APAPA Internship Program Application

The APAPA Internship Program was established in 2004, designed to inspire and empower culturally and ethnically diverse graduating high school students and college students throughout the nation to become civically engaged, preparing them to become future leaders in our community.

This year, we are going virtual. Interns will continue to gain valuable work experience through a virtual internship. Interns are placed in local legislative, constitutional, non-profit, or other related offices in their respective regions. Through their host office work assignments, mentorship, networking opportunities, and workshops, interns will gain legislative experience, learn about civic engagement, strengthen their leadership and communication skills, and prepare for the future through professional development training.

Students will be placed in local legislative, constitutional, non-profit, or other related offices in their respective regions and work an equivalent of about 70-80 hours throughout the duration of the program. Hours must stretch throughout the intern program, June 1 – August 13, 2021 (exceptions may be made with the approval of the Committee).

Interns will receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 after the successful completion of the program.

Students are responsible for their own housing, transportation and insurance.

The program is open to all undergraduate, graduate students, and graduating high school seniors. (Applicants must be a graduating senior or be 18 years old at the start of the internship)

• Demonstrated leadership
• Interpersonal and teamwork skills
• Written and verbal communication skills
• Community service
• Preferred minimum grade point average of 3.0

Application Deadline:

Greater Sacramento Chapter: Sunday, April 18, 2021

San Joaquin Chapter: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Summer Program Length: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 – Friday, August 13, 2021
*Due to various academic calendars, students can request special accommodations within this time frame. However, students must complete an equivalent of about 70-80 hours.

*Please note that applicants may only be accepted into one APAPA Internship per year.

Internship Mandatory Program Requirements
Attend the following events and workshops in Sacramento:
• Summer 2021: Internship Gala
• Saturday, May 22, 2021: Orientation
• Friday, June 11 & 25, 2021: Workshops
• Friday, July 9 & 23, 2021: Workshops
• TBD: Voter Registration Outreach
• TBD: State Capitol Day
• Friday, August 13, 2021: Graduation

Additional Opportunities (not required)
Interns will have the opportunity to participate as a volunteer with APAPA at other events, including the following: Town Halls, Voters Forum, Holiday Mixer, Legislative Reception and the following year’s Internship Program and Gala.

Personal Statement

Please submit a statement addressing the following prompts. The statement must be no longer than 2 pages, double-spaced.

  • Diversity is defined as having a variety in a given group, be it people, items, or ideas. Do you believe diversity in political representation is important? Why or why not?
  • This internship grants opportunities to develop leadership and networking skills and gain public policy experience to students across the state that are selected. Describe why you should be selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants.
  • What change do you aspire to create and how would this program help you be the change you want to see?

Letter of Recommendation

Please submit one (1) letter of recommendation from a reference who can speak on your leadership qualities. The letter can be from either of the following types of references:

  1. Professional (someone who can vouch for you in a work-related capacity, such as a former employer or internship supervisor)
  2. Academic (a teacher, professor, or academic advisor), or
  3. Personal (someone who can speak to your character and abilities, such as a coach or a volunteer leader. A parent or a relative does not count).

The letter of recommendation must include the following information:

  1. In your experience, how has the applicant demonstrated initiative? In what ways have they exhibited leadership qualities?
  2. Why would you recommend the applicant for this internship?
  3. How will the applicant benefit from this internship?
  4. Describe your relationship with the applicant and (if applicable) how long have you worked with them.