Opportunity for Indonesians: Legislative Fellows Program in Washington, D.C.

The American Council for Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) is soliciting applications from young Indonesian professionals interested in participating in ACYPL's Legislative Fellows Program.

The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) Legislative Fellows Program will provide international participants with an in-depth, hands-on exploration of the vital role that a diverse civil society plays at all levels of our country’s political processes and how this involvement informs and enhances American democracy. In doing so, foreign participants will strengthen their understanding of American governance, politics, and the legislative process. The American program participants will gain knowledge and insight into the government and political dynamics of the country in which their hosted fellow lives and works. By traveling overseas, they will gain personal insight into the challenges and opportunities of local political and government systems and share professional perspectives, strategic advice, best practices and shared aspirations. These exchanges will serve as a foundation on which to establish sustainable two-way partnerships between the young professionals from East Asia and the Pacific Rim and their American counterparts, with the goal of promoting and strengthening civil society, transparent politics, good governance, and mutual understanding and trust.

The Legislative Fellows Program is divided into two cycles, with two phases to each cycle. During the first phase of the cycle Fellows from Indonesia will travel to the US for a week of meetings in Washington, DC, a month long legislative fellowship in a pre-determined U.S. state and a week of wrap up and State Department meetings in Washington, DC. The American mentors will then travel to Indonesia for two weeks during the second phase of the cycle.

Legislative Fellows Program applicants must be:

*University Graduates

*Age 25-35

*Fluent in English

*Professionally engaged in politics, elections, policy-making, civic education or grassroots advocacy

*Possess demonstrated leadership abilities and a commitment to public service

*Committed/ able to organizing a program in applicant’s country for American mentor that includes joint outreach and capacity building activities

The application deadline is July 16. The application form is attached. Please email it to applications@ by July 16, 2010

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