The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications from high-potential South Asian American college students for the 2020 summer leadership program scheduled to take place from June 13, 2020 to August 7, 2020.

WLP cultivates the South Asian American community’s next generation of leaders by placing them in congressional offices or federal agencies in Washington, D.C. for eight-week summer internships and a structured leadership-training curriculum. The students gain a firsthand view of the policy-making and legislative process, as well as gain access to high-profile South-Asian leaders in the nation’s capital. Applications are available online at

The deadline for submitting applications is January 15, 2020.

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Though selection to the WLP is highly competitive, all South Asian American students who are either US citizens or legal permanent residents are encouraged to apply, regardless of academic focus or professional goals. The backgrounds of past participants have ranged from medical school to art and business.

Interns will receive a total stipend of $2,000 and will be required to complete 2-3 short writing assignments during the internship.

The WLP has over 200 alumni who have interned for notable elected officials including Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). Alumni have gone on to win Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Truman Scholarships, as well as acceptances into top-flight medical, law, public policy, and other post-graduate programs. Several alums are currently senior advisors to government officials, and one is an elected State Representative in Ohio.

For more information about the program, visit the WLP’s website at Apply now!