Want to get an inside look on how Congress works? Apply to the ISF Congressional Policy Internship. Interns will spend a semester (Spring, Summer, or Fall) on Capitol Hill working for a member of Congress where they will observe the legislative process at the federal level, develop research skills related to public policy, and assist full-time staff with their duties. Participants for this program leave inspired to run for office, take jobs on the Hill, or to start their own meaningful initiatives.
The ISF Congressional Policy Internship is a highly selective, nonpartisan program devoted to promoting and encouraging diversity and inclusion on Capitol Hill. Whether interning in Summer, Fall, or Spring, interns will gain real-world experience working on legislative and public policy issues.
The ISF Congressional Internship Program aims to expose American Muslim students to the privileges and responsibilities of working in the halls of Capitol Hill, and hopefully inspire a new generation of American Muslim policymakers.
An important aspect of the program is the many networking opportunities that interns have with representatives of congressional offices, government agencies, interest groups, think-tanks and nonprofits in DC. Through our educational workshops led by high-profile consultants, activist, nonprofit leaders, attorneys and public figures, we train our interns to engage and create meaningful discussions.
- Active member of the Muslim community;
- Enrolled at an accredited university in the U.S. or graduated within the last year;
- Majoring in an ISF supported major;
- Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average;
- A U.S. citizen, permanent resident of the United States or a DACA recipient.;
- An undergraduate (incoming junior-senior) or of graduate standing (excluding Ph.D.)
- Applicants should have proven commitment to policy-making and public service.
- $1200 Monthly Stipend
- $800 Monthly Housing Stipend (if in person)
- Placement in a Congressional office
- Program orientation
- Professional leadership and policy enrichment workshops throughout the program
- Networking opportunities
- Mentorship opportunities
- Job or internship placement support after the program
ISF will start accepting online applications in the beginning of August.
The deadline to apply for an ISF congressional internship is typically in late September.
After applying, selected candidates will be given a conditional acceptance by ISF, and ISF will use its Congressional connections to place candidates in Congressional offices.
Candidates will interview with offices. Once an office extends an offer, a final acceptance will be given to the candidate by ISF.
January - Internship Begins
Exact internship dates will be negotiated between the candidate and the office but must start by early January and end no sooner than the end of April. Spring 2022 Interns may be working in either a hybrid or remote environment. Interns will work full-time hours with Congressional offices (as set by the office) and are not permitted to have any other internships or employment. Interns will be provided with a stipend. Half will be awarded at orientation, and the other half will be given an exit interview, provided interns have attended all sessions.
Sessions & Workshops
Interns are required to attend ISF-hosted sessions and workshops throughout their time in D.C.
April - Exit Interview
Interns will end the program with an exit interview. Upon completion, participants can join the ISF alumni network and continue to receive mentorship and support.