Washington Leadership Program accepting applications from South Asian-origin students for 2017 internships

Deadline for applications is Jan. 19, 2017.

The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) has announced its accepting applications from high-potential South Asian college students for the 2017 summer leadership program scheduled to take place from June 10, 2017 to August 4, 2017.

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, according to a press release.

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 at http://www.thewlp.com/the-wlp-program.html

The deadline for submitting applications is January 19, 2017.

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 180 alumni who have interned for notable elected officials, including Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA).

Alumni from the program have gone on to win Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Mitchell 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.

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