Do you want to get involved in Massachusetts politics?

Do you want to build leadership skills that will empower you to make change in your community?

Do you want to be surrounded and inspired by empowering AAPI women?

Apply to be a 2020 AAWPI State House Fellow and a member of our 11th annual cohort!

Featured in Boston Magazine, AAWPI seeks to cultivate and mentor the next generation of Asian American leaders and build a strong community of Asian American women. The only program of its kind in the country, AAWPI’s State House Fellowship Program provides Asian American women with an empowering opportunity to combine passion with state policy-making through a part-time internship at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. The fellowship includes interactive trainings and issue briefings led by well-known civic and government leaders. Fellows will learn from Asian American women leaders and gain access to our alumni network.

Program Overview

The 10th annual State House Fellowship includes the following components:

  • Pre-program orientation to get to know the cohort and the leadership team and prepare fellows to excel in their State House internship placements.

  • Placement in a State legislator’s office as a legislative intern.

  • Bi-weekly trainings designed to support fellows during their internships and build essential skills. Briefing topics have included: the legislative and budget process, campaigns 101, press relations, fundraising, and issues affecting the Asian American community (including mental health, domestic violence and health disparities).

  • Peer and professional mentorship from an alumna of the program who will serve as an additional resource to each fellow during the fellowship experience, as well as with a working professional in the community who shares similar career interests. Several mentorship matches have resulted in long-lasting relationships past the fellowship.

  • A $500 stipend. Recipients of federal work-study may be eligible to redeem their work-study award through this fellowship instead of the program stipend. If applicable, please indicate your interest in using your work-study on the application. Past fellows have also arranged to receive academic credit through the fellowship. AAWPI will cover the cost of the January training weekend and program materials throughout the fellowship.

Expected Commitment

AAWPI State House Fellows are expected to commit a minimum of 10 hours/week to a State House internship and an additional 10 hours/month to programming and group project work. The program runs from mid-January through early May of 2020.

  • Orientation training weekend in mid-January, 2020.

  • A 16-week internship placement with a Massachusetts legislator, beginning the week of January 20th through May 9th, 2020. Duties range from constituent services to helping analyze the fiscal year budget. Fellows are responsible for making sure that their schedules will permit them to intern at least ten hours within State House office hours (9am-5pm), Monday through Friday at the State House in Boston. A majority of internship hours must be spent interning Monday through Thursday.

  • 2-hour, bi-weekly, in-person AAWPI fellowship trainings on either Saturday or Sunday throughout the internship. Dates to be determined.

  • A fundraising requirement that will help sustain the pipeline of up-and-coming Asian-American women leaders and next year’s fellowship program. Fellows will receive fundraising training and support to help meet their fundraising goals. This has proven to be a great opportunity for fellows to develop and practice essential professional skills.

  • A capstone group project that showcases the fellows’ experiences in the program to the local community. Fellows will receive guidelines and support in developing and implementing the project. The overall goals are to build strong teamwork among the fellows and build community among the larger AAWPI community.


Who Should Apply

The fellowship is for Asian American women with a strong interest in the intersection of policy and community issues. Candidates should possess strong written and oral communication skills. Current undergraduate students, recent graduates, and those not currently enrolled in school are encouraged to apply. Those who are pursuing/have pursued a graduate degree are not eligible to apply. Students of all majors are welcome - previous fellows included art, pre-med, biology, public health, journalism, and political science majors.