Meet the 2013 Hindu American Congressional Interns

Six outstanding Hindu American undergraduates from across the nation formed the third cohort of HAF's Congressional Summer interns.  These interns spent eight weeks between June - August 2013 in Washington, D.C. working at various Congressional offices as well as the HAF office.  They are proud members of HAF and continue to represent HAF and the internship program at their respective colleges and univerisities.  Find out more about these young Hindu Americans. 

Tejas Dave - Office of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

Tejas is a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Economics. He interned at the office of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is the first Hindu member of Congress. On campus, Tejas plays active roles in UC Berkeley’s chapters of Engineers Without Borders and Hindu Students Council.

Lakshmi Davey - Office of Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA)

Lakshmi is a junior at Princeton University, where she is studying public policy in the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs. Lakshmi worked for the office of Congressman Ami Bera, the only Indian-American in Congress. Lakshmi is an avid Indian classical and modern dancer, and loves to write, tutor, and travel.

Arshia Mahajan - Office of Rep. McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

Arshia is a senior at the University of Virginia where she is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Leadership and Public Policy. She interned at Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ office where the focus was primarily on immigration, agriculture, and healthcare. In addition to being the President of the Hindu Students’ Council at UVA, Arshia is passionate about Indian music and aspires to become a Bollywood playback singer.

Mosum Shah - Office of Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA)

Mosum is a sophomore at the University of Chicago where she is pursuing her B.A. in Public Policy and Economics, with a specialization on the environment and energy policies. While working in Representative Honda's office, Mosum concentrated her work on housing finance reform, corporate tax code, and the global economy. She additionally assisted with coding a new website for the Congressman. When she is not at work, Mosum enjoys running and is currently training for her first half marathon.

Arpan Somani - Office of Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

Arpan is a Junior at New York University, studying Psychology, Philosophy, and Linguistics in NYU's Language and Mind program. He is minoring in Business of Entertainment, Media and Technology with a focus on the music industry as well. As an intern in the office of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, he had the opportunity to research for the Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. In his spare time, Arpan can be found listening to hip-hop music, along with playing the saxophone and drums.

Rupa Subramaniam - HAF Policy Intern

Rupa is a junior at UC Berkeley, majoring in business administration and minoring in English. She was HAF's policy intern, supporting the organization's various advocacy efforts by meeting with staffers on the Hill and researching legislation that has benefited the Hindu American community. Outside of class, Rupa spends her time lounging in cafés, catching up on The West Wing, and serving as assistant night editor for The Daily Californian. She hopes to pursue a career in international law or foreign service.