2018 CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship Program Application

CKA is no longer accepting applications for the Summer 2018 CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship program. Please check our website at the end of the year for information about the 2019 application process.

In the fall of 2016, the Korean American League for Civic Action (KALCA) joined CKA to form the CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship (PSI) Program. In 2018, 27 outstanding undergraduate, graduate students, and recent graduates were selected through a competitive process for the third annual PSI Program. Students have received scholarships of $3,000 to $5,000, based on need, to intern full-time for ten weeks in government offices, leading nonprofit organizations, and public interest groups in Washington, DC or New York City.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship, applicants must be an undergraduate student, graduate student, or a recent graduate who is interested in a career that strengthens their local and global communities. The internship must be full-time for at least 10 consecutive weeks and unpaid. Placement for the internship can be prearranged by the applicant or finalized upon award of the scholarship. CKA staff will provide limited support in securing placements.

Eligible placements include congressional offices in Washington and New York, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and advocacy groups. Placements cannot be political campaigns or include campaign activity.

Award and Responsibilities

All CKA-KALCA Public Service Interns will receive and be responsible for the following:

  • Receive a scholarship between $3,000 and $5,000 (see FAQ for more details)

  • Attend weekly closed-door events, such as lunch and dinner roundtables, featuring prominent Asian American Pacific Islander leaders, mentoring sessions, and group discussion on national issues affecting the Korean American community

  • Submit a 500-word reflection essay on the internship experience, within two weeks of the end of the internship

  • Attend CKA’s National Summit & Gala in Fall 2018 in Washington, DC (see FAQ for more details)

How To Apply

  • A completed and signed application (PDF or Online Form)

  • 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):

    1. What skills, lessons, and/or relationships do you plan to bring back to your campus or community after your Public Service Internship?
    2. Describe a need within the Korean American community you will be better equipped to help meet after your Public Service internship.
    3. Who is your Korean American hero and why?
    4. 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?

Deadline

CKA is no longer accepting applications for the Summer 2018 CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship program. Please check our website at the end of the year for information about the 2019 application process.

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