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Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership Scholarship & Internship Program

Goes By: CAPAL

Be sure to consult the Fellowship Website for complete eligibility and competition requirements.

About this Fellowship

Support for summer and semester internships in public service.

The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) seeks to empower Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) youth by increasing access to public service opportunities and building a strong AANHPI public service pipeline.

CAPAL offers several programs that support public service internships for undergraduates, graduates and recent alumni. Internships may be in-person, virtual or hybrid. All programs also include robust professional development and mentorship opportunities.

Public Service Internships

This program places students in public service internships with partners in Washington, D.C. and throughout the US. Areas include business, law, communication, scientific research, policy and more. Interns are awarded a minimum $3,000 stipend. Internships are available for summer, fall and spring.

U.S. Forest Service Public Land Corps & USDA ARS Program

Current students and recent alumni interested in natural resources, STEM, environmental sciences and related fields can apply for a full-time internship with the U.S. Forest service or U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service Program.

Public Service Scholarships

This program awards $3,000 scholarships to current students and recent alumni serving in self-identified unpaid, full-time public service internships over the summer.

Deadlines for these awards are typically in mid-December (spring term), mid-February (summer term) or mid-July (fall term). Refer to the program website for more details and specific dates. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so plan to apply early. The application opens annually in early November.

Award Value

$3,000 stipend and up to $500 travel reimbursement.

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements Details
Year(s) of Application Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Masters, Doctoral


Campus Nomination Required No

Last updated: March 19, 2024

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