Congressional Staff Program on Asia


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About the  Congressional Staff Program on Asia

The Congressional Staff Program on Asia is a bipartisan educational certificate program, which aims to equip Congressional staffers with greater knowledge of US-Asia policy in order to better understand America’s role in and engagement with this dynamic region and the policy implications that will directly engage Congress. It also provides and opportunity for participants to expand their network of congressional colleagues who are involved in similar issues, while engaging leading experts and officials on a range of policy-relevant topics.

This semester-long certificate program consists of a weekly series of eight, one-hour luncheon discussions, held at a Capitol Hill location on Fridays begining mid-April through mid-June 2018. Certificates of Completion will be awarded to participants who attend a minimum of six of the eight sessions.

Each session will feature a single topic and one or more speakers. Speakers will be experts invited from local universities, think tanks, government agencies, and other policy institutions. The curriculum will cover a range of topics related to the Asia Pacific and US-Asia relations, to include: US-Asia Relations: Politics, Security, and Economics; Alliances and US Force Posture in Asia; China’s Rise; Democratic Development in Asia, and others. A complete schedule of topics, times, and locations will be provided at the time of selection.

How to Apply

Applicants must be current congressional staff, employed by either a member of congress or congressional committee, and can come from either chamber or party. No previous Asia expertise is required, but a strong Asia interest is encouraged. Preference is given to professional staff from committees and subcommittees with jurisdiction and oversight on issues U.S.-Asia relations (e.g.: Foreign Affairs/Foreign Relations, Intelligence, Ways and Means, Finance etc.); as well as legislative assistants, directors, chiefs of staff and deputy chiefs of staff serving Members on these committees or constituencies with strong Asia interest.

To apply, applicants must complete an online application form and submit a current resume or CV. The deadline to apply for the Spring 2018 program is 11:59pm (Monday) March 19th, 2018.

All completed applications received by the deadline will be considered for participation. A group of up to ten participants will be selected for this year’s class, with decision letters expected to be sent in late-March.

Click HERE to apply via our online application system