Internship Application for Desi College Students Due Jan. 15th

WLP 2018

WASHINGTON, DC–If you are a college Desi student and want to have a voice and contribute to the on-going dialogue or want to find ways to be more politically active, then the Washington Leadership Program (WLP) internship is for you. The deadline for applying this year is Jan. 15. If accepted, you will receive a $2,000 stipend.

The WLP offers a comprehensive leadership curricula designed to get you involved to learn how to work within the system to bring about change.

“We now have 5 South Asians elected to Congress and a number of South Asians in the government; we will offer you a chance to learn from them to benefit our community and your future,” says a statement from WLP.

WLP is accepting applications from high-potential South Asian college students for the 2018 summer leadership program scheduled to take place from June 8, 2019 to August 2, 2019.

The WLP cultivates the South Asian American community’s next generation of leaders by placing them in Congressional offices or Government Agencies for eight-week summer internships and a structured leadership-training curriculum. The students gain a firsthand view of the policy-making and legislative process, as well as gain access to high-profile South-Asian leaders in the nation’s capitol.

Applications are available online. To apply, click here.

The deadline for submitting applications is January 15, 2019.

All students who are either US citizens or legal permanent residents are encouraged to apply. Selection to the WLP is highly competitive and not limited to students pursuing majors in social sciences. The backgrounds of past participants have ranged from medical school to art and business.

Interns will receive a total stipend of $2,000 and will be required to complete 2-3 short writing assignments during the internship.

The WLP has over 200 alumni who have interned for notable elected officials including Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Rep. Pramilia Jayapal (D-WA). Alumni from the program have gone on to win Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Truman Scholarships, as well as acceptances into top-flight medical, law, public policy, and other post-graduate programs. Several alums are currently senior advisors to government officials, and one is an elected State Representative in Ohio.

For more information about the program, visit the WLP’s website at


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