• Frequently Asked Questions

    Learn more about our 10-week summer fellowships May 25-July 30


    What are the qualifications to apply?

    • Muslim or an active member of the Muslim community
    • Enrolled at an accredited university in the U.S. or graduated within the last  year
    • Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average
    • US Citizen, Permanent Resident, or DACA recipient 
    • An undergraduate (incoming junior-senior), of graduate standing (excluding Ph.D.), or recent graduate
    What makes a competitive application?
    At its heart, the CLDP program strives to prepare the next generation of Muslim leaders. Keeping that in mind, it is essential that the application committee understand what steps you have taken and will take to becoming a fruitful leader. Successful applications are those that best portray the applicants experience in policy, government, and community; have a clear goal of future public service ambitions; and illustrate how their Muslim identity is a catalyst in why they hope to serve in places like Washington D.C.
    How many applicants are accepted?
    We will accept 12 fellows this year.
    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


    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 the months of 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 are required to work full-time in their Congressional internship/fellowship.


    What benefits does the program offer?

    • $3,000 stipend

    • Free housing

    • Comprehensive orientation summit
    • Policy and Professional Development Curriculum
    • Invitations to events around the city
    • Mentorship program with Hill staff and alumni
    • Placement in Congressional office

    • Access to our alumni networking platform

    • Application material consultations
    • Post-program job/internship placement support

    Do I need to find my own internship?

    ​Fellows work closely with MPAC staff to prepare application materials and facilitate application submissions.

    Housing and Financial

    Does CLDP provide financial support?

    Yes. CLDP provides every fellow with a $3,000 stipend and free housing for the duration of the program. The stipend allotment is dependent on successful participation in the program and meeting all program requirements.


    Where will I be living?

    Fellows can expect to live in Washington D.C. in a metro accessible location. Housing will be dorm style, and fellows should expect to have roommates.


    I have no experience living in Washington D.C., will we be given an orientation to the city?

    Absolutely! We understand this may be the first time you have been to Washington, D.C., or the first time you've left your comfort zone. We will have a survivor's guide to D.C. ready for you, and CLDP staff will be on hand to guide you, mentor you, and even have coffee with you. Beyond that, we will spend ample time during orientation to fully address any questions or concerns.


    What kind of clothing should I bring?

    Your internship will require you to wear business clothing on days Congress is in session and business casual clothing when Congress is in recess. For all CLDP events we ask that you come in either business professional or business casual clothing (we will specify for each event accordingly). For any further questions, reach out to your offices and they can best assist you with the atmosphere they foster. You may also be invited to internal and external special functions throughout the fellowship that may require formal wear so be prepared for such events.

  • "If you're a young Muslim who has ANY political ambition, submit an application for this program. I have participated in numerous legal and government preparatory programs, but never in one framed within the context of Islam. The fact that we lived and worked together on the Hill while helping each other through the month of Ramadan, celebrating Eid together, and attending Jummah prayer was overwhelmingly powerful. It meant that, at least for two months, I had a community outside of my home who understood and shared my ambitions, my drive to help others, and above all, my faith."


    Amira Daugherty, 2019 CLDP Fellow