General Resources

Some of the organizations below offer scholarships in addition to networking and other information.

Asian Americans

Asian American Institute Impact Fellows Program

The Impact Fellows Program is an intensive six-week summer leadership program seeking to develop young civic-minded leaders interested in working in the Asian Pacific American community in Chicago.  The goal of IFP is to develop a pipeline of young leaders who will make an impact in the Asian Pacific American community by becoming aware of social issues and engaged in civic participation.

Asian American Journalists Association Scholarship/Internship

The Chicago chapter of AAJA offers scholarships/internships each year to college students interested in pursuing a career in journalism.  Other opportunities are available at the national level.

Council on American-Islamic Relations

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization.  The organization's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. Internships at CAIR-Chicago offer students and activists a great opportunity to learn, interact, and grow in a friendly and diverse environment.

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Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)

APAICS offers fellowships for graduate students in a range of fields. Programs are designed for individuals who are committed to Asian Pacific Islander American communities and who plan to pursue careers in public service. Application deadline:  mid February. Summer Internship Program in Washington , DC . Every summer, APAICS invites college students to experience working in Congress and federal agencies. Interns will receive a total stipend of $2,500. Application deadline: end of January


The APIAVote Internship Program strives to encourage and cultivate young AAPI student leaderst to explore a career in the public sector or the political arena.  This internship program will also provide hands on experience and training on how to organize and implement voter activities to increase the participation of AAPIs in the electoral process.

Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership

CAPAL's scholarships are awarded to outstanding Asian Pacific American students committed to public service and community action. CAPAL Scholars are awarded $2,000 scholarships to support their successful completion of an internship in Washington, DC.

International Leadership Foundation

ILP awards internships to help Asian Pacific American college students who will be future leaders better understand the workings of American government.  Each ILF Fellow spends eight weeks during the summer working for a federal government agency in Washington, DC.  See website or call 202-531-5031.

OCA National

OCA Internships are in Washington DC at their National Office, Capitol Hill, federal agencies, and non-profits.  Most are in the summer but there are some opportunities year-round to learn firsthand about national issues an policies that affect Asian Pacific Americans. 

See website or call 202-223-5500.

National Directory of Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships for Asian American and Pacific Islander Students

An educational directory presented by the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland, Japanese American Citizens League, and Organization for Chinese Americans; sponsored by State Farm.

LGBTQ Resources The resources below offer internships, both paid/unpaid

Internships for African American students

Internships for Native Americans