Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship

The Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship is named for the late United States senator from Hawaii. The fellow will monitor key legislative initiatives of importance to the JACL mission, and design and implement JACL-sponsored programs among other tasks and duties.

The fellowship provides the opportunity to work on advocacy at a national level through the National JACL office based in Washington, D.C. The fellow assists the Executive Director on a broad range of public policy issues important to the Asian American community. The fellow will work with JACL staff, other fellows and the executive director, to mobilize and inform local chapters. Fellows are integral in establishing a voice for JACL and its members in Washington D.C and the various nonprofit coalitions to which JACL belongs. This voice is critical when it comes to policy issues that affect our communities and collaborating with other organizations in order to establish a stronger collective voice.

This fellowship offers a chance to live in the nation’s capital and gain experience observing and learning from top professionals in civil rights and other non-profits. Fellows gain familiarity with Congress and acquire the skills to correspond, collaborate, and maintain a working relationship with members of Congress.

This paid Fellowship is awarded to a qualified student or young professional who has completed at least an undergraduate degree and will last for a period of up to 12 months to begin immediately. The fellowship is sponsored through a grant from UPS.

The Inouye Fellow will work out of the JACL National office in Washington D.C. and be responsible for the following:

  • Staff and monitor key legislative initiatives and issues relevant to the AAPI community.
  • Work on a wide variety of projects, issues and programs.
  • Conduct research and study topics assigned.
  • Interact with other national AAPI and civil rights organizations in the DC area.
  • Work with JACL and other organizations to organize programs and events.
  • Serve on various civil rights and AAPI committees.
  • Perform a wide variety of duties, and work directly with the Executive Director.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens, JACL members, and students or young professionals who have completed at least an undergraduate degree. Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated a commitment to Asian American issues, particularly those affecting the Japanese American community. Communication skills, especially in writing, are important.

Find the application here. Application deadline is May 19, 2019.

Fellowship may commence immediately upon selection if available, or during the summer of 2019.

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