CLDP Enables American Muslims to Make a Difference in Washington



10-Week Fellowship Program


May 29 – Aug 2, 2024


Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

  2024 cohort applications ARE now closed

“CLDP is an incredibly important program. We definitely need a pipeline of Muslim American youth going into, not just office, but working on Capitol Hill, as staffers, staff assistants, and you CLDP is THE program to help you do that.” 

Our Summer Program Places You in a Coveted Capitol Hill Internship Position

The Congressional Leadership Development Program helps prepare students just like you to become future Mayors, City Councilors, Members of Congress, CEOs and non-profit Executive Directors.

Get 10 Weeks of Hands-On Experience Working on Capitol Hill

Through decades of advocacy and policy work in D.C. our program gives each fellow exclusive access and opportunities to learn and grow. The most valuable takeaways from our past fellows are: 

  • Learning what goes on behind closed doors – what the legislative process actually looks like.
  • Experiencing the inner workings of a congressional office and how the body as a whole operates.
  • Developing relationships that will continue to help you grow both personally and professionally.
  • Accessing opportunities to network with some of the best in D.C.

In addition to your in-office experience, CLDP offers programs during your 10-week journey that fill your evenings with opportunities to learn and network outside of the workday.

CLDP is Free to Apply

For chosen fellows, we provide both housing and a $3,000 stipend for cost of living expenses during the 10-week program. Fellows can expect to live in a metro accessible area of Washington D.C. Housing will be dorm-style with roommate pairings.

2021 CLDP fellows with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar between deliberations on a House vote.

Meet and Learn from Washington Insiders

No other Congressional program provides the level of leadership development opportunities for American Muslims. Decades of experience cultivating relationships in D.C. enables us to host events with experts in different fields of policy making throughout the 10-week program. You’ll learn about careers in a variety of industries and network with professionals to pursue job opportunities. These events allow you to experience the wide-range of career opportunities on Capitol Hill.
CLDP Networking events regularly host professionals from:
  • Academia
  • Advocacy institutions
  • Civil society
  • Congress
  • Corporations
  • Foundations
  • Government agencies
  • Law firms
  • News media
  • Nonprofits
  • Policy experts
  • Think tanks
  • Tech companies
  • Unions

Discover Dozens of Career Paths

CLDP provides experiences that allow you to introduce yourself to professionals from high impact career paths.
The career options are endless:
  • Attorney/Counsel
  • Campaign Manager
  • CEO
  • Chief of Staff
  • City Council Representative
  • Corporate Advisor
  • Diplomat
  • Government Official
  • Governor
  • Grassroots Organizer
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist
  • Member of Congress
  • Nonprofit Executive
  • Policy Expert
  • President
  • Professor
Bunyad Bhatti, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

“CLDP is like an incubator for different policy-related careers, you don’t have to run for office to gain something valuable.”

Amira Daugherty
CLDP Fellow, 2019 Cohort

Ongoing Mentorship

Our Summer Program isn’t a one and done experience. From start to finish, you’ll have access to our coaching staff to guide you as you learn more about yourself and the opportunities available to advance your career.

CLDP offers two types of advisors, Hill advisors and Alumni advisors. Alumni advisors have also gone through CLDP and can connect with and advise current fellows on how to succeed as an intern/fellow and how to take advantage of opportunities throughout the program.

Hill advisors serve as mentors that advise on issues that develop throughout your internship. They’ll advise on how to navigate the Hill and how to transition into paid staff positions or other career opportunities.

Rabia Osman, 2019 CLDP Fellow

Your Passions & Interests are Needed on Capitol Hill

You don’t have to be a political science major to have an impact on legislation and policy decisions. We work with our fellows to find career paths that match your interests to the needs in our government.

Rabia Osman, a graduate of Albany Law School with my Master of Science in Legal Studies in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law says:

As a Tech Fellow, I had the amazing opportunity to serve as the Congresswoman’s eyes and ears on tech. This summer I proposed legislation to Congresswoman Clarke to promote virtual reality as a tool for professional development. The Congresswoman loved the idea, and as a result I drafted H.R. 4103 which was introduced in the House in July.

“This kind of opportunity doesn’t come to a lot of people who come from minority communities…

CLDP makes these kinds of opportunities accessible for everyone.”

— Preston Nouri, 2021 CLDP Fellow

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