Ishvinder Kaur - Faith in Public Life

“I learned how to advocate for the Sikh community and bring it back to Minneapolis.”

Mehr Suri - National Institute of Civil Discourse

“This experience has given me a great opportunity to use my religious background as a means of ascertaining some sort of political engagement.”

Washington DC Program Details

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Internship Placements
SikhLEAD offers internships with Members of Congress, state elected officials, federal agencies, and Washington, DC-based organizations, including SALDEF.

Host offices and agencies each have their own specific internship requirements and may vary slightly in timelines. SALDEF will work with successful applicants to work out the details of their individual 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.

Intern Responsibilities
LesTalusan_SALDEF_InternshipClass2014Internship responsibilities will vary depending on the 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 responsibilities at federal agencies and with nonprofit organizations are specific to the work that those organizations do. 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.

2014-interns-in-front-of-capitolDates 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, a federal agency, and other host organization internship schedule varies, these dates are subject to change. SALDEF will work with accepted SikhLEAD interns 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 2020 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 website, or contact [email protected]

Housing and Accommodations
Interns are responsible for arranging their housing accommodations. SALDEF will provide information and guidance for finding summer housing for interns in DC.

Stipend/Course Credit
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.