Category: CLDP

Arwa Dubad – 2018 CLDP Intern

Major: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, with a minor in Human Rights and Religious Studies
Degree: BA
School: University of Washington, Tacoma
Internship Position: Senator Patty Murray-U.S. Senate, Washington, Democratic Party


Arwa Dubad serves as the student body president at her campus, she oversees a team of directors, senators, and hired staff at the Associated Students of University of Washington Tacoma (ASUWT). She is graduating June 2018 and is looking forward to interning at the Capitol this summer. Arwa plans to attend Law School after taking a gap year to study and prepare for the LSAT.

Azhar Gulaid – 2018 CLDP Intern

Major: Government, with a Minor in Economics
Degree: BA
School: Smith College
Internship Position: Senator Charles  Schumer-U.S. Senate, New York, Democratic Party



Azhar Gulaid is a senior at Smith College where she is studying government with a minor in economics. She is particularly interested in international relations and public policy, and believes that social justice can be incorporated into all areas of work and study. She has previously interned for the New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a civil rights organization where she worked on communications and outreach.

Azhar is interested in pursuing a career in law and international relations. She is looking forward to interning this summer in a Congress member’s office and experiencing public policy work firsthand through the Congressional Leadership Development Program (CLDP).

Sabri Siraj – 2018 CLDP Intern

Major: Law
Degree: JD
School: Harvard Law School
Internship Position: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)




Sabri Siraj will be a first-year law student this fall at Harvard Law School. Prior to starting law school, Sabri graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Political Science. During his time in undergrad, Sabri spent some time tutoring local refugee students in different school subjects, and he worked as a communications intern for the nonprofit organization People for the American Way in Washington, D.C. During his time off between undergrad and law school, Sabri spent his time involved in a variety of areas. He spent time volunteering as a Peer Mentor for The Obama Foundation, in addition to working as a SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity) Law Fellow at the law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Furthermore, Sabri worked as a Junior Research Fellow with a professor from Arizona State University, conducting research on the effectiveness of simulation courses in the university setting. Sabri is passionate about human and civil rights issues both domestically and abroad, and looks to pursue a career dedicated to bringing change and being a voice for those less fortunate. In his spare time, Sabri enjoys playing basketball, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Zoya Sattar – 2018 CLDP Intern

Major: International Studies, with a focus on Conflict Resolution
Degree: BA
School: John Hopkins University University
Internship Position: Senator Charles  Schumer-U.S. Senate, New York, Democratic Party



Zoya Sattar is a rising junior at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, majoring in International Studies with a focus in Conflict Resolution. She is also a BA/MA Candidate at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in DC.

A recent internship at the Pakistani-American Political Action Committee and a previous internship at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Oklahoma Chapter) awakened her drive to work in DC in order to have the greatest impact on policy affecting Muslims and other minority groups. A youth leader in her hometown in Oklahoma, Zoya helped set up the Oklahoma Muslim Gamechangers (OMG) Program, with the hope of teaching Muslim high schoolers how to become more vocal and civically engaged. Captain of her high school varsity swim and debate teams, Zoya has always striven to amplify the voice of Muslims in diverse settings. A current board member of the JHU Muslim Student Association, she has worked to foster relations with various interfaith and student groups on campus in order to dispel stereotypes about Muslims.

She aspires to become a diplomat and work to resolve the increasing global tensions in this rapidly changing world- to have the opportunity to work on creating policies focused on long-term stability and worldwide peace.

Wafa Jawad – 2018 CLDP Intern

Major: Government, with a minor in Middle East Studies
Degree: BA
School: Smith College
Internship Position:  Senator Elizabeth Warren-U.S. Senate, Massachusetts, Democratic Party



Wafa Jawad is a junior at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is majoring in Government, minoring in Middle East Studies, and working towards a Certificate in International Relations. Wafa is the transfer senator with the Smith College Student Government Association, publicity chair for Al-Iman – her college’s Muslim Student Association – and is active in her house community. She is also a volunteer with Amnesty International, serving as a Student Activist Coordinator who advises student groups in the Western Massachusetts region. She was also the president of her past college’s Amnesty International group, where she worked with her local elected officials to organize a town hall discussion about President Trump’s “Muslim Ban”. Wafa is passionate about research, as exhibited by her past role as a research assistant intern at the Library of Congress. She is interested in exploring the intersection between colonialism, low economic development, and the manipulation of sectarianism in the Middle East. In the future, Wafa hopes to expand on her research and pursue a future in foreign policy and international relations, perhaps even running for public office.


Zohair Alam – 2018 CLDP Intern

Major: Marketing
Degree: BBA
School: University of Houston
Internship Position: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)




Zohair Alam is a senior majoring in Marketing at the University of Houston. He is currently interning at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. This internship has been able to rejuvenate his passion for criminal justice and help the victims in the community. He has also been an active volunteer in his community, assisting in a number of non-profit organizations from helping immigrants with legal issues, to connecting children with books. Zohair has received the Dean’s Award at the University of Houston for the past two consecutive semesters and hopes to pursue a J.D. after graduation.


Kevin Dupont – 2018 CLDP Intern

Major: Law & Diplomacy
Degree: MA
School: Tufts University




Kevin Dupont is a first-year Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy student at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, where studying International Security Studies and Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization. After his studies, he hopes to enter the public service; either via a placement in the United States Department of State or working with the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, analyzing Middle East Affairs.

In the Summer of 2015, Kevin formulated a global research project, analyzing the role of social media and political activism; from China, to Israel and Tunisia, plus many locations in between. He has worked with the United States Department of State on three separate occasions, in the embassies at Baku, Azerbaijan; Tijuana, Mexico and Islamabad, Pakistan. Before arriving at the Fletcher School, he was teaching at an American international school in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, while managing the partnerships division of a youth-focused NGO called Global Young Voices (GYV).

While at the Fletcher School, Kevin serves as a Strategic Communications Consultant for the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies and as a Market Research Consultant for a Thai-agricultural tech firm, Ricult. Kevin is also working with the United States Army on a research project highlighting the effectiveness of Provincial Reconstruction Teams around the globe. He holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Brandeis University in International & Global Studies, as well as Anthropology.

Nabil Shaikh – 2017 CLDP Intern

Nabil ShaikhMajor: Politics
Degree: BA
School: Princeton University
Interned Under: Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27)



Nabil Shaikh of Reading, Pennsylvania, is a graduating senior at Princeton University, majoring in politics and a pursuing certificates (minors) in global health policy and in values and public life. He was recently named a recipient of a graduate fellowship through the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative, which will allow Shaikh to pursue an MPA degree at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and to work as a fellow in the federal government for two years. Shaikh, who cares deeply about global access to health care and health disparities, has spent his time at Princeton broadening his understanding of how various actors and policies shape health and wellness in society. During summer 2016, Shaikh spent two months as a Princeton Global Health Scholar in Hyderabad, India, where he performed thesis research surveying more than 100 terminally ill cancer patients on their experiences with accessing end-of-life care. He then spent time in Trenton, New Jersey, as a policy research intern at the New Jersey Department of Health, focusing on minority and multicultural health. Shaikh served as the president of the Princeton Muslim Students’ Assocation and co-convener of the Religious Life Council, and he continues to lead initiatives within the Office of Religious Life and the Muslim Life Program. He has served as treasurer for both Muslim Advocates for Social Justice and the Pace Council for Civic Values, and as a freshman trip leader for Community Action. Shaikh is always one to pursue meaningful projects, whether it be preparing incarcerated individuals in Trenton for their GREs, counseling Muslim youth on spirituality and boyhood at the annual Mizaan Retreat camp, or leading the interfaith service initiative Project Downtown to make bagged lunches for the homeless.

Mustafa Alemi – 2017 CLDP Intern

Major: Political Science
Degree: BA
School: San Diego State University
Interned Under: Congressman Ruben Kihuen (NV-4)


Mustafa is a completing a law fellowship at UCLA Law and will be applying to law school in the fall.

Bio: Mustafa Alemi is a third year student studying Political Science at San Diego State University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Associated Students and as the President of Students for Justice in Palestine. Alemi is also the founder of CommUNITY, a student-led organization that works to equip underrepresented communities with the tools necessary to run for A.S. positions. He previously co-directed the SDSU Divest campaign that called on San Diego State to divest from corporations complicit in the Israeli occupation; 53% of students went on to vote in favor in a referendum.  Alemi was also recently awarded the Quest for the Best Award, the highest honor a student can receive at SDSU. When he isn’t busy writing papers or organizing against social injustices, Mustafa enjoys graphic design, using Native Immigrant, a sustainable streetwear clothing line he co-founded, as his creative outlet. He intends on pursuing a J.D./M.P.P joint-degree after graduation.

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