Testimonials

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”

FAQs

SALDEF SikhLeaders on the Hill 6-2016

Why is SALDEF offering the SikhLEAD Internship Programs with Congress and Federal Agencies?
Where will the internships be located?
What will I gain from participating in the SikhLEAD Internship Program?

How will my placement be determined?
Are internship positions only offered in the summer?
Am I eligible and how can I apply?
How are interns chosen? What are you looking for?
What are the costs associated with participating? Is financial assistance available?
What are the housing and travel accommodations like?
What will I do for fun?
What if the dates of the program don’t fit in my schedule?
Wh
o should I contact if I still have questions?

Why is SALDEF offering the SikhLEAD Internship Program with Congress and Federal Agencies?
We believe that developing the next generation of Sikh American leaders and encouraging their civic participation is an important step in securing the future of our community in the United States. By providing opportunities to explore potential careers in public service, a growing number of Sikh Americans will pursue positions of leadership in American civic society, thereby increasing visibility and awareness of Sikhs and advancing our community’s interests.

Where will the internships be located?
All internship positions will be based out of Washington, DC, in Congressional Offices, federal agencies, and other host organizations, including SALDEF. As the nation’s capital, DC offers an unparalleled cultural, political, and international atmosphere to work and live in.

What will I gain from participating in the SikhLEAD Internship Program?
Kaurs Langar on the Hill 2016You will learn and experience firsthand the United States government operates, whether from the perspective of a Congressional intern, Federal agency intern, or community advocate. Various placements provide the opportunity to understand the legislative process, the legal process, and how communities participate in and influence the government. The internship will provide a unique opportunity to supplement your resume with an impressive experience. Additionally, the internship will allow you to explore a potential career track, create a network of professional and personal contacts, develop real-world skills, and build confidence and professional work habits. Learn more about the internship from former interns by watching a video about the program.

How will my placement be determined?
We have partnered with various congressional offices, federal agencies, and other DC-based host organizations to provide internships to Sikh American students. Depending on their specific requirements and your interests as articulated in your application, we will match selected applicants to their offices. Applicants will be notified in April of the details of their placement. Due to the rolling nature of the placements, some applicants may be placed prior to the close of the application period.

Are internship positions only offered in the summer?
At the moment, internships are only available for the summer session. Check back with us to learn about internship opportunities in the fall.

Am I eligible and how can I apply?
DC Langar on the Hill SALDEF Group PhotoTo qualify, applicants must meet these requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate educational institution (recent graduates are welcome to apply)
  • U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident
  • Submit all required application materials by the deadline

How are interns chosen? What are you looking for?
We carefully review your application, resume, and transcript for the following:

  • Demonstrated interest in the political process, public policy issues, and Sikh American community affairs through relevant coursework and extracurricular activities
  • Evidence of leadership abilities and initiative
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong academic record as indicated by your transcript

You can read about previous internship classes by clicking here.

Selected applicants will be contacted for a mandatory interview prior to acceptance into the program. During the interview you will have the chance to learn more about the upcoming session’s specific placement opportunities.

Note: Some congressional offices, agencies, and host organizations may require additional screening even if you are successfully chosen by SALDEF’s Application Process.

What are the costs associated with participating? Is financial assistance available?

SALDEF will provide each participant with a $1,500 stipend.

Participants will be responsible for their housing costs throughout their internship and any incidental costs.

SALDEF will reimburse transportation cost to and from DC. Participants must coordinate with SALDEF staff for approval prior to booking their travel.

Once selected, applicants will submit a $250 fully-refundable deposit prior to placement. If we are unable to obtain a placement for any selected applicants, we will reimburse the deposit to you immediately. However, if you are unable to attend the program you will forfeit this deposit.

What are the housing and travel accommodations like?
LesTalusan_SALDEF_InternshipClass2014Due to the number of interns in DC each summer, many housing options are available, including:

  • Washington Intern Student Housing
  • George Washington University Summer Housing
  • American University Summer Housing

These short-term housing options provide fully furnished, comfortable living arrangements for student interns. SALDEF will provide you with information to successfully secure your housing during the session.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (“Metro”) operates trains and buses throughout the city, making traveling in the city convenient and affordable.

What will I do for fun?
Washington, DC is an exciting and vibrant city teeming with activity. From the historic monuments, open green spaces, and free access to over 20 Smithsonian museums to the eclectic shops, clubs, and cafes, there’s something for everybody.

Along with exploring your own interests, SALDEF will plan various excursions throughout the summer.

What if the dates of the program don’t fit in my schedule?
The internship program will run from early-June to mid-August. However, if these dates do not fit into your academic schedule, we will work with you to make necessary accommodations.

Who should I contact if I still have questions?
If you have additional questions about SALDEF’s SikhLEAD Internship Program, please email us at [email protected].