Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) - PAAIA

Applications Closed for Fall 2022

(Application Deadline: July 15)

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. 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.

In order to qualify for CHIP, an applicant must first apply to the congressional office(s) they would like to intern for. Please be aware that congressional offices make their own selection decisions and have application deadlines that are different from ours. Once that is done, the applicant should then apply to the Capitol Hill Internship Program. After interviewing the applicant, PAAIA will then reach out to the congressional office(s) they have applied to.

Priority for admission to CHIP is given to those who apply early, so please apply to both the congressional office(s) and CHIP as soon as possible!


  • CHIP interns receive a stipend of $1,000.
  • Gain the skills and experience necessary to jumpstart a career in government, politics, advocacy, and more
  • Opportunities to network and be mentored by Iranian Americans who work in Congress, the Administration, and various NGOs in Washington, D.C.


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 FormApplicants who proceed past the evaluation stage are matched with Congressional offices that best represent their interests and/or geographic region. 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 2022 Application Deadline: July 15th, 2022
Spring 2022 Application Deadline: January 1st, 2023
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.


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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