The Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) supports Iranian American students and recent graduates as they learn about the legislative process by interning in Washington, DC with a Member of Congress!

During the internship, CHIP interns receive a stipend and mentorship from Iranian American government and political experts. CHIP is an engaging and rewarding experience that helps young Iranian Americans learn about the importance of being active in the American civic process.


Internships are available during the academic fall and spring semesters, as well as during the summer.

Spring 2023 Application Deadline: January 1st, 2023

Summer 2023 Application Deadline: March 17th, 2023


Iranian American high school graduates, college students, and recent college graduates are welcome to apply!

The best-suited individuals will be students pursuing political science, public policy, history, and/or economics, and journalism majors. However, students in other majors who have an interest in government and policy-related work are also encouraged to apply.


Financial Support

Participants receive a $1000 stipend for Fall / Spring, or $2000 for Summer.


Meet and network with Iranian Americans who work in public policy in Washington, D.C.

Witness Democracy

Become fully immersed in the heart of our nation's democracy, learning how change happens, and why the work of representatives in Congress is important to our everyday lives.

Kickstart Your Career

Alumni of CHIP have found the experience helpful in informing their future career while making connections that have helped many land jobs on Capitol Hill, the federal government, and beyond!

Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP)


Program Requirements

1. Apply for a Congressional Internship

Applicants must first apply to the congressional office(s) they would like to intern for. Congressional offices make their own selection decisions and have their own varying application deadlines that are independent of ours, so we encourage this to be done before applying to CHIP.


Qualifying internships are based in Washington, D.C.


2. Apply to CHIP

After applying to congressional office(s), applicants should then submit the CHIP application below. Applicants will then be contacted for an interview. 


If selected, we will contact the congressional office(s) that have been applied to in support of the applicant's candidacy. However, formal acceptance into CHIP is contingent on securing an internship with a congressional office.

3. Written Reflection

At the end of the internship, interns will be asked to draft a blog post highlighting their Capitol Hill experience. We will publish the post via newsletter and on our website.

Priority for admission to CHIP is given to those who apply early, so please apply to both the congressional office(s) and CHIP as soon as possible.


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