Aloha no kākou,

I am currently a scholar in the Native American Political Leadership Program at George Washington University for the Spring 2015 semester. As the only Native Hawaiian in my program, I see the need to have more Native Hawaiian representation here in Washington DC.

There are a number of programs that sponsor Native students to come to Washington DC. They provides students with the opportunity to live, intern and receive academic credit. Many of these programs provide full scholarships to students.

It is important to have our Native Hawaiian kids participate in these programs. It will not only provide them with an outstanding academic and work experience, but it will allow them to experience life outside of Hawaiʻi, while still representing our lāhui.

I have attached a document that lists the programs here in Washington DC. Please pass this a long to your contacts or any of whom may be interested.

Listed below deadlines for the summer sessions:

Native American Political Leadership Program at George Washington University

  • Summer Session Deadline: March 1st

Washington Internship for Native Students at American University

  • Summer Session Deadline: March 13th

White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Internship Program

  • Summer Session Deadline: March 8th

APAICS 2015-2016 Congressional Fellowship Program

  • Final Deadline: March 31st

The document also has deadlines for the Fall 2015 sessions as well.


Throughout the year, Native Hawaiian students and recent graduates have the opportunity to participate in internships and leadership programs in Washington, D.C. This offers an invaluable up-close view of Washington, D.C. where students can learn how political decisions are made, how power is wielded and how government is run – because they are right in the center of the process.

Native American Political Leadership Program

The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a full-scholarship program designed to give Native undergraduate and graduate students the chance to participate in the Semester in Washington Politics program.

NAPLP scholarships are awarded to students based on academic ability, leadership potential, and an interest in politics. There is no application fee for those applying for the NAPLP scholarship.

What does the NAPLP scholarship cover?

Tuition and fees for the two core classes, plus an optional third course (up to 9 credit hours total)

Housing in a GW dormitory

A small stipend for books and living expenses, paid in two installments

Airfare to and from Washington, D.C. (one round-trip ticket)


Program Start and End Date: January 12 – May 1

Priority Deadline: October 1

Final Deadline: November 1


Program Start and End Date: June 1- July 24

Priority Deadline: February 15

Final Deadline: March 1

Eligibility: Open to undergraduate and graduate students, including those who have completed their undergraduate degree but have not yet enrolled in a graduate program.