The Muslim Public Service Network (MPSN) Summer Fellowship Program originally created in 1993, is an amazing opportunity for Muslim college students (juniors and seniors) as well as graduate students who have a summer internship focused on public service in Washington DC to receive FREE housing as well as networking and mentorship.
MPSN 2019 Summer Fellowship Program
The Summer Fellowship Program focuses on our most valuable resource – the newest generation of Muslims. It is designed to bring young Muslims from diverse backgrounds to the nation’s capital to live and study together and to work in ways that will prepare them to contribute to the shaping of American public policy in the future. The program has three objectives:
- Facilitating on-the-job training on Capitol Hill with other policy making institutions;
- Offering graduate level education in Islam and public policy making;
- Creating a network of interns who have gained experience and useful contacts in a many important institutions.
2019 application details
We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply, and we encourage you to spread the word through your networks. Before submitting an application, please remember the following:
- We provide MPSN fellows with full room and board for the summer (June 1 - July 31).
- Living at the MPSN house is mandatory - we do not allow Fellows to participate in an "extern" capacity.
- Attendance at MPSN evening and weekend events is mandatory.
- We don’t provide internships or jobs in DC. You have to get your own position. However, if you're interested in a particular field or career track, let us know and we might be able to connect you to alumni in that area if appropriate. But our primary mission is not to help you secure a job. It is to supplement your DC experience with networking, education, and more.
- Summer jobs/internships at Muslim organizations are not eligible for the MPSN Fellowship.
- Summer jobs/internships with a public service/public policy focus are encouraged, but not mandatory.
2019 application calendar
- January 25th, 2019: MPSN begins accepting applications for summer 2019. Telephone interviews with applicants will be scheduled within two weeks of receipt of application.
- April 30st, 2019: Early Acceptance deadline. (March/April are the deadlines for many of the larger institutions, such as government agencies, think tanks and we suggest that you apply as soon as possible to secure a meaningful internship).
- May 15th, 2019: Application Deadline. Final decision on all financial aid to be provided by MPSN. All requests for financial aid submitted after this date will be based solely on the discretion of the Financial Aid Committee.
- May 15th to May 31st, 2019: Late Applications. Any application received within these dates will be accepted only if there is space in the program. Any application postmarked on or after May 1st will require a $30 application fee.
- June 1st to July 31st, 2019 (August 15th for continuing internships): MPSN 2019 Summer Program
A proven history of service
Our network of MPSN Fellows has grown over since 1993 and now has over 200 alumni. These Fellows served in influential offices such as the White House and US Senate, and were taught by scholars and experts in government and public policy. Program alumni currently work on Capitol Hill and for the State Department, the Department of Justice, and a variety of nonprofit organizations such as the ACLU. As a result of this innovative program, talented Muslim Americans are on policy-making career paths where they can make meaningful contributions to American society. The impact of our Fellows upon politicians on Capitol Hill has been noticeable, with many supervisors agreeing that the presence of MPSN Fellows in government offices fosters a very positive image of Muslim Americans.
Our curriculum: enhancing the internship experience
Our unique curriculum and high caliber of program applicants has attracted many prominent Muslim scholars and experts, who have enthusiastically volunteered their time and knowledge to support the program. In addition to reinforcing the internship experience, the MPSN curriculum contributes to university course work and provides for thesis development. These aspects of the MPSN Fellowship Program have proven to facilitate personal and career development and to reinforce a Muslim identity based on knowledge, ethics, and service to society.
Help us continue to grow
Since 9/11, Muslim Americans have become a visible minority and a convenient target. While our talent in various spheres of education and business is evident, we have yet to make an impact on the development of public policy in the United States. The MPSN Fellowship Program provides the Muslim American community its best opportunity to show America that Muslim values and ideals can provide meaningful contributions, while at the same time defusing the tide of misunderstanding that Muslim Americans face.
Application information can be downloaded at our website muslimpublicservice.org. We are a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to accountable and transparent operation.
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