November 16, 2017

The State of Washington Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) and the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) invites Washington’s future leaders to apply to the CAPAA/ACLF Fellowship Program.

CAPAA is a state agency in the Executive Branch that advises the Governor, the Legislature, and state and local agencies on issues of concern to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPIs) communities. ACLF is a community-based, nonprofit organization that trains and supports the leadership of Asian Pacific Islanders (API) with a commitment to social justice, community empowerment, and public service.

This program provides an opportunity for emerging leaders to contribute toward the well-being of AAPIs while earning academic credit, exploring career options, and gaining professional experience.

Fellowship projects may include research and analyzing public policy, tracking legislation, attending committee hearings, authoring bill summaries and reports, organizing community events, and assisting in constituent services and communications.

  • Fellows will work closely with CAPAA staff and commissioners through these meaningful projects.
  • The experience gained through the fellowship program can enhance a resume, offering an important career advantage.
  • Fellows will serve in Olympia in a full or part-time volunteer capacity.
  • Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in the 2018 ACLF Community Leaders Program.


About the Fellowship

Start Date: January 2018, 15-20+ hours per week
Location: CAPAA Office, Olympia, WA
Salary and Benefits: Unpaid Fellowship

Course Credit: College course credit may be available. We will work with the students’ academic institutions to help them earn any academic credits for which they may be eligible.


Preferred/Desired Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled college or graduate student`
  • Interested in law, public policy/administration, and social justice issues impacting diverse, underserved, and/or underrepresented communities
  • Outstanding verbal, written and leadership skills
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and meet established deadlines
  • Ability to work well and creatively, in a team environment and independently
  • Good judgment, ability to manage sensitive situations, professional and highly personable
  • Committed, with a passion for public service


To apply, please submit:

  1. A written statement describing why you are interested in this fellowship; why public service is important to you; the areas of work that most appeal to you; the skills you wish to develop; and your long-term career goals.
  2. An unofficial transcript from your college.
  3. A copy of your resume and two references.


Completed applications are due via e-mail or mail by 5 PM on December 18, 2017.

Subject line: CAPAA/ACLF Fellowship 2018

Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
P.O. Box 40925
Olympia, WA 98504-0925

Please contact Sam Le at (360) 725-5667 for questions and inquiries.


The Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, and ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam-era veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process, or who wish to receive this job announcement in an alternative format, may call 360-725-0158 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf: 711 Relay