials

Applicant Qualifications

  • Current college student or recent graduate who is at least 21 years old at the time the internship begins
  • Available to work full-time for the duration of the 10-week internship program

Application Materials

  1. Personal Statement
  1. The total personal statement may not exceed two pages
  1. The format must be 1-inch margins, Times New Roman, 12-point font, and double-spaced
  1. We are interested in learning about you, your aspirations, and your interest in becoming an APICA summer intern. The personal statement will be composed of two parts, with each part consisting of one page:
  1. First, we would like you to discuss how your cultural background has helped shape your identity and/or worldview
  1. Secondly, we would like you to discuss and demonstrate your interest in eventually working as a staffer in the Capitol and passion for public policy 
  1. Please proofread your statement, as grammatical or typographical errors will weaken your application
  1. Resume, not to exceed one page
  1. Official or unofficial transcript(s) from each college or university attended
  1. Submit application materials to APICA.Internship@gmail.com.

Selection Process

  • Application deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
  • Interviews for select candidates: May 6 – May 9, 2019
  • Acceptance notification: Saturday, May 11, 2019
  • Internship start date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
  • Internship end date: Friday, August 23, 2019 
  • Optional end date, if desired: Friday, September 13, 2019 (end of the Legislative year) subject to agreement with host office

You can find the application for the 2019 APICA Internship here.


2016 Interns Michael Ding, Alex Lee, & Anna To

“The APICA Internship equipped me with the confidence to navigate the Capitol as an intern and gave me a professional family to belong to.”

-2016 APICA Intern Alex Lee, and current Field Representative for Assemblymember Evan Low

“From reading over concerns or support of constituents about bills, to watching the action occur on the Assembly and Senate floor and witnessing all of the processes in between, the APICA internship combined impeccable hands on experience to the world of policy and the development of legislation with a foundation to prepare a motivated individual for success on lifelong endeavors.”

-2016 APICA Intern Anna To

“Participating in the APICA internship was an invaluable experience that fortified my aspiration of pursuing a career in politics.”

-2016 APICA Intern Michael Ding

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