Application process for coveted Summer internship program in Washington, D.C. opens

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The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) is accepting applications from Indian-American and other South Asian undergraduate college students for the 2021 summer internship program, which will be held from June 12 – August 6, 2021.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents to apply.

The WLP is dedicated to building the next generation of leaders from within the South Asian American community, a press release from the organization says.

A group of WLP Summer interns. Photo courtesy WLP

To meet that goal, the organization provides undergraduate students from the community with an eight-week summer internship in a congressional office or federal agency and a structured leadership-training curriculum.

Students can gain a firsthand view of the policy-making and legislative process in the nation’s capital through this immersive program.

Interns receive a $2,000 stipend and participate in professional development workshops, network with South Asian policy leaders, and complete a collaborative capstone project with their cohort in addition to their summer internship.

All students regardless of academic focus or professional goals are encouraged to apply.

A WLP intern meeting Congressman Ro Khanna, D-California, in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy WLP

Close to 300 alumni have interned in House and Senate member offices and federal agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Agency for International Development, Department of Labor, and Department of Commerce, over the years.

“Our alumni have gone on to hold leadership roles across the country, from business and healthcare to campaigns and government, including several who have been elected to public office,” WLP says.

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 pre-med to business and engineering, the press release said.

Applications are available online at The deadline for submitting applications is January 10, 2021 at 11:59pm PT.

WLP will be hosting an information session on January 6th at 6pm ET to answer questions about the program and application process.

Those interested can register at You can also follow WLP on Instagram and Twitter @TheWLP and for additional insights into the application process.

For more information, visit WLP’s website at



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