White House Internship

The White House Internship Program offers an excellent opportunity to serve our President and explore public service. We are seeking exceptional candidates to apply for this highly competitive program. In addition to typical office duties, interns attend weekly lectures, tours, and complete an intern service project.

Interns may serve a term in the Fall, Spring or Summer. Every candidate must be a United States citizen, enrolled in a college or university, and at least 18 years of age.

An application and additional information about the program can be found at www.whitehouse.gov/government/wh-intern.html.

Strong applications exhibit:

  • Sound academic credentials
  • A history of community involvement and leadership
  • Solid verbal/written communication skills
  • A demonstrated interest in public service

IAFPE Internship Program

IAFPE was founded in 1982, dedicated to raise the political awareness and community engagement of the Indian American community. It's a non partisan, non profit organization. In 1994, IAFPE launched the nation's first formal internship program for Indian American college students. Over 150 students have participated in this program. Many of IAFPE's past interns have held and currently hold significant positions in various states as well as in Washington, DC. The Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) celebrated its 25th anniversary celebration at the Capitol Hill on October 18, 2007. Additional information about the program can be found at www.iafpe.org.

IAFPE Internship Program

ICA (Indians for Collective Action, www.icaonline.org) is pleased to announce unique ICA Youth Program with a partnership with InSPIRE ( www.SummerInIndia.org) starting summer 2008. ICA sponsored youth program is unique youth engagement program that brings youth age 18 to 24 and those who are interested in learning more about India's different grass-roots development programs. The end goal of this Youth program is to eventually discover their roots and learn more about development in the context of India. ICA initially plans to focus in the areas such as eGovernments, health, school and community development, child development and woman empowerment. These programs will typically be 5-7 weeks based on capacity & arrangement with host organization. Our first program will be in conjunction with InSPIRE based on their predetermined application process to allow any youth (not just south Asian origin) as long as they meet InSPIRE's self-development goals.

ICA Youth Program

InSPIRE, India Summer Program Inspiring Reflective Exploration, is a 5-week summer program in India for youth. InSPIRE's mission is to inspire young South Asian-Americans to connect to their culture and realize their potential for making a difference in this world. Youth volunteers will be working with different NGO's (non-governmental organizations) all over North India. Last year, the InSPIRE group built a home for a family in the slums in Ahmedabad, built a compost toilet for an organization in the Himalayas, and created a PowerPoint presentation for the issues facing villagers in Mehdiganj. What makes InSPIRE unique is that it focuses on the self-development of EACH participant and will help me develop qualities such as personal responsibility, compassion, global consciousness, initiative-taking and leadership.

In order to join our first program, ICA youth must be willing to meet a group on a first day in India. In addition, youth would be responsible to collect full or partial financial assistance in order to participate in InSPIRE. The total cost of the program is $1400, and it would be fully tax deductible for the potential donors on behalf of the sponsored volunteer. The costs covers all expenses associated with food, lodging, activities and travel within India, but does not include airfare to India and any personal expenses or purchases. ICA will make certain exception on case by case basis, if potential youth are not able to collect the entire $1400 in sponsorship. In certain cases ICA may provide assistance with airfare, if sponsored donations exceed $1400 plus air fare cost of individual.

You may also contact ICA Youth coordinator Unmesh Sheth (u.sheth@comcast.net) , by calling (510) 226-8535 (Home) or (510) 396-3100 (Cell) regarding ICA's tax deductibility rules. For application process detail please contact co-founder of InSPIRE, Raj Kanani (rkanani@gmail.com), by calling 510-862-8118.