We are now accepting applications for AAWPI's 2017 Fellowship Program!

Deadline: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 11:59pm!

Are you active in campus organizations?  Do you volunteer in the larger community?

Do you want to learn leadership skills that will help you effect change for our communities?

Do you want to be a part of changing the face of government?

As the only program of its kind in the country, the Asian-American Women's Political Initiative's (AAWPI's) State House Fellowship Program provides Asian-American women with an empowering opportunity to combine community activism with state policymaking through a part-time internship at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. The fellowship also includes interactive trainings and issue briefings led by well-known civic leaders and leaders in government. Unique to the program are discussions around Asian-American women identity and issues affecting the Asian-American community and Asian-American women. Trainings and briefings are conducted through an Asian-American community lens, making connections between policymaking and our communities. The 2016 State House Fellows will be AAWPI's seventh annual cohort. Featured in Boston Magazine, the fellowship seeks to cultivate and mentor the next generation of leaders and advocates in the Asian-American community.

Program Overview

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 January 29, 2018 through May 20, 2018. The 9th annual State House Fellowship includes the following components:


  • Orientation training weekend on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 2018.

  • A 16-week internship placement with a Massachusetts legislator, beginning the week of January 29 through May 20, 2018. Duties range from constituent services to helping to 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, MA. A majority of internship hours must be spent interning Monday through Thursday.

  • 3-hour, monthly, in-person AAWPI fellowship trainings on either Saturday or Sunday throughout the internship. Dates are as follows: February 10/11, March 3/4, April 14/15, and May 5/6. 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).

  • 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 through this process.

  • Mentorship matches with an alumna of the program who will serve as an additional resource to each fellow during the fellowship experience, and with a working professional in the community who share similar career interests as the fellow. Several mentorship matches have resulted in long-lasting relationships past the set fellowship dates and have strengthened the local Asian-American women community.

  • Group project to be implemented by fellow 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.

  • Fellows will each receive 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 cover page of your 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.
    Who Should Apply
    Asian-American women with strong interest in the intersection of policy and community issues and who possess strong written and oral communication skills are encouraged to apply. For those in school, students of all majors are encouraged to apply.  Candidates must live or attend school in Massachusetts.  Preferred candidates have a history of being active in their communities and intend to work and reside in Massachusetts post-fellowship. 
    How to Apply
    Application Deadline: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 11:59pm
    In-person Interviews: Saturday, November 4, 2017 and Sunday, November 5, 2017 (Interviews will be held in Boston)
    Notification: Mid-November 2017

    To apply, please complete the following by 11:59 PM on Sunday, October 22, 2017.
    • Fill out and submit cover letter form online at
    • Submit your resume and a 2-3 page personal statement by e-mail to Your personal statement should be double-spaced and address the following:
     1) Tell us about yourself, your background and how your background has influenced who you are today. We want to get to know you.
     2) Why are you interested in the fellowship program? What do you hope to get out of it? 
     3) What does being an activist mean to you?

    For more information, contact Diana Hwang at or 617-652-0509.

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