Educational Institutions

Muslim Public Service Network

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.muslimpublicservice.org

Mission Statement

The Muslim Public Service Network inspires, educates and trains exceptional American Muslims in public service and civic engagement in order to meaningfully contribute to community and country.

Main Programs

  1. Summer Fellowship Program

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Service Areas

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National

Our fellows are American-Muslim students from across the United States who participate in our Summer Fellowship Program in Washington, DC.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Zahreen Ghaznavi

Keywords

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Muslim, Public Service, Islam, Internship, Washington DC, Government, Fellowship, Civic Engagement

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Also Known As

Muslim Public Service Network Inc

EIN

20-3561114

Physical Address

4000 Cathedral Ave NW, Ste 3B

Washington, DC 20016 5249

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Islamic (X40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We believe American Muslims must play an active role in public service. Through civic engagement, American Muslims are empowered to act on their social responsibilities, while contributing a critical voice that often goes unheard.

Our Summer Fellowship Program is the oldest established of its kind for American Muslim students. Participants have interned with more than 180 various federal agencies, congressional offices, think tanks, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, and media outlets.

Eighteen years later, their legacy continues to live on with the over 200 alumni. Their career paths in public, non-profit, and government institutions, include senior positions in the Obama and Bush administrations, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. House of Representatives, and United Nations. Several alumni have also received Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Summer Fellowship Program

The MPSN Summer Fellowship Program
Program assists Muslim students and scholars to acquire training in
organizations involved in public service and public policy development. It is targeted at Muslim undergraduate and
graduate students in the United States interested in careers in public
service and public policy development.  The program is for students
who are serious about being involved in the organizations and agencies
that underlie the legal, economic, educational and political aspects
of federal and state governments in the US.   

The Summer Fellowship Programprovides American Muslim college underclassmen
and graduate students an introduction to the American legislative, policy-making
and political process and reveals opportunities for making positive
contributions in the public service arena.  

The Summer Fellowship Program brings young Muslims from diverse backgrounds to
the nation’s capital to live and study together and to work in capacities
that will prepare them to effectively contribute to the shaping of American
public policy in the future.  The eight week summer program in
Washington DC averages 16 students per summer from a range of universities
across the United States, and a range of ethnicities including African-American,
Bangladeshi, Afghan, Egyptian, Indian, Indonesian, Iraqi, Lebanese,
Latino, Malay, Palestinian, Sudanese, Syrian, Turkish, and Caucasian.
The program also offers a strong gender balance with just over half
of the interns being female. 

These fellows serve in influential offices such as the White House and US
Senate, and are taught by scholars and experts in government and public
policy. Program alumni currently work on Capitol Hill and for the State
Department, the Department of Defense, and a variety of nonprofit organizations.

Summer fellows  are provided with food, housing and stipends for transportation. 
Two houses are rented during the summer - one for the female participants
and one for the male participants. The group works collectively to prepare
meals and coordinate the daily workings of the houses (cooking, cleaning,
shopping, etc).  Resident assistants (MPSN Alumni) are assigned
to each house to oversee the day-to-day activities and provide guidance. 

Each summer, the MPSN
group also holds a dinner on Capitol Hill, to honor the fellows and
to bring greater awareness to the program. Speakers
at this event have included Lord Nazeer Ahmed of Great Britain’s House
of Lords, Ralph Nader and Congresswoman Betty McCollum. 

As a
result of this innovative program, talented American Muslims are on
public service oriented and policy-making career paths where they can
make meaningful contributions to American society. The impact of our
interns upon politicians on Capitol Hill has been noticeable, with many
of their supervisors agreeing that the presence of MPSN interns in US
Congressional offices fosters a very positive image of Muslim Americans.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$74,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Our fellows are American-Muslim students from across the United States who participate in our Summer Fellowship Program in Washington, DC.

Funding Needs

The Muslim Public Service Network is requesting $75,000 per year to cover the costs with paid staff, we aim to continue to improve the professionalism of MPSN, upgrade the MPSN website and outreach materials, develop more strategic partnerships with organizations in DC, and continue to support the next generation of Muslim leaders in public service.

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Muslim Public Service Network

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Principal Officer

Zahreen Ghaznavi

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Zahreen Ghaznavi

U.S. Department of Education

Term: Feb 2011 - Feb 2014

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