The Hindu American Congressional & Advocacy Internship, Summer 2018

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 2018 summer internship!

The Hindu American Congressional & Advocacy Internship is a unique opportunity for select undergraduate and graduate students to spend eight exciting weeks this summer working in our nation’s capital. HAF offers two tracks for the internship: Congressional Intern Track and Advocacy Intern Track.  All interns will be invited to events organized by HAF, such as DC Advocacy Days, Friday lunches, and sponsored briefings.  Click below to learn more.

  • Congressional 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.
  • Advocacy 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). 

Application Process Overview

  Congressional Track Advocacy Track
Application Deadline January 15 January 15
Round 1 Interview Notification By January 19 By February 2
Round 2 Interview Notification By January 26 By February 13
Decision Notification February 2 February 16;
Applicant Accept Deadline February 16 February 28



This application has multiple components, all of which are listed below. Components 1-3 are part of on the online application, which can be completed by clicking the links below. Components 4 and 5 must be emailed to

  1. Essays - Used to evaluate your understanding of HAF’s work and your interest in interning through a Hindu American program.
    1. Both Tracks (500 words or less) - Seva (Service) is a key component of Hindu practice as well as the Hindu American Foundation. Explain your commitment to seva. Include an instance when you demonstrated your leadership in a community or civic activity, what you learned, and how you believe this internship will further advance your leadership and personal goals in this area.
    2. Advocacy Track Only (300 words or less) - HAF advocates on a number of fronts. Some examples include: highlighting Hindu human rights worldwide, launching its Take Back Yoga campaign, improving how public schools teach about Hinduism, and upholding the separation of church and state. In recent years, we have seen the rising interest of young people to be active participants in their communities. From local politics to assisting with disaster relief, 18 to 25 year olds are looking for ways to connect and become a part of a movement or cause something bigger than themselves. While at HAF, what would you do to harness the energy of your peers to advocate for issues that matter to them and the Hindu American community?
    3. Congressional Track Only (300 words or less) - HAF is a non-partisan organization and aims to work with policymakers on both sides of the aisle, and HAF's membership includes Republicans, Democrat, and Independents. One of the pillars of HAF’s work is public policy advocacy. Why is it important for Hindu Americans to actively advocate on Capitol Hill? Why do you want to intern on Capitol Hill?
  2. Statement of Interest (200 words or less) - Why are you interested in interning with HAF?
  3. Resume - Your resume must include your GPA, prior work experience, as well as any extracurricular activities, on- and/or off-campus.
  4. Official Transcript from your Registrar's Office - Email to or sealed and mail to Hindu American Foundation - Internship, 910 17th St. NW, Suite 316A, Washington, DC 20006.
  5. Letter of Recommendation - Submit one letter of recommendation written by an individual who is in a position to comment on your leadership skills. This individual may NOT be a family member. Please provide the recommender with this template. Recommender must email letter to with subject line Recommendation.

Click to apply online for the Advocacy track or Congressional track.