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Apply now for the WLP’s 2017 Summer Leadership Program!

The 2016 election was a transformative one for American society. Whether you're upset about the outcome or excited about the prospect, we offer you a way to get involved and work toward the future you want to see for this country.

The WLP offers a comprehensive leadership curricula designed to get you involved to learn how to work within the system to bring about change. We now have five South Asians elected to Congress and a number of South Asians in the government; we will offer you a chance to learn from them to benefit our community and your future.

The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications from high-potential South Asian college students for the 2017 summer leadership program scheduled to take place from June 10, 2017 to August 4, 2017.

The WLP cultivates the South Asian American community's next generation of leaders by placing them in Congressional offices or Government Agencies 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 capitol. Applications are available online at

The deadline for submitting applications is January 19, 2017.

Please follow @TheWLP and for additional information that will provide insight for the application process.

All students who are either U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents are encouraged to apply. Selection to the WLP is highly competitive and not limited to students pursuing majors in social sciences. 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 two to three short writing assignments during the internship.

The WLP has over 180 alumni who have interned for notable elected officials including Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA). Alumni from the program have gone on to win Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright and Mitchell 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


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