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Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) Appoints Legislative Intern 2014

Emerging non-profit expands efforts for advocacy

Washington, D.C. – The Federation of Jain Associations in North America ( recently announced that Vishal Mehta is participating in the JAINA legislative internship program (JALI).  JALI is a joint partnership between JAINA and the American Jewish Committee (AJC), that provides an opportunity for Jain students to learn about the government advocacy process in Washington, D.C.  Vishal comes with a wealth of experience within the legislative and political spheres, having worked on numerous political campaigns, and conducting research on non-profit organizations while attending The University of Michigan.  In addition, Vishal has spent three years on the executive board of The Young Jains of America (YJA).

Vishal’s work with JAINA and the AJC will involve preparing briefings for State Department officials, promoting Jain interests on Capitol Hill, working with officials to help strengthen Indo-American relations, and exploring opportunities to build relationships between the Jain community and AmeriCorps. “I am excited to start a new challenge as JAINA’s legislative intern this summer and to learn different advocacy and legislative skills from our colleagues at the American Jewish Committee.  I am fortunate to be joining such a respected organization that allows me to work with an unmatched legislative team,” Mehta said.

Dr. Sushil Jain, past JAINA president, said, “Vishal’s diverse skill set and relentless dedication to JAINA’s advocacy efforts makes him the perfect fit for this position.  I’m confident that Vishal will play a key role in JAINA’s advocacy efforts for years to come.”

About Vishal Mehta


“I applied for the JALI internship with the goal of completing an internship that meant more than just acquiring skills to use in the professional world.  I wanted an internship that would help connect me with my community while teaching me skills that I could use to further the outreach of the Jain community as well. 

The JALI internship has given me all of these things, enabling me to better myself from both a professional and personal point of view.”

Previous Interns

 Neil Shah, 2013
 Nisha Shah, 2013
 Ambika Pandya, 2012

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