Washington Leadership Program invites applications for 2019 summer internships

The eight-week Washington internship will begin on June 8.

The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) has started accepting applications for its 2019 public service internships for South Asian American college students, the organization said in an email

The program places students for eight-week summer internships at, among other places, congressional offices and various federal government agencies. The internship is accompanied by a structured leadership curriculum and networking opportunities, the nonprofit said in an email.

The internships will start on June 8 and end on August 2, 2019. The deadline for submitting applications is January 15, 2019.

The application package is available on the WLP website.

The WLP internship program was launched in 1995 by former India Abroad publisher Gopal Raju, with the mission of building the next generation of South Asian American leaders.

The WLP was launched as a nonprofit in 2008 after Raju’s death to honor his memory.

“The WLP is the only organization that focuses on building a pipeline of future leaders from our community,” said Harin Contractor, a member of the WLP Executive Board. “In order to have a voice and seat at the table, we need to invest in the young and bright minds who want to change their country. The WLP not only gets the most talented from our community to learn the ins and outs of politics, but we get access to movers and shakers in D.C. who want to see this pipeline grow and flourish.”

WLP scholars have gone on to have successful careers in both public and private sectors. Two went on to serve in state legislatures. Niraj Antani is currently serving in the Ohio House of Representatives. Sam Arora served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 2011 to 2014.

Two alums later became Rhode scholars and five became Truman scholars, according to the organization.


Washington Leadership Program accepting applications from South Asian-origin students for 2017 internships (December 9, 2016)

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