CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship Program

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have to be a US citizen to apply to the CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship Program?

    • You must be a US citizen or a permanent resident to participate in this program. Individuals with valid work permits may also apply.
  • Do you have to be a Korean American to be eligible for the CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship Program?

    • You do not have to be Korean American to be eligible for this program. However, due to the program’s focus on Korean American leadership, Korean Americans are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • How is the scholarship level determined?

    • The number of weeks you will intern, with a preference for 10-week internships
    • Housing
      • Students who can secure housing through family members in their city of internship (DC or NY) are encouraged to stay with their families.
      • Students with local housing will receive $300/week throughout their internship. Students without local housing will receive $500/week.
  • What are the start and end dates of the program?

    • The PSI Program will start with a welcome dinner for the interns and CKA staff in early June and end with a closing ceremony at the end of August. Exact dates will be provided to participants by May.
    • We do not have a set start and end dates for the summer internship, as they depend on the students’ class schedules.
  • What is the time commitment for participating in the PSI Program?

    • We expect all PSIs to participate in the following activities:
      • Two conference calls in April and May 2018
      • Welcome dinner in DC and NY
      • Weekly PSI Speaker Series events
      • Closing ceremony in DC and NY
    • We offer limited financial aid for all alumni of the PSI Program to attend CKA’s annual National Summit & Gala.
  • Do you have to secure your own internship or will CKA help me find one?

    • CKA will place PSIs who have not secured a summer internship by the time they have been selected for the program. We encourage all applicants to begin applying for summer internships as soon as possible, particularly if they are pursuing an internship in the federal government, which may involve obtaining a security clearance.
  • What if I can’t find an unpaid internship in the public sector that is ten weeks long?

    • We accept shorter-term internships on a case-by-case basis. We encourage those with internships less than ten weeks long to find a second internship to carry over to a ten-week period.
  • When will finalists be contacted for interviews?

    • Finalists will be contacted by no later than March 2018.
  • Are interviews in-person?

    • All interviews are conducted via Google Hangout to reduce the cost of travel.
  • I applied last year, but was not selected for the program. Can I reapply?

    • Yes, you are welcome to reapply to the program.
  • Will CKA help me find housing?

    • All PSIs are responsible for finding their own housing.
  • Are there any housing resources that you recommend?

    • We encourage our students to join housing groups in online platforms such as Facebook and to keep an eye out for month-to-month or short-term leases. We also invite PSIs to connect with alumni of the program on housing options. Always request pictures of wherever you will be staying before signing any lease.

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