Apply Now for Paid JACL Fellowships – DEADLINE: May 19

JACL National is now accepting applications for the Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship at the national office in Washington, DC, to start immediately or during the summer of 2019 and the Mike M. Masaoka Congressional Fellowship, to start in summer 2019.


Candidates must be U.S. citizens, JACL members, and students or young professionals who have completed at least an undergraduate degree. Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated a commitment to Asian American issues, particularly those affecting the Japanese American community. Communication skills, especially in writing, are important.


For questions please contact Norman Y. Mineta Fellow, Katharine Hirata, at


For more information, please see here.



The Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship is named for the late United States senator from Hawaii. The fellowship provides the opportunity to work on advocacy at the national level at the JACL National office in Washington, D..C.


The fellow will monitor key legislative initiatives of importance to the JACL mission and implement JACL-sponsored programs.The fellow will support the Executive Director on a broad range of public policy issues important to the Asian American community. The fellow will work with other staff to mobilize and inform local chapters; fellows are integral in establishing a voice for JACL and its members in Washington D.C.


This fellowship offers a chance to live in the nation’s capital and gain experience observing and learning from top professionals in civil rights and other non-profits. Fellows gain familiarity with Congress and acquire the skills to correspond, collaborate, and maintain a working relationship with members of Congress.


The fellowship will last for a period of up to 12 months.


The Inouye Fellow works closely with the Norman Y. Mineta Fellow and will be responsible for the following:

·     Staff and monitor key legislative initiatives and issues relevant to the AAPI community.

·     Work on a wide variety of projects, issues and programs.

·     Conduct research and study topics assigned.

·     Interact with other national AAPI and civil rights organizations in the DC area.

·     Work with JACL and other organizations to organize programs and events.

·     Serve on various civil rights and AAPI committees.

·     Perform a wide variety of duties, and work directly with the Executive Director.


Find the application here.



The Mike M. Masaoka Fellowship Fund was established in 1988 to honor Mike M. Masaoka (1915-1991) for a lifetime of outstanding public service in promoting justice, civil rights and human dignity. The Masaoka Fellowship is designed to develop leaders for public service, particularly at the national level, and provides fellows the unique opportunity to be placed in a Congressional office where they gain firsthand knowledge of policy creation.


The fellowship typically lasts for one year and is housed in the D.C. office of a member of the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House of Representatives. The length of the fellowship is decided upon by the selected fellow and by the Congressional office. Specific duties in the office vary depending on the Congressional office and on the fellow’s experience and knowledge of Congressional functions.


Find the application here.

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