CLDP Opens Doors to Big Opportunities
What are the program dates?
Once accepted into the program, fellows will work with MPAC staff to apply for and secure internships/fellowships on Capitol Hill throughout February and March. The program itself lasts 10 weeks, beginning May 25 – July 30.
Fellows move in on May 25, and Orientation takes place from May 26 – May 29. From June 1 – July 30, fellows will work full-time in their Congressional internship/fellowship.
Do I need to find my own internship?
Yes, if you want to! All fellows work closely with MPAC staff to prepare application materials and facilitate application submissions.
What benefits does the program offer?
- Free housing
- Placement in Congressional office
- Application material consultations
- Pre-program guides and preparation
- Comprehensive orientation summit
- Policy and professional development curriculum
- Invitations to events around the city
- Mentorship program with Hill staff and alumni
- Access to our alumni networking platform
- Post-program job/internship placement support
Map Out Your Strategy
Refine Your Applications
Application Submission & Placement
Living in DC + introductions
The day after move-in day, orientation officially begins. During orientation, fellows will speak with advisors and MPAC staff about strategies for networking and how to behave and succeed in internships. MPAC organizes team building activities and tours of Washington, DC as part of the orientation.
4-Day Orientation Summit
9-Week Internship Begins
After the summit, all CLDP fellows participate in a 9-week internship/fellowship program with a Congressional office that can include Members of Congress in the House or Senate, Committees, and Caucuses. Throughout these 9 weeks, CLDP fellows will participate in a substantive curriculum advancing their knowledge of various policy issues.
- Networking: MPAC shares various opportunities around the city for networking, social events, and policy briefings. We encourage fellows to network while they are in DC. We help facilitate introductions and provide business cards.
- Guidance: MPAC maintains communication with each congressional office a fellow is placed in to receive feedback on the fellow’s performance and provide guidance on opportunities for improvement.
- Communication: MPAC stays in contact with fellows through WhatsApp, email, phone, and in-person to guide fellows throughout their experience and answer any questions they have.
- Career planning: MPAC helps fellows in considering future career plans after completing the program by providing support with post-program job and internship placements. We do this by reviewing applications, identifying opportunities, developing and mapping career plans, making connections, recommendations, and flagging applications.
“…it is a different and unique place that forces you to learn things extremely quickly; a Hill internship describes what government really is – much better than AP Government class.”
- Muslim or an active member of the Muslim community
- Undergraduate student (incoming junior-senior), graduate student (including PhD, JD), or a recent graduate (within the last year) of an accredited university in the US
- Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average
- A US Citizen, Permanent Resident, or DACA recipient
What makes a competitive application?
At its heart, the CLDP program strives to both prepare and empower the next generation of Muslim leaders. With that in mind, it’s essential that the application committee understands what steps you have taken in the past and continue to take moving forward to becoming a proactive leader.
Successful applications showcase three things in particular:
- The applicant’s experience in policy, government, and community
- A clear goal of future public service ambitions
- How the applicant’s Muslim identity is a catalyst in why they hope to serve in places like Washington D.C.
How many applicants are accepted?
What are the important deadlines and dates?
- Applications are due December 1 at 11:59pm EST
- Interview requests will be sent in late December – early January
- Interviews will take place in January
- Decisions are sent by the end of January and those offered a spot are given one week to accept
“CLDP is like an incubator for different policy-related careers, you don’t have to run for office to gain something valuable.”