The SikhLEAD 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 legislative process.
SikhLEAD Internships seek to develop leadership skills, encourage political and civic engagement, and foster interest in public service careers by providing the unparalleled experience of interning in a congressional office, federal agency, or host 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 host organizations may vary, intern responsibilities in congressional offices might include:
- Attending hearings
- Advocating policy positions
- Writing press releases
- Summarizing Capitol Hill briefings
- Conducting research
- Responding to constituents
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.