SikhLEAD offers internships with Members of Congress, state elected officials, federal agencies, and Washington, DC-based organizations, including SALDEF.
Each host office and agency has specific requirements and internship time lines vary slightly, SALDEF will work with successful applicants to work out the details of their particular internship program.
Placements are highly competitive and will occur on a rolling basis. Early applications are highly encouraged. For more details on placement options, click here.
Internship responsibilities will vary depending on needs of each placement. For Congressional internships, typical intern duties include researching legislation, attending hearings and briefings, and answering constituent letters on various issues before the House and Senate.
For example, we have had students interested in graphic design provide substantial creative and technical support in revamping the website of the elected official they worked for. Whatever subject(s) the interns major in, can be explored during the internship — we encourage applicants to research the work of your elected official and if there is a policy relevant to your field that the Congressperson or Senator is currently addressing, you can request research and other duties to support that work.
Internships at federal agencies and nonprofit policy groups are specific to the work of the host organizations. Interns may be able to specifically request communications, research, legal aid, policy, and development department affiliation.
We find that the hard working and bright individuals who demonstrate flexibility for supervisory staff can have even more meaningful learning experiences during their internship.
Once you submit your application, including your polished resume, we encourage you to have this conversation with our staff.
Dates and Deadlines
Internships will be approximately eight- to ten-week positions, commencing in early-June and ending in mid-August. Because each congressional or senator’s office, federal agency, and other host organization internship schedule varies, these dates are subject to change. SALDEF will work with each selected intern to schedule exact dates of their internship.
Upon arriving in Washington, DC, interns will convene at SALDEF’s National Office for a series of orientation events. Throughout the duration of the internship, SALDEF will host luncheons with representatives of various organizations and federal agencies, social events, and cultural outings in DC. At the end of the internship, interns will reconvene for a day of reflection and celebration. These events are mandatory.
Note: Fall 2017 congressional internships may be offered depending on availability. The dates and duration of these internships will vary according to the congressional office and the student’s availability. For more information regarding fall and spring internships, please check our web site, or contact [email protected].
Housing and Accommodations
Housing and accommodations will be arranged by the interns. SALDEF provides information and guidance on summer housing for interns in DC. Financial assistance and need-based scholarships to cover housing may be available for eligible students.
Each intern receives a $1,500 stipend from SALDEF upon satisfactory completion of the program. Though the internships are unpaid, academic credit can be arranged. SALDEF also pays for your transportation costs to and from DC.