Internships and Fellowships

Norman Y. Mineta and Daniel K. Inouye Fellowships

The Norman Y. Mineta Fellowship was established in 2007 in honor of the American politician. Mineta served as U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Commerce. Mineta also help found the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

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 fellowships provide the opportunity to work on advocacy at a national level through the National JACL office based in Washington, D.C. As a fellow you will become a key component in the D.C. team. In this position  you will be working with JACL staff, other fellows and the executive director, collectively working to mobilize and inform local chapters. As part of this D.C. branch of National JACL, fellows are integral in establishing a voice for JACL and its members within D.C and the various networks. 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.   

As a fellow, you become more familiar with congress and acquire the skills to correspond, collaborate, and maintain a working relationship with members of congress.

The Fellow assists the JACL National office in Washington, DC on a broad range of public policy issues important to the Asian American community.

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 12 months. The fellowship is sponsored through a grant from UPS.

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.

Please click here for the Inouye and Mineta Fellowship Application

APPLICATIONS FOR JACL FELLOWSHIPS ARE DUE May 18, 2018.

 

At this time we are not accepting applications for the John K. Moy Internship or the Mike Masaoka Congressional fellowship. Thank you for your understanding.

John K. Moy/Southwest Internship

The John K. Moy/Southwest Internship Program provides an opportunity to a qualified young professional or college student to gain valuable experience through a three-month paid internship at the Washington, D.C. office of the JACL. Interns will work on a range of public policy issues, write a report, and attend the JACL National Convention. The fellowship is sponsored through a donation from John K. Moy and Southwest Airlines.

Mike M. Masaoka Congressional Fellowship

The Mike M. Masaoka Fellowship Fund was established in 1988 to honor Mike M. Masaoka (1915-1991) for a lifetime of outstanding public service in promoting justice, civil rights and human dignity. 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.

Please click here for the Mike Masaoka Fellowship Application

For more information on JACL Fellowship and Internship programs, please email policy@jacl.org or call us at 202-223-1240.

The JACL Internship and Fellowship programs are graciously made possible by  Southwest Airlines.

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