What We Do
The New Jersey Leadership Program’s fellowship program offers South Asian youth the ability to engage in and learn about local government through a summer internship in the local Mayoral Office or City Agency. This internship is supplemented by a weekly speaker series, networking events, and career mentoring. Additionally, fellows are expected to complete a civic engagement project by the end of their fellowship that strives to make a positive social impact in their community. The fellowship program is currently open to high school and college students.
Who We Are
Amit Jani, Founder
Amit currently serves as a Congressional Aide for the U.S. House of Representatives in New Jersey. In this capacity, he works to build community relations, plans programs important to residents in the district, and serves as a liaison for constituents and community stakeholders to federal, state, and local government agencies, and the private sector. He also serves as a County Director for the South Asian American Caucus within the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.
Prior to this role, he worked in a legislative capacity for Congresswoman Judy Chu in Washington, D.C. He also worked with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), working on issues including education, civil rights and South-Asian affairs. He has prior experience working for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), New Jersey State Legislature, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ. Amit has also served as Committeeman for the Middlesex County Democratic Committee.
Given the lack of South-Asian American representation in government and politics, Amit was inspired to increase this presence to match the involvement of this community in other sectors, and in proportion to South Asian American presence in the United States. He was motivated to build a pipeline for South-Asian American youth to get involved in government and politics through programs he took part in during college, specifically the Washington Leadership Program (WLP), as well as the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and the South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) Youth Leadership Institute.
Amit is a native of Jersey City, where he currently resides. He is also an alumnus of Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey and a proud Scarlet Knight.