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CHCI Congressional Internship Program

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During Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) paid summer and semester internships, promising Latino undergraduate students experience what it’s like to work in a congressional office, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service. CHCI Interns learn firsthand about how the legislative system works, spending four days each week (Monday-Thursday) working on Capitol Hill. Usually, students are placed with a member of Congress who serves a district in their home state. On Fridays, students will join their cohorts for a full day of leadership development centered on CHCI’s four Pillars of Leadership—Civic Engagement, Social Responsibility, Self Empowerment, and Promoting Community and Hispanic Culture.

Students receive a $3,750 stipend for semester internships or a $2,500 stipend for summer internships, benefits, domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, DC; housing (all expenses covered); and academic credit (if applicable). Successful candidates show high academic achievement (preference of 3.0 GPA or higher); evidence of leadership skills and potential for leadership growth; demonstrated commitment to public service-oriented activities; superior analytical skills; and outstanding oral and written communication skills.

Award / Eligibility Details:

Students must currently be enrolled full time and working towards their undergraduate degree. Individuals that will graduate in the May or June prior to the Summer session are NOT eligible. Community college individuals graduating in June are eligible for the Summer session if they are transferring to a new institution come the Fall semester.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization. Note: Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application.

Deadline: Mid-April each year

Academic Level: Undergraduate

Type/Purpose: Internship / Professional Development, Public Service Program

Field of Study: All, Arts & Humanities, Business, Education / Teaching, Public Affairs / Policy, Social Sciences, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Location: United States

Citizenship eligibility: All, Foreign Citizen / International Student, Permanent Resident, US Citizen, US National

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