USAN PRESS RELEASE

November 12, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: contact[AT]usazeris.org

USAN and TCA Now Accepting Applications for 2009 Winter and Summer Internship Programs on Capitol Hill

The U.S. Azeris Network (USAN) and the Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) are pleased to announce that they are now accepting three fellowship applications for the 2009 Winter and Summer Internship Programs, each an 8-week internship program for students and recent college graduates to work at the offices of members of the U.S. Congress in the winter 2008-09 and the summer of 2009.

Have you ever wished you could spend your winter or summer break interning on the Capitol Hill in Washington DC – and actually have someone cover your costs, help you open some doors and help the Azerbaijani and Turkic cause? If you are a political science or international relations major, or see yourself active in politics, or wanted to experience life in Washington D.C. – or all of the above, USAN and TCA want to help you realize your goals.

The fellowship program will provide an opportunity for Azerbaijani-American students to live and work in Washington DC and become exposed to U.S. governmental bodies and policy-making processes. USAN and TCA, through this program, intend to contribute to the preparation of future Azerbaijani American political leaders, and enhance the participation of the Azerbaijani-American, as well as the whole Turkic-American community, in the American political life. Internship responsibilities in congressional offices usually include monitoring congressional hearings, performing data entry, answering constituent mail, researching legislative issues, and performing other administrative duties, as well as interacting with staffers from various congressional offices and of course the Member of Congress in whose office you will be interning.

The 2009 Internship Programs will provide opportunities for prospective interns to meet with House and Senate members and engage in dialogue on matters important to Azerbaijani-American and regional relations. Interns are expected to attend an orientation at the beginning of their internship program and exchange ideas and experiences throughout their stay in Washington D.C. with the program organizers. During this eight-week period, program participants will have the opportunity to attend intellectual, social and cultural events, such as meetings at think-tanks, congressional hearings, Azerbaijani community events, and sightseeing tours of Washington D.C. monuments and museums. In addition, at the conclusion of the program, interns will be expected to present a report evaluating their internship experience and remain generally engaged within the Azerbaijani-American community.

USAN and TCA will sponsor three (3) internships at the congressional offices for two months in between January and August 2009. First internship would be from January till February, the remaining two would be in the summer months, between June and August. These internships will entail a monthly stipend of $500 to $1,000, based on the distance of residence of the intern from DC area, for a period of two months. No other costs will be covered by USAN and TCA. It should be also noted that Congressional offices do not pay or cover living costs for their interns. Internship in Congress requires an additional interview and acceptance by the actual congressional office, thus USAN and TCA make no guarantees of placement.

Requirements for a fellowship application include:

1. Being a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) of Azerbaijani descent;
2. Being at least a sophomore in a university/college with a GPA of at least 2.0;
3. Excellent communications and writing skills, online contributions and activity a plus;
4. Past interest and experience in community and public service;

How to Apply:

Applicants are required to submit their most recent CV’s together with a one-page cover letter explaining their interest in these fields as well as their expectations from the program. The cover letter or CV should also include the names and contact information of at least 2 references (names, phone numbers and e-mails), and information about the applicant’s citizenship or green card status. Additionally, applicants should indicate their preference of party affiliation, i.e., Democrat or Republican. Applications should be e-mailed to USAN <info@USAzeris.org>

Deadline for applications is December 1, 2008. The placement of interns will be decided by USAN and TCA. Applicants are expected to be informed of the details of their specific appointments by December 20 of 2008.

For more information on USAN, please visit: http://www.USAzeris.org

For more information on TCA, please visit: http://www.TurkishCoalition.org

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The U.S. Azeris Network (USAN) <http://www.usazeris.org/> is a registered non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian genuine grassroots advocacy and voter education network that is facilitating political activism and efforts by the Azerbaijani-Americans and other Turkic-Americans and their associations, organizations, councils, conferences, and other formal, semi-formal and informal groups, on federal, state and local levels. USAN is the first nationwide grassroots organization uniting Azerbaijani-Americans, being created by the grassroots, for the grassroots.

USAN PR#3-11-2008