Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) - PAAIA


Applications Open for Spring 2022

(Application Deadline: December 15th)

The Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) is an initiative which offers Iranian American students and recent graduates an opportunity to learn about the legislative process by interning in Washington, DC with a Member of Congress. During the internship, PAAIA provides CHIP recipients a stipend as well as mentorship opportunities with Iranian American congressional staff and federal officials. Further, CHIP seeks to create a more civically engaged community by providing a rewarding experience that helps participants learn about the importance of being active in the American civic process. 

CHIP helps to place qualified Iranian American college students or recent graduates as interns in congressional offices. Internships are available during the academic fall and spring semesters as well as the summer, offering college students & recent graduates of Iranian descent the opportunity to get a first-hand look at our nation’s legislative and political process.

As many as two applicants are selected for CHIP each term, and CHIP interns receive a stipend of $1,000.


  • Helps to gain the skills and experience necessary to seek a career in government, advocacy, and more
  • Serves as a bridge for those who seek a full-time position in Washington, DC once they have completed the duration of their internship
  • Provides opportunities to network and be mentored by Iranian Americans who work in Congress, the Administration, and various NGOs in Washington, D.C.
  • CHIP interns receive a stipend of $1,000.
  • Up to 2 recipients will be selected per term.

Individuals who apply for CHIP will be first evaluated on both the merit of their educational and professional experiences by PAAIA.

All applicants must complete and submit the PAAIA Capitol Hill Internship Program Application Form, along with a resume, transcript, and information for two references to aman@paaia.orgApplicants who proceed past the evaluation stage are matched with Congressional offices that best represent their interests and/or geographic region.  It is important to note that applicants must apply separately to the congressional office(s) they would like to intern with, and it is encouraged to apply to multiple congressional offices. PAAIA will reach out to the offices as well. Formal acceptance into CHIP is contingent on securing an internship with a congressional office. 

The application process is highly selective. The best-suited individuals will be students pursuing political science, public policy, history, and/or economics and journalism majors. However, students in other majors who have an interest in government and policy-related work are also encouraged to apply.


Fall / Winter 2021 Application Deadline: July 15th, 2021
Spring 2022 Application Deadline: December 15th, 2021
Summer 2022 Application Deadline: March 15th, 2022

Due to varying deadlines with congressional offices to apply for an internship, priority is given to those who apply early.


Interns are responsible for finding their own housing. However, PAAIA is happy to discuss with CHIP recipients about general housing options available within the Washington, DC area.


  • Be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or legal visa holders
  • Be a college student, graduate student, or recent graduate. Students of political science, public policy, government, history, economics and journalism will be best suited to these internship opportunities.
  • Have completed and submitted the PAAIA CHIP Application Form via email to along with a resume, academic transcript, and references.


Interns will be asked to participate in the follow-up process, including drafting a blog post highlighting their Capitol Hill experience. PAAIA will recognize these individuals and their experiences in both the PAAIA e-newsletter and on our website. CHIP interns are welcomed to all future PAAIA gatherings, such as the annual Nowruz reception and our Civic Engagement Forum series.

Have additional questions? Contact Aman Ardalan via email at

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