NIAF Congressional Fellowship

The National Italian American Foundation is excited to run the NIAF Congressional Fellowship Program for the second year. During the fall semester of 2017, the Foundation will place outstanding Italian American college students, graduate students and recent graduates in offices of members of the Italian American Congressional Delegation (IACD) to encourage and support the next generation of Italian American leadership.

Five students and/or recent graduates will be selected as NIAF Congressional Fellows and will travel to Washington D.C. to work in a Congressional office from September 6 – December 14, 2017. NIAF will award fellows with a stipend of $1000 to aid with travel and living expenses while in Washington. Fellows will also receive training at NIAF headquarters and will be invited to participate in NIAF events throughout the fall, including NIAF Public Policy Forums and our 42nd Annual Gala Weekend from November 3-5.

This fellowship serves as an opportunity for first-hand experience in public service for the next generation of Italian American political leaders. Fellows will learn about the legislative process, issues facing Congress, and the operations of a Congressional office while working for an Italian American leader who has climbed the ladder of public policy success.

NIAF is nonpartisan and serves as an important voice for Italian Americans in Washington, DC. The Foundation works closely with Congress, The White House, the Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Rome, and the Italian Embassy in Washington to promote Italian American heritage and serve as a bipartisan educational foundation. As a unified voice on issues of importance to Italian Americans, the Foundation builds relationships with key decision makers on behalf of the Italian American community and serves as a resource and thought leader for politicians, policy makers, and diplomats.

The following offices will accept NIAF Congressional Fellows during the fall of 2017:

1. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)
2. Congressman Robert Brady (D-PA)
3. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI)
4. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
5. Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
6. Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA)
7. Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)
8. Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH)
9. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
10. Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA)
11. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH)
12. Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)


  1. Applicants must be members of the National Italian American Foundation. Not a member? CLICK HERE to join today!
  2. Applicants must be a junior or senior in college, or in the first year out of college, a graduate student, or in the first year out of college/graduate school, at beginning of internship date
  3. Applicants must have at least one Italian grandparent.
  4. Applicants must provide TWO references who are either current/former employers or supervisors or current/former professors. Please do NOT include family members.
  5. Applicants must email a resume to
  6. Preference will be given to applicants who have never previously held an internship on Capitol Hill.
  7. Applicants must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Preference will be given to applicants who can work full time (40 hours per week).

IMPORTANT: NIAF will only accept online applications (no exceptions).

Please note that NIAF cannot guarantee that Fellows will receive school credit for their fellowship. Fellows who are interested in receiving college credit should be in contact with their university career center and an academic advisor.

Deadline has passed and applications are now closed.