Overview of the Public Service Internship Program

At CKA, we believe that more Korean Americans must take on leadership roles in our society and demonstrate the power and potential of our community.

The CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship Program places college and graduate students in full-time summer internships throughout DC and NY and provides a generous scholarship up to $5,000 per student. We also provide high-impact leadership training and exclusive mentoring opportunities throughout the summer featuring CKA members, influencers, policymakers, and opinion makers.

History

In 2016, the Korean American League for Civic Action (KALCA) joined CKA after sixteen years of groundbreaking work in New York City to train and develop the next generation of civic leaders and to increase civic participation in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community through advocacy, education, and mobilization.

In doing so, KALCA merged its signature college internship program with CKA, combining forces to launch a new program with a wider reach in both Washington and New York. Leveraging CKA’s global network of Korean American leaders and KALCA’s long-standing track record of delivering high-quality internship programs, the CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship (PSI) Program is an exciting convergence of two premier Korean American leadership development programs. It is a unique opportunity for college and graduate students seeking hands-on experience in the public and nonprofit sectors.

KALCA’s College Internship Program was a highly selective internship opportunity that awarded scholarships and placed college students of Asian descent in key government offices and leading nonprofit organizations in and around New York City. Over the years, 87 KALCA interns received an insider’s view of civic and democratic processes and participated in a specialized curriculum to develop their leadership skills.

The inaugural PSI program, launched in 2016, gave scholarships to ten college and graduate students who were placed in unpaid internships at government offices and nonprofit organizations in our nation’s capital. Students were recruited from around the country — from California, the Midwest and the East Coast — to spend their summer in Washington and participate in exclusive closed-door meetings with top Asian American public sector leaders as part of the PSI Speaker Series.

The leadership of both CKA and KALCA will continue their work so that our young leaders reflect the best of what our community has to offer and ensure that our voice will always be heard.

APPLICATION

  • A completed application

  • Resume

  • Most recent transcript (official or unofficial is acceptable)
  • A letter of recommendation

  • A personal statement on two of the following questions (maximum of 300 words for each answer):

    • What skills, lessons, and/or relationships do you plan to bring back to your campus or community after your Public Service Internship?
    • Describe a need within the Korean American community you will be better equipped to help address after your Public Service Internship.
    • Who is your Korean American hero and why?
    • CKA values volunteerism and the spirit of giving back to the community. What has been the most significant volunteering experience for you and how has that changed your outlook on public service?

For consideration for Summer 2019, applications should be submitted by Thursday, January 31, 2019. Applications after this date will be considered based on the availability of funds and placement opportunities.

PHOTOS

PAST INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS

38 North

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA)

Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)

Center for Strategic and International Studies, Office of the Korea Chair

Data Quality Campaign

Department of Homeland Security, Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Reserve Board, Division on Consumer & Community Affairs

George Washington University Law Immigration Clinic

Mike and Maureen Mansfield Foundation

Millennium Challenge Corporation

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Washington Bureau

National Bureau of Asian Research

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)

National Education Association

Office of Congressman Adriano Espaillat

Office of Congressman Brendan Boyle

Office of Rep. Charles Rangel (NY-13)

Office of Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20)

Office of Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27)

Office of Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42)

Office of Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-8)

Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein

Office of Senator Jack Reed

Office of Senator Mazie Hirono

Office of Senator Tammy Duckworth

Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

The National Committee on North Korea: NCNK

The United States Department of Labor

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Truman Center

United Nations Development Program, Washington Representation Office

United States Department of State

US National Library of Medicine

US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Asian Program

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Office of Global Women’s Leadership Initiative

United States Embassy

Asian American Art Center (AAAC)

Asian American Federation

Asian American/Asian Research Institute

Citizens Union

Coalition for Asian American Children and Families

Council on Foreign Relations

Legal Aid Society

Make the Road New York

MinKwon Center for Community Action

New American Leaders Project

New Leaders

New York City Campaign Finance Board

New York City Commission on Human Rights

New York Immigration Coalition

New York League of Conservation Voters

New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)

NYC Councilmember Brad Lander

Office of NY State Assemblyman Ron Kim

Office of the Manhattan Borough President

Office of the Mayor, City of New York

Office of the Public Advocate, City of New York

Office of U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-6)

Office of U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)

StoryCrops

The “I Have a Dream” Foundation

The Bronx Defenders

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office

The Korea Society

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