The Washington Leadership Program
Rating: 4.91 stars 11 reviews
Location: Washington DC USA
Results: Since 1995, the WLP has given more than 170 South Asian American students the opportunity to intern in Washington, DC. Former Congressional leader Richard Gephardt has called it “one of the best programs of its kind on the Hill.”
Programs: The WLP is a national non-profit organization that is developing the next generation of American leadership from the South Asian community. Our program takes promising college students and places them in a Congressional office for an eight-week summer internship accompanied by a structured leadership curriculum. Students then complete a leadership project applying their learning from the summer and are inducted into a leadership community currently made up of 170 alumni from the 15 years of the program. In addition to the internship, participants attend special meetings and events to fully expose them to the South Asian American political Diaspora. Past programs and events have included meetings with South Asian American elected officials, Ambassadors and South Asians who are working in Congress, the federal government and local and state agencies.
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The Washington Leadership Program is amazing - the summer experience I had in Washington, DC was unforgettable. Taking advantage of the unique opportunities, policy discussions, speaking events, and close discussions with policymakers was very helpful for the rest of my college years and in guiding potential career paths. I would certainly recommend the WLP experience to all those interested in politics and public service - the memories and life experiences you take away will inspire you for a long time.
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