Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans .


The purpose of PAAIA’s Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) is to promote increased civic participation among young Iranian Americans. The program is beneficial to those Iranian Americans interested in a future in public service as well as those seeking to work in NGOs and non-profits that may have public policy ties. Ultimately, however, the CHIP Program seeks to simply create a more engaged and politically aware community by teaching young Iranian Americans about the legislative process first-hand – thus increasing  the influence and voice of Iranian Americans in decision-making processes.

The CHIP places qualified Iranian American college students or recent graduates as interns in Congressional or administration offices, where they will learn more about the legislative process. The program is unlike others of its kind, as the selected applicants will have their experience on Capitol Hill complemented with PAAIA D.C. events as well as opportunities to network with and be mentored by Iranian American staff on Capitol Hill, the Administration, and non-governmental organizations throughout Washington, D.C.

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


About the CHIP Program

The CHIP Program:

  • Offers college students/recent graduates of Iranian descent the opportunity to get a first-hand look at our nation’s legislative and political process
  • Provides the skills and experience necessary for those who seek a career in government or a career in NGOs
  • Serves as a bridge for those who seek a full-time position in government once they have completed the duration of their internship in Washington, D.C.
  • Provides opportunities to network and be mentored by Iranian Americans who work in Congress, the Administration, and various NGOs in Washington, D.C.

The CHIP program is, in part, made possible by a generous contributions from PAAIA members and IAPAC Board members, Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani  and Dr. Akbar Ghahary. The recipients who are successfully placed on Capitol Hill will receive a stipend of $2,000 each. 


Application Process & Deadline

CHIP is focused on serving young Iranian American college students/recent graduates who seek to increase their professional experiences in the legislative and political arena. As such, individuals who apply for the internship will be first evaluated on both the merit of their educational and professional experiences by PAAIA. Applicants who proceed past the evaluation stage are matched with Congressional offices that best represent their interests and/or geographic region. 

The application process is highly selective and only a select few will be chosen for these internship opportunities. The best-suited individuals will be students pursuing political science, public policy, history, and/or economics and journalism majors. However, our goal is to create a more engaged community overall.  Therefore, students in other majors are encouraged to apply, providing a distinct reason why the experience would be beneficial in their professional growth. Final approval for acceptance into the internship lies solely in the hands of mentioned Congressional Offices, not PAAIA.

All applicants must complete and submit the PAAIA Capitol Hill Internship Program Application Form, along with a résumé, transcript, and references to or by mail to:

1614 20th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Applications for FALL 2013 must be emailed or postmarked by July 15, 2013. Late applications will not be reviewed. Decisions regarding selection into the internship program are final.



Interns are responsible for finding their own housing. However, PAAIA will provide assistance in referring interns to different housing options.



CHIP applicants are required to:

  1. Be PAAIA members
  2. Be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or legal visa holders
  3. College students, graduate students, or recent graduates. Students of political science, public policy, history, economics and journalism will be best suited to these internship opportunities.
  4. Have completed and submitted the PAAIA CHIP Application Form online along with their resume, Transcript, and references by July 15, 2013 for Fall 2013.


Follow-Up and Feedback

Interns will be asked to participate in the follow-up process, including completing a survey, a write-up regarding their internship for the PAAIA newsletter, and a final report based on an agreed-upon subject with PAAIA. PAAIA will highlight these individuals and their experiences in both the PAAIA e-newsletter and on our website.

Have additional questions?

Contact PAAIA’s Director of Government Affairs & Policy Morad Ghorban at 202-828-8370 or email