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ILF Civic Fellowship

ILF Fellow Letitia (front row third from the left) interned with Vice President Joe Biden at the White House.



The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) Civic Fellowship Program is the nation's top Asian Pacific American leadership development program in Washington D.C. Since its inception in 2000, ILF has provided scholarships and leadership training opportunities for over a thousand remarkable Asian Pacific American (APA) college students. Each year, approximately 30 outstanding college students are inducted into the summer-long Fellowship Program and participate in a supervised training curriculum. These students are subsequently placed in an 8-week public service internship (in a federal agency, non-profit or non-governmental organization or a congressional office) and are enrolled in educational seminars. Students undergo this rigorous program to learn more about the American and international political process and what it takes to become a leader in the academic, entrepreneurial, cultural, professional, and private and public sectors.

Student must be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Our selections and scholarships are merit-based. Fellows are required to attend all ILF-organized events, seminars, briefings and tours. Students will be responsible for their travel arrangements, from housing to other living expenses. Fellows will receive financial assistance of about $2,000.00 for their 8-week internship. Internship placements at a federal agency, non-profit or non-governmental organization or a congressional office will be arranged by ILF and will try to meet the interests of the fellow. Previous Fellows have interned at the following agencies and departments.

The White House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Department of Commerce (DOC)
Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of Education (ED)
Department of Energy (DOE)
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Department of Interior (DOI)
Department of Justice (DOJ)
Department of Labor (DOL)
Department of State (DOS)
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Department of the Treasury
United States Mint of the Department of the Treasury

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Peace Corps
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
US General Services Administration (GSA)