Apply Now for JACL Fellowships in Washington, D.C.

JACL is currently accepting applications for the Norman Y. Mineta Fellowship, Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship and Mike M. Masaoka Congressional Fellowship. Each paid Fellowship will last for a period of at least one year and is located in Washington, D.C. For questions, please email policy@jacl.org, or call 202-223-1240.

JACL is seeking one Mineta Fellow and one Inouye Fellow  and two Masaoka Congressional Fellows to begin as early as August 2017. Applications for the Mineta/Inouye Fellowship and Masaoka Fellowships should be emailed to Stephanie Nitahara at snitahara@jacl.org no later than 11:59pm EST, Monday, July 17, 2017.

Norman Y. Mineta Fellowship and  Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship

The Mineta Fellow and 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.

Interested applicants should submit a resume, a sample of writing, and names and contact information for two (2) references to snitahara@jacl.org.

Click here for the Mineta and Inouye Fellowship application.

Mike M. Masaoka Congressional Fellowship

The Masaoka Fellowship is designed to develop leaders for public service, particularly at the national level, and provides Fellows the unique opportunity to be placed in a Congressional office where they gain firsthand knowledge of policy creation.

The Fellowship lasts for a minimum of 1 year and is housed in the D.C. office of a member of the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House of Representatives. The length of the Fellowship is decided upon by the selected Fellow and by the Congressional office. Specific duties in the office vary depending on the Congressional office and on the Fellow’s experience and knowledge of Congressional functions.

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, particularly in writing, are important. JACL is accepting applications for Masaoka Fellows on an ongoing basis for 2017. Applicants must submit a completed application form and one letter of reference.

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