Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies calls applications for Racial Equity Fellowship 2022. Applications are now open for the 2022 Congressional Racial Equity Fellowship program, in which Racial Equity fellows will research and analyze community-based recommendations along with key public policy initiatives that affect economic opportunity, structural racism, and health equity.
The APAICS Congressional Fellowship is designed for young AAPI professionals looking to increase their experience in public policy and service. The full-time paid, 9-month program places fellows in congressional offices to gain policy experience as part of the legislative team. The program provides fellows with opportunities to build their leadership skills, encourages political engagement, and fosters interest in a public service career.
Candidates will gain professional work experience in Washington, DC. In addition to that, professional development programs, networking, access to the APAICS alumni network, and opportunities to travel for briefings and conferences where anti-Asian hate legislation is being discussed. Furthermore, the program has the following financial advantages
- A grant of $27,000 for the duration of the nine-month fellowship (equivalent to a $36,000 annual salary)
- Domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, D.C.
- Professional Development Funds
- Health insurance reimbursement up to $200 a month
- Have completed their undergraduate or graduate degree and/or have at least five years of public service experience prior to the program start date.
- Be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or individuals who are legally authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.
- Family members of the APAICS Board of Directors or National Advisory Council are prohibited from participating in any APAICS programs.
Racial Equity Fellowship has the following requirements
- Work 40 hours a week at the placement site.
- Attend a one-day orientation.
- Attend the APAICS annual Gala in May 2022.
- Participate in APAICS-sponsored professional development events.
- Collaborate with fellows from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
- Complete quarterly reports.
- Submit a mid-program and end of program evaluation.
- Comply with APAICS policies regarding work performance and personal conduct.
- In the latter half of the program, Racial Equity Fellows will host policy briefings on Capitol Hill and engage in discussions that examine Congress’s agenda to address social justice reform and its implications as it relates to the AAPI community.
Racial Equity Fellows will produce policy session(s) creating awareness around AAPI social justice issues and anti-hate legislation.
- During Asian Heritage Month in May 2022, fellows will analyze best practices and policy solutions regarding the impact of racial disparities in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
- Fellows will work to engage in anti-hate research and develop K-12 education curriculum around Asian American and Pacific Islander history. Their research will culminate in a racial equity session that they will organize and present at the next APAICS Legislative Summit in May 2022.
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