New Jersey Leadership Program Opens Applications for South Asian Youth to Experience Government and Politics

JERSEY CITY, NJ – The New Jersey Leadership Program (NJLP) announced the opening of its application for the NJLP 2019 Summer Fellowship Program. The fellowship seeks to expose South Asian youth in New Jersey to local government and politics. Applications are due by Friday, February 15, 2019 and interested candidates can apply online at www.njlead.org.

The NJLP Fellowship is a six-week program in which youth of South Asian background in high school or college in New Jersey are placed in a full time internship with the Governor’s Office, State Agency, Member of Congress, or State Legislator. In addition to the internship, the Fellowship also offers weekly speakership series with elected officials, senior government staffers, business executives, non-profit leaders and others. There is also a field trip to Washington, D.C., career development workshops, networking events and more.

“We’re seeing a lot of interest in government and politics at all levels within the South Asian community during this time, whether it’s more members of the community running for office or community members getting involved in local advocacy and campaigns,” said NJLP President Amit Jani. “Through the NJLP Summer Fellowship Program, we would like to take advantage of this increased interest and make sure the youth in the South Asian community in New Jersey have a front-row seat in government and politics.”

The NJLP Fellowship Program is entering its fourth year and the New Jersey Leadership Program as a whole has graduated approximately 30 South Asian youth fellows since its creation.

“We are proud to offer the NJLP Fellowship Program as a resource for the South Asian community and hope to build a pipeline of America’s next leaders in government and politics,” said NJLP Director of Programming Vinay Limbachia. “We encourage any South Asian youth, even if they are not necessarily interested in the public sector but want to spend six weeks to get a sense of what government entails, to apply.”

More information about the NJLP Summer Fellowship Program can be found at www.njlead.org.