SAPAC Internship Program
Interns play an important role at SAPAC. In addition to the President, Executive Director, and the Board, interns make up the rest of our organization’s team. They are a vital part of keeping the Sindhi American Political Action Committee’s vision alive.
Interns are responsible for drafting press releases, writing blogs, managing our social media accounts, and updating our website. Our interns are also responsible for scheduling meetings with members of congress, attending hearings on Capitol Hill, and building personal relationships with the Sindhi American Community.
Interns at SAPAC also have the opportunity to meet many people. We send them all over the city and try to introduce them to as many politicians and Sindhi Americans as possible.
Our interns are not expected to clean, make coffee, or deliver mail. We give our interns the first hand experience they want, and allow them to achieve as much as they see possible.
What SAPAC is Looking For in an Intern:
SAPAC is looking for interns who have interests in advocacy, education, women’s rights, minority rights, counterterrorism, indigenous people’s rights, U.S. foreign policy, meeting with members of Congress on the Hill to discuss important issues for the Sindhi community, as well as having skills in writing, communication, and research.
What to expect:
Dress of the office: Business and Business casual
Food and Metro: We have a fully furnished kitchen and you will be able to bring food for lunch. Food trucks are at the end of our block located around Farragut Park. We tend to come to work after the metro peak hours, so metro will be significantly cheaper for a SAPAC intern compared to other interns.
Average Work Day: Interns can be expected to work most days from 9:30 to 5:00 p.m., however, self motivation is key for our interns, working from home is a part of the job at times.
What Would Interns Do During Their Internship:
SAPAC interns are responsible for a multitude of tasks including advocating for Sindhi people’s rights at home and abroad, writing contributing articles for the Sindh Guardian, attending and writing reports about various Think Tank events throughout D.C., setting up meetings and reaching out to members of Congress to discuss current legislation that would be beneficial for the Sindh community. Academic advocacy is a new program SAPAC interns would engage in that would require them to share what they have learned through SAPAC with their respective college or university. This is an important program for SAPAC interns to be involved in because it will show not only other students the importance of the work SAPAC does, but show their professors and administrators that SAPAC is an internship site that would be a match for future students. In keeping with The Washington Center mission of transformational learning experiences, SAPAC interns will also be invited to various Sindhi community events throughout their internship. These could, but are not limited to, events with Congress members who support the Sindh community, attending luncheons and events with members of the Sindh Foundation and SAPAC leadership team, and invitations to events throughout D.C. that celebrate the culture of the Sindhi people and their traditions.
What previous interns have to say:
Brianna: “One moment that I really enjoyed during my time at SAPAC was when Cecily, Branden, and I attended a foreign affairs committee about the Broadcasting Board of Governors. I have seen a handful of committee meetings on C-SPAN, however I never knew that regular people could come and attend these hearings. Although all we did was sit and listen, I believe we all felt, especially me, much more politically involved and aware. We listened carefully and took notes on everything said by the board members and by Congressman Brad Sherman. We all looked at each other excitedly when he and another committee member mentioned Sindh and the need for the broadcasting in that area to be in Sindhi. Attending that Foreign Affairs committee hearing motivated me to attend more congressional hearings and stay involved in US politics, especially if we can be on C-SPAN TV again.”
Cecily: “My favorite weekend in DC was when Sufi allowed us to tag along with him to New York City. We had a wonderful dinner with Congresswoman Maloney, and we sat and talked for hours. We discussed topics I am very passionate about, such as the cases of forced conversion and human trafficking in Sindh. That same weekend, I met with Congressman Frank Wolf and requested a hearing for human rights violations in Pakistan regarding the Sindhi people. The meeting went well and I know I am so blessed to have been given these opportunities, and I have grown from the experiences SAPAC has provided me with.”