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


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

Do you want to build leadership skills that will help you make 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. Trainings and briefings are conducted through an Asian-American community lens, making connections between policymaking and our communities. The 2017 State House Fellows will be AAWPI's eighth 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.

Program Overview

AAWPI State House Fellows are expected to commit a minimum of 12 hours per week to the program beginning January 28, 2017 through the end of May 2017. The 8th annual State House Fellowship includes the following components:


  • Orientation training weekend on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 2017.

  • A 16-week internship placement with a Massachusetts legislator, beginning the week of January 30 through May 19, 2017. 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.

  • Biweekly, 2.5-hour, in-person AAWPI fellowship trainings every other Saturday or Sunday throughout the internship. Dates are as follows: February 11/12, February 18/19, March 4/5, March 18/19, April 1/2, April 15/16, May 6/7. 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.

  • 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 shares similar career interests. Several mentorship matches have resulted in long-lasting relationships past the fellowship.

  • Group project to be implemented by the fellows 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
    The fellowship is for Asian-American women with a strong interest in the intersection of policy and community issues and who possess strong written and oral communication skills. 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 and Timeline 
    Application Deadline: Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 11:59pm
    In-person Interviews: Saturday, October 29, 2016 or Sunday, October 30, 2016 (Interviews will be held in Boston. Please indicate in your application if you foresee conflicts with these dates. Otherwise, it is presumed that all applicants are available for an in-person interview on either of the dates.)
    Notification: Mid-November 2016

    To apply, complete the following by 11:59PM ET on Monday, October 24, 2016:
    • Fill out and submit cover letter form online at
    • Your resume with one reference who can speak to your involvement in the community;
    • .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 and what do you hope to get out of it? 
     3) What do you feel are major issues affecting Asian-American women in Massachusetts?

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

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