Q.) How long is the internship? What are the starting and ending dates for the internship program?


The internship lasts for 8 weeks from June 13, 2020 – August 7, 2020.


Q.) How much is the compensation?


A stipend of $2,000 is provided upon completing the internship. 


Q.) Can high school/undergraduate/graduate students apply?

To be eligible for WLP, the applicant must be an undergraduate student and have completed at least their first year of college prior to the start of the internship. Undergraduate students who will graduate in Spring 2020 are eligible to apply.


We do not accept high school or graduate students. 


Q.) Can a foreign student with an (F-1) visa apply?


No, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply.


Q.) Do I have to be a political science/social science major?


The internship is not limited to students pursuing majors in social sciences. The backgrounds of past participants have ranged from medical school to art and social work.


Q.) Do you provide housing or help finding housing?


We do not provide housing, but can we can advise you on where summer interns tend to live.


Q.) What are the hours required?


A typical day will last from about 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday-Friday. Additionally, there will be weekday evening programs on average twice a week over the course of the internship.


Q.) Can I receive academic credit for my internship?


We will do our best to work with your university to ensure you may receive academic credit for the internship as long as their requirements do not interfere with our program requirements.


Q.) When is the deadline to apply?


January 15, 2020. 

Q.) When will the acceptances be notified?

February 2020.


Q.) Where do interns get placed?


Interns are placed in Congressional offices or federal government agencies. 


Q.) Do I have to find a Congressional or government office to be placed with?


No. We will place interns with Congressional offices and government agencies. 


Q.) Is there a GPA requirement?


No. While academic excellence is sought in program applicants, we look for a well-rounded student who demonstrates ambition, academic ability, leadership ability, maturity, and involvement in campus and community activities. Weakness in GPA can often be compensated for with a strong resume, a good recommendation, and a well-written essay.


Q.) What kind of resume should I submit?


Applicants should submit a one-page typed resume that is clean, accurate, and well laid-out. Resumes should summarize your academic experience, leadership experience, your work experience, and your honors, awards, and activities. Keep in mind that this resume is used to help secure you an internship, so we may send it to potential host internship offices. Please make sure that your resume includes your contact and school information.

Q.) What will I do as an intern?

The internship will include a weekend orientation, followed by an eight-week Congressional or federal government office internship, and a leadership curriculum. The orientation will serve as an introduction to Capitol Hill, the Administration, and Washington, D.C. Throughout the summer, interns will meet with prominent South Asian Americans in government, community activists, and leaders as well as participate in group discussions, team building activities, and tours.

Intern responsibilities in the office will vary according to the office in which you are placed. Interns should keep in mind that their work will not entail “Congress-shaking” activities. The aim of this program is first-hand, on-site observation of the day-to-day workings of Capitol Hill and the Administration. Interns will come away with genuine insight into the processes that shape national policy. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Legislative correspondence (answering constituent mail, data entry, stuffing envelopes, etc.)

  • Legislative and issue research projects as determined by intern coordinator

  • General office support (answering phones, photocopying, data entry, etc.)

  • Attending Congressional hearings, or House or Senate floor debate, for research

  • Staffing events

Q.) Where can I learn more about what the WLP experience is like?

You can read personal accounts from the previous scholars themselves about their summer experience on the blog

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