HAF Welcomes the 2019 Internship Class

Endowed by Professor Dinesh O. Shah

This year's cohort of outstanding undergraduates will spend eight exciting weeks in our nation's capital, thanks to the generosity of Professor Dinesh O. Shah. His $50,000 donation will provide these young leaders with unparalleled experience in Hindu American and public policy advocacy. Take a moment to learn more about our interns.

Shoumik Dabir

Shoumik Dabir is a rising junior at the University of Texas at Austin, studying Plan II Honors (Liberal Arts) and Finances. He is involved with Student Government, political forums, political campaigns, and Hindu organizations on and off campus.


Dev Desai

Dev Desai is a rising senior at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI majoring in political science. Besides being a self-described political science and legal nerd Dev’s passions and hobbies include calisthenics, running, horology, and classical men’s clothing.


Naman Gupta

Naman Gupta is a graduating senior at Emory University, studying Finance and Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Originally from Atlanta, he will be working full-time in the city as a management consultant. In his free time, he enjoys reading books, especially literature and philosophy.


Komal Kamdar

Komal Kamdar is a rising junior at the University of Virginia, double majoring in Leadership & Public Policy and Spanish. She is currently interning on the Gender Violence & Social Change team at the UVA Women's Center, and is greatly involved with Indian Students Association and Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity. As an aspiring lawyer, she is passionate about women empowerment and a variety of civil rights.


Kali Luthra

Kali Luthra is a rising junior at American University in Washington D.C., majoring in International Relations with a minor in Economics and concentrations in the Global Economy and US Foreign Policy. She currently serves as the Senator for the School of International Service at American University, bridging the gap between its students and the International Relations program. She has been active in the Washington D.C. community, interning for The US Department of Commerce, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Nidhi Patel

Nidhi Patel is a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan, majoring in biomedical engineering with the intention of attending medical school after undergrad. Nidhi serves as a Youth Group Leaders for the BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in Canton, MI. In her free time, Nidhi like to go to the gym, dance, and listen to music.


Akesh Shah

Akesh Shah is a rising sophomore at Boston University studying political science. Akesh currently serves as a Senator in BU’s College of Arts and Sciences Student Government. In his spare time, Akesh plays soccer and basketball and enjoys writing.



What inspired Professor Dinesh O Shah to support these young minds and our next generation of leaders?
Professor Shah attended HAF’s 2018 Advocacy Forum in Washington DC and saw the impact that the interns were having in advancing Hindu American advocacy. The young leaders were able to articulate complex issues to government officials, and Professor Shah realized that this was a unique experience that needs strong support. He immediately committed $50,000 exclusively for the internship program and wants to inspire other donors to give for future years.