Shabd Singh Khalsa - Congressional Intern with Representative Peter Defazio

“I would recommend this internship program to anyone looking to further their career and make life-long connections”

Harmeet Kaur - Congressional Intern with Representative Judy Chu

“Spending the summer on Capitol Hill with politicians and advocates was one of the most inspiring experiences I have had in my young career”


Internship Program

The SikhLEAD Washington DC Internship Program partners with congressional offices, federal agencies, and Washington, DC-based organizations to provide Sikh American students (undergraduate, graduate, and law students) with enriching internship experiences. Through this program, students are afforded first-hand perspective into the functioning of the federal government and the legislative process.

Click here to watch a video about the internship program.

SikhLEAD Internships develop leadership skills, encourage political and civic engagement, and foster interest in public service careers by providing an unparalleled experience of interning in a congressional office, federal agency, or another political social-profit organization. Internships will allow students to explore a potential career track, create a network of professional and personal contacts, develop real-world skills, and build confidence.

While intern responsibilities in federal agencies and other host organizations may vary, intern responsibilities in congressional offices might include:

  • Conducting research
  • Attending hearings and writing summary memos
  • Advocating policy positions
  • Writing press releases
  • Summarizing Capitol Hill briefings
  • Planning and coordinating events sponsored by the congressional office
  • Responding to constituents

Past internship placements and interested hosts for 2016 include:

  1. The White House
  2. Various congressional offices:
    1. Senator Chris Coons (DE)
    2. Senator Bob Casey (PA)
    3. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
    4. Senator Stabenow (MI)
    5. Congressman Ami Bera (CA)
    6. Congressman Mike Honda (CA)
    7. Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA)
    8. Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR)
    9. Congressman Pete Sessions (TX)
    10. Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA)
    11. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI)
    12. Congressman Joseph Crowley (NY)
    13. Congressman Ted Poe (TX)
  3. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and other Committees
  4. Department of Justice (DOJ)
  5. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) (undergraduate and law students encouraged to apply)
  6. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  7. Smithsonian Institution
  8. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  9. The Becket Fund (must have completed 1st year of law school)
  10. National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Internships (must have completed 1st year of law school)
  11. Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) – (prefer graduate students)
  12. National Organization for Women (NOW)
  13. SALDEF National Office

Note: Unless otherwise specified, all hosts are seeking undergraduate, graduate, and law students.

Throughout the duration of the internship, SALDEF will host a series of special programming and opportunities, such as leadership workshops, networking events, and cultural outings in DC, to further contribute to the development of the next generation of leaders. These workshops and events are mandatory.

SALDEF supports each participant with a $1500 stipend upon satisfactory completion of internship.

Applications are closed for this year, however look out in early 2017 for next years application!