WASHINGTON INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FOR TIBETAN AMERICANS
The ICT’s Washington Internship Program for Tibetan-Americans (WIPTA program) is part of our overall Lodi Gyari Tibetan Empowerment Program and is dedicated to promoting Tibetan American participation and representation at all levels of the political process. It develops leadership and professional skills, encourages political and civic engagement, and fosters a strong interest in public service careers.
The WIPTA program selects Tibetan-American undergraduate students for a summer internship placement program in US Congressional offices in Washington, DC. It is part of the International Campaign for Tibet’s effort to empower the burgeoning Tibetan American community, by providing meaningful opportunities and exposure to the American political process, and to foster their civic engagement.
In the light of the passing away of Mr. Lodi Gyari, former ICT President and Chair of the Board of Directors, we want to honor his legacy by naming the Tibetan Empowerment program in his honor and to call the participants of the WIPTA as “Lodi Gyari fellows”. Advocacy for Tibet and empowerment of the Tibetan people were issues that he cared deeply about.
The Lodi Gyari Fellows will take part in a six to eight-week summer internship program to experience American politics and public policy. They will gain a firsthand view of the policy-making and legislative process, as well as gain access to high-profile leaders in Washington, DC.
Selected candidates are required to participate in WIPTA orientation and training programs, complete weekly journals, and submit a program evaluation at the end of the internship.
The WIPTA Program supports each participant with a round-trip airfare within the continental US, and a stipend to cover housing and other expenses.
(Students who have independently secured internships in Washington, DC with Federal entities, could be eligible to apply for the WIPTA program if they meet the guidelines.)
All WIPTA applicants must meet the following criteria:
- US citizen or legal permanent resident
- Currently enrolled in full-time undergraduate degree program and completed at least one year of study by the beginning of the internship.
- Work a minimum of 32 hours a week (six to eight weeks in the summer or spring/fall)
- Lodi Gyari fellows are required to participate in ICT’s WIPTA orientation and training programs, complete weekly journals, and submit a program evaluation at the end of the internship.
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