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Washington Leadership Program Accepting Applications for 2009 Summer Program

The nearly 170 alumni of the late Gopal Raju’s youth leadership program today announced that they will commemorate the publisher-philanthropist by relaunching the beloved summer internship program on Capitol Hill. Operating as a newly-founded nonprofit organization, the Washington Leadership Program (WLP) is accepting applications from high-performing students from South Asian backgrounds for the 2009 summer internship program. 

Similar to the original program, The WLP internship program will seek to cultivate the community’s next generation of leaders by placing them in Congressional offices for eight-week summer internships.  Through the placements, students will gain a firsthand view of the process behind creating tangible change in America.  Over the course of the internship, students will also undergo a structured leadership training curriculum that puts their experiences on the Hill in the appropriate context.  At the conclusion of their summer internships, students will participate in a Leadership Project aimed to provide an outlet for students to apply their newly-acquired leadership and organizational skills.  Finally, upon successful completion of the program, students are inducted into a Leadership Community of over 170 increasingly successful and well-connected alumni.

The new program will continue to place students in the offices of Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle. Alumni from the original program interned for notable elected officials  including Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN), and Rep. Bobby Jindal (R-LA). The original program built  a strong reputation on both the Hill and in the community and continues to receive favorable reviews from former participants.  Former House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt (D-MO) called the WLP “the best program of its kind on the Hill.”  This is a reflection of both the caliber of students accepted to the program as well as the overall experience provided to the participants. The new program will continue this tradition of selecting only high-quality candidates.

The WLP internship will run from June 15, 2009 – August 7, 2009. All students who are either US citizens or legal permanent residents are encouraged to apply. Selection to the WLP is highly competitive and not limited to students pursuing majors in social sciences. The backgrounds of past participants have ranged from medical school to art and social work. Interns will receive a total stipend of $1,500 and will be required to complete 2-3 short writing assignments during the internship. Applications are available on the WLP website at www.thewlp.com. The deadline to apply for the WLP is February 13, 2009.

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