Leadership Forum:

Muslim American Scholars Initiative includes, The Leadership Forum which is a structured set of activities that give interns opportunities to understand leadership and the opportunities they have to contribute to their communities. Students will have a chance to hear and engage with distinguished speakers – including cabinet members, ambassadors, journalists, members of Congress, and others – who introduce them to current public policy debates and the organizations and people who shape them. They have opportunities to visit embassies and learn about international conflicts. Below are the list of examples:

The Alan K. Simpson-Norman Y. Mineta Leaders Series (SMLS)

The Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series aims to create a forum in which students from around the country and the world can engage with extraordinary leaders, explore issues of contemporary public concern, and articulate their own views about the meaning of leadership and citizenship in today's society.

Public Policy Dialogues

Students meet in a small group with a member of Congress to discuss current issues that matter to them.

Embassy Visits Program

Official spokesmen/women from foreign governments brief students on current international issues. Recent visits have provided opportunities to hear multiple perspectives on the Arab-Israeli conflict, the conflict in Kashmir, and U.S. policy toward Cuba.

Professional Track Programming

Academic Program Advisors (APAs) arrange activities to suit the interests of their students' professional career interest; includes site visits, briefings, tours, workshops, walking tours, and other activities. APAs also moderate small-group discussions on topics like leadership, critical reflection and integrative learning and talk about the experiences students are having in their internships.

Civic Engagement

In keeping with our emphasis on civic engagement, interns are provided a wide array of opportunities to volunteer in the Washington, D.C. area.

Internship Portfolio

Each intern completes a portfolio (those in the Postgraduate Professional Development Program prepare a customized version). Components include a statement of learning goals, résumé, internship defense letter, analyses of lectures,informational interviews and other writing or work assignments. Together, these components document, analyze and reflect on the internship experience. They are completed and reviewed week by week. The final product provides home institutions, prospective employers and graduate and professional schools impressive evidence of what interns have accomplished.


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