The Hindu American Congressional & Advocacy Internship, Summer 2016

Are you interested in public policy? Are you passionate about being an advocate for the Hindu American community? If so, look no further than HAF's 2016 summer internship!

Congressional Intern Track | Advocacy Intern TrackStipend & Housing | Minimum Requirements | Application

The Hindu American Congressional & Advocacy Internship is a unique opportunity for select undergraduate and graduate students to spend an exciting summer in our nation’s capital working for either Congressional offices or the HAF office.

This year, HAF is offering two tracks for the internship: Congressional Intern Track and Advocacy Intern Track. The Congressional track has four (4) intern spots and the Advocacy track has two (2) intern spots, for a total of six (6) interns. All interns will spend approximately eight weeks between June and August 2016 in Washington, D.C. The four Congressional Interns will be placed in Congressional offices while the two Advocacy Interns will work alongside staff in the HAF office. All interns will be invited to events organized by HAF, such as DC Advocacy Days, Friday lunches, and sponsored briefings.

HAF Congressional Intern Track

This track is geared towards applicants who are primarily interested in representing the Hindu American community by working in a Congressional office. Selected applicants will work with HAF to secure an internship spot in a Congressional office and will intern full-time in the Congressional office for the eight weeks. Interns will work on projects based on the needs of the Congressional office. Congressional Interns will join HAF for various events to ensure they also receive a solid understanding of Hindu American advocacy.

Internships in Congressional offices are highly coveted, and the process to obtain an internship is rigorously competitive. HAF’s ability to offer intern positions in Congressional offices is due solely to the relationships the foundation has built with Congress over the past decade. HAF is a non-partisan organization that works with both sides of the aisle, and thus, is unable to honor office placement requests on a partisan basis. Though not always the case, interns are often placed in offices that represent their home state.

This track is open to all majors although government, public policy, and international/foreign relations majors are highly encouraged to apply. Rising juniors and seniors will be given preference.

HAF Advocacy Intern Track

This track is geared towards applicants who are interested immersion in the full scope of Hindu American advocacy. Interns will spend their summer working alongside HAF staff members on any number of ongoing initiatives from public policy to fundraising and development to marketing to accounting to human rights. Past interns have participated in meetings with Congressional offices, attended relevant Congressional hearings and briefings, researched human rights violations, developed creative material for policy meetings, and created membership surveys. The world of advocacy is fast-paced and ever-changing. Interns must be flexible and willing to tackle issues and projects as they arise.

This track is open to all majors although religion, accounting, and marketing majors and graduate students in South Asian Studies are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants experienced with graphic design and proficiency in Photoshop and InDesign are also encouraged to apply.

Stipend & Housing

One of the largest benefits of this internship is that HAF provides all interns with housing as well as living and travel stipends. Housing arrangements are made through Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH). 

Minimum Requirements to Apply

  • US Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident
  • At least 18 years old
  • Enrolled in good standing at an accredited university or college
  • Minimum GPA: 3.2

Basic Qualifications

  • Solid knowledge base of Hinduism and its practice
  • Strong interest in Hindu American advocacy
  • Outstanding networking skills
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to multi-task
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal


Click here to download the 2016 application and learn more about the application process and its timeline. Applications must be typed and emailed to by Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Transcripts and Letters of Recommendations that are mailed to HAF's office must be postmarked by Tuesday, January 12, 2016.

Important Note for Congressional Intern Track Applicants: Congressional offices tend to finalize their summer interns earlier in the year than many private sector firms. Due to the Congressional timeline, HAF requires selected candidates to accept or reject the offer by mid-February. Please note that that deadline is non-negotiable and will not be extended.