2019 CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship Program Application

The deadline to apply for the 2019 CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship Program has passed. Please subscribe to our mailing list for more information about the 2020 application cycle.


To be eligible for the CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship, applicants must be a junior or senior in college, 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. Internships can be pre-arranged by the applicant or finalized upon award of the scholarship. We strongly encourage all applicants to apply for summer internships as well as apply for the PSI Program concurrently.

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 of up to $3,000 (see FAQ for more details)

  • Attend regular 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

How To Apply

  • A completed and signed application (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?


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.

All materials, except the letter of recommendation, must be submitted as a single PDF attachment, in a single email to info@councilka.org. Use “2019 PSI Application” in the subject line. The letter of recommendation should be emailed separately to info@councilka.org with “Recommendation Letter — YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME” in the subject line within one week of submitting the application. CKA may request supplemental information as appropriate. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please make sure to submit all required materials.

CKA does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, or veteran status in awarding scholarships.