Washington, DC – Leela Najafi is the newest Akbar Ghahary Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) fellow and will be working at the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs this Summer!
Leela grew up in Marin County, CA. She is nineteen years old and the youngest of three sisters, Ana and Ariana. She moved to Washington, D.C. last year to pursue a degree in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG) at American University. During her first semester of her freshman year she interned for her representative, Congressman Jared Huffman. She really enjoyed her first internship on the Hill and decided that she would like to continue contributing to the work our legislators do, especially with the partnership of PAAIA. Now, she is beginning a digital press internship for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. She will be working directly with the committee and the office of Ranking Member Senator Claire McCaskill. She really looks forward to the internship and being a part of the CHIP program!
PAAIA’s CHIP program promotes increased civic participation among young Iranian Americans by offering college students or recent graduates of Iranian descent the opportunity to get a firsthand look at our nation’s legislative and political process. The program recognizes that public service internships are often the inspiration and launching point for the careers of some of the most distinguished public servants in the nation. Serving at the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will provide Leela an important vantage point on American public life, valuable professional networking and communications skills, and an important credential to work full-time on Capitol Hill or elsewhere in federal or state government.