Inspiring and Connecting the Next Generation of
    American Muslim Leaders in Policymaking


    “The Summit changed my life and showed me that my voice matters

    and that there is a place for me to make a difference.”


    Each year, we hear this sentiment from dozens of American Muslim young leaders from universities around the country who gather in Washington, DC for our Policy & Government Young Leaders Summit - and leave changed.

    We launched our Summits in 2007 with the goal of developing leaders for America by expanding the pool of talent and voices who can enrich the fields of policy-making and the arts, while also providing leadership development and creating a network of emerging leaders.


    Unlike programs where participants may hear lectures or be invited to listen-in on meetings, our delegates get to interact with senior leaders in real, back-and-forth discussions, offer their perspective on issues they’re passionate about, and gain valuable insight about decision-making and launching their own careers. As a result, we see a palpable increase in the presence of American Muslims serving in public life and media and positively impacting policymaking and storytelling.


    Policy & Government Summit

    June 23-27, 2019 in Washington, DC


    Application Deadline: Monday, April 8, 2019


    Wondering what it would be like to work on domestic or foreign policy? Interested in making your mark in media? The Policy & Government Summit gives you unprecedented access to many different halls of power and newsrooms. You will have the opportunity to meet with policymakers, strategists, and American Muslim staffers to learn how decisions get made, discuss current policy issues, and learn about internship and career opportunities.


    Previous delegates have met with:

    • President Obama’s Senior White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough
    • Undersecretaries of State and Homeland Security
    • Prominent members of Congress, including Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), Rep. Peter King (R-CA) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
    • USAID, State Department, Aspen Institute, Department of Justice, The Brookings Institution, Gallup and the Center for American Progress, ACLU
    • The Washington Post, Al-Jazeera English, NPR, ReThink Media and Media Matters and more.

    Delegates also get to network with their peers from around the country and learn valuable skills in advocacy, public speaking and relationship building.


    Watch the Policy Summit video


    The Policy & Government Summit provides American Muslim college and grad students with an unprecedented level of access to decision-makers and thought leaders in our nation’s capital. Many have gone on to internships and jobs in federal agencies, Congress, think tanks, and media outlets. They are directly contributing to changing the narrative about their faith and their identity in the policymaking arena.


    Hasnain Nazar

    Summit Alum

    From the moment I walked in till the time I left, this Summit was one of the best experiences I've had. MPAC and my generation give me great hope about what Muslims can be in this nation.


    The 4-day schedule was packed with meaningful and insightful meetings, discussions and a hackathon - where the rubber met the road.


    The very practice of taking a challenge to forming an idea and then pitching it to real investors and professionals was an invaluable experience.

    Iesha Kincaid

    Summit Alum

    MPAC has made a huge impact on how I’ve developed as a leader in the Muslim community.


    Before MPAC, I was hesitant, even intimidated, to voice my opinions and make change in my local Muslim community. Oddly enough, this hesitance and intimidation, was present even though I had leadership experience outside the Muslim community.


    For some reason, the complicated issue of gender relations within the Muslim community (be it stereotypes or the unfortunate truth), prevented me from having the courage to make a stand for what I believe in. Alhamdulillah, I was accepted into MPAC’s Summit program and this all changed for me!

    Kamran Khan

    Summit Alum

    Words cannot express how grateful I am to have attended the Summit. From our very first session to our last, every single one far exceeded my expectations and left me more inspired than I could’ve imagined.


    I found great comfort and reassurance in being surrounded by successful artists and professionals who've achieved tremendous success while keeping their faith.


    My sincerest thanks and heartfelt gratitude to the entire MPAC Summit staff that made this possible.


    Is there an age requirement to take part in the Summits?

    Yes, attendees must be between the ages of 18 and 25 for the Policy & Government Summit.


    If I am in high school, can I attend?

    The Summit program is for undergraduate, graduate students and recent graduates.


    Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to attend?

    No, as long as you can enter the U.S. and are issued a visa, you can attend.


    How diverse are the delegates selected?

    Just as the American Muslim community is one of the most diverse faith groups, our delegates reflect this diversity and come from all backgrounds.


    How much does the Summit cost and what does it include?

    The Summit program fee is $500 and it covers your hotel, transportation to and from meetings and the hotel, some meals, and all program materials. You are responsible for your travel to and from DC.


    When is the Summit program fee due?

    The Summit program fee is due one month before the Summit.


    Are scholarships or financial aid offered?

    While we are not currently able to offer scholarships or financial aid, many of our delegates raised funds from their family, friends, MSA, mosques, and even employers through crowdfunding. Email summits@mpac.org if you would like tips on how to do this.


    What makes MPAC’s Young Leaders Summit so special?

    The Young Leaders Summit is a one-of-a-kind program that provides a platform for American Muslim college and grad students to explore their professional interests in industries which define and shape policy and public opinion by meeting with experts in the field, getting hands-on training and workshops, and building a strong network with their peers from around the country.


    What will I do during the Summit?

    Delegates meet with experts in Congress, government agencies, civil society, think tanks, and media. Delegates also participate in hands-on workshops by MPAC staff and other experts on public speaking, networking, research and writing, the government landscape, as well as getting exposed to internship and career opportunities, and touring iconic sites in DC.


    Is there any prior knowledge required before participating?

    No prior knowledge is required, however we may provide some reading materials before and during the Summit.


    Do delegates get free time throughout the day to see DC?

    The Summit is a rigorous program providing a packed schedule of meetings all over DC. There are some limited times in the program dedicated to introducing delegates to DC as a group.We also provide time particularly on the first and last day for people to explore DC on their own. Our delegates have also taken advantage of the evenings to go out and explore.



    What have Summit alumni gone on to do?

    Many of our over 500 Young Leaders alumni have gone on to internships and careers in federal agencies, Congressional offices, and media outlets. Additionally, many go on to participate actively in local issues both within and beyond the American Muslim community. Among our exceptional alumni are: Yusuf Abdulqadir (U.N. consultant on climate issues), Laila Alawa (The Tempest), Hazami Barmada (U.N. Youth Program), Malika Bilal (Al Jazeera), Hady Elneil (U.S. Foreign Service), Sahar Jahani (YouTube Space), Wardah Khalid (American Friends Service Committee), and Mohammed Kemal (USAID), Hiba Ahmad (NPR).


    Deadline to apply is Monday, April 29, 2019