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    The Congressional Leadership Development Program (CLDP) is cultivating the next CEOs, mayors, city councilors, members of Congress, and non-profit leaders. Simply put, we're creating tomorrow’s American Muslim leaders and fostering pride in government service.


    The CLDP is composed of these three elements:

    Policy Experience:

    Congressional Internship 

    Walk the halls of Congress with Senators, Congressman and policy makers, gain an understanding of the policy making process from an insider's perspective, and interact with a network of thousands of interns from across the nation who are also passionate about social change.


    CLDP helps fellows find an internship position with a member of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. This experience allows our fellows to understand the legislative process from the inside and learn how they can shape policy through their respective professions.


    The Right Tools:

    Leadership Development Course

    Fellows will learn essential leadership tools in a classroom setting, then be placed in real-world situations to put what you learned into practice. Meant to take you out of your comfort zone, these exercises will be a source of personal and professional growth.


    With these tools and practice, you will return to your communities equipped to step into leadership positions in university organizations, civic clubs and non-profits. 


    Networking & Mentorship:

    Speaker Series

    Fellows will attend panels with some of the most influential individuals in Washington and the country. You will hear and learn from the life experiences of leaders who were once in the same shoes as you.


    Fellows meet and spend time with distinguished leaders from various professions. By meeting Washington, DC's most successful professionals, fellows increase their network and gain mentors.


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    Jenan Abu-Hakmeh

    Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ-8)

    Jenan is an honors student attending the New Jersey Institute of Technology, pursuing a B.S. in Business with concentrations in Finance and International Business, along with a minor in Legal Studies. She founded her campus chapter of Girl Up, a U.N. Foundation organization devoted to advocating for policy changes and raising awareness to empower females around the world.

    Aziz Ahmad

    Congressman Henry “Hank” Johnson (GA-4)

    Aziz is a student at Baldwin Wallace University studying International Affairs and Political Science with concentrations in Middle Eastern/North African Studies and Legal Studies. Aziz is the co-founder and President of the Middle Eastern Culture Club on campus, a member of the Muslim Student Association, a Resident Assistant, and Campus Ambassador for the Peace Corps.

    Omar Al-Hendy

    Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)

    Omar attends the University of Pittsburgh, pursuing a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. Last summer, Omar studied abroad in London and interned at a research firm, working on a project to discover how to turn around recent low voter turnout. After graduating, Omar plans to return to the Hill to work as a legislative aid or staffer. Omar is primarily interested in health and economic policy.

    Bunyad Bhatti

    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)

    Bunyad attends the College of New Jersey, majoring in PoliSci with minors in Arabic, and Women and Gender Studies. She interned for the Regional Director at the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services in New York City, where she assisted in the department’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to this, she served as the Press Secretary for New Jersey’s 15th District Assemblyman campaign.

    RJ Khalaf

    Congressman Andre Carson (IN-7)

    RJ is passionate about social and political rights, and attends New York University majoring in Global Liberal Studies. RJ studied abroad at NYU London, serving as liaison for the TEDx NYU London team. With his counterparts in New York, he organized two successful TEDx events in his first semester. RJ has also spent summers volunteering in Palestinian refugee camps. He is now developing an organization that creates hands-on, leadership-based workshops for Palestinian youth in refugee camps.



    House Democratic Caucus

    Basmah is a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University (JHU) with a degree in International Studies and Political Science. Basmah served as a counselor and board member of Camp Kesem, and following graduation, she dedicated her time to the non-profit Act4Accountability, promoting social change using knowledge of the African diaspora. Her passion for political activism, community engagement also led her to become a Government & Policy intern at MPAC.

    Aisha Yaqoob

    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)

    Aisha Yaqoob is a graduate student at the University of Georgia, pursuing her Masters of Public Administration & Policy. She is interested in public policy on the local and state level. During her undergrad years at at the University of Georgia, she was involved in various student organizations and served as president of her local MSA. She serves an advisory capacity on her local government’s planning projects.

    Sommer Iqbal

    Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)

    Sommer Iqbal is an International Political Economy major at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is interested in social justice and activism, environmental policy, and South Asian and Middle Eastern affairs. Her ultimate goal is to help the Muslim community through her work as much as possible. One of her dreams is to work for the White House as a liaison for the Muslim community.

    Amirah Ahmad

    Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)

    Amirah Ahmad is a student the University of Virginia. She is interested in human rights, social justice, international relations, and global development. Previously, she has interned at the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press in Beijing and Wicell Technologies in Jakarta. She is a Global Greeter, peer advisor, publicity chair for UN Women, member of the Muslim Student Association, and a volunteer for Challah for Hunger.

    Obaida Albaroudi

    Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-5)

    Obaida is a Business Economics and International Relations double-major at the University of California, Irvine. He loves basketball and considers himself a foodie. He hopes to affect positive change for all communities and people.


    Our application deadline has passed.

    We will be accepting new applications in December 2017.
    Email cldp@mpac.org with any questions or concerns.


    You will receive a response within 24-48 hours.

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