Friday, September 25, 2009

Students: Apply for Leadership Opportunities in D.C.

I received a message from Julio Costa with all the details about the applications for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. Take a look at Julio's profile, read carefully what they're looking for, and make yourself shine in your application. These are wonderful opportunities!


CHCI Program Applications
Now Available Online

CHCI is recruiting Hispanic American students - undergraduate and graduate - for its nationally recognized leadership development programs.

Applications for CHCI's 2010 Congressional Internship, Public Policy Fellowship, Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship, and Scholarship Programs are now available online at

The Congressional Internship Program provides college students with Congressional work placements on Capitol Hill to learn first-hand about our nation's legislative process. CHCI is proud to announce that with the generous support of Walmart, it is expanding its Congressional Internship Program from a summer program to three semesters throughout the year.

The Congressional Internship Program application deadlines are:
Spring 2010 semester: November 13, 2009
Summer 2010: February 5, 2010
Fall 2010 semester: April 30, 2010

The twelve (fall and spring) and ten (summer) week summer internships include housing, roundtrip transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and a stipend of $3750 for semester participants and $2500 for summer interns.

CHCI's Public Policy Fellowship Program, conducted from August to May, provides college graduates with national, hands-on public policy experience in a congressional office, federal agency, nonprofit sector, or corporate setting. Travel, healthcare and $2,200 monthly stipend are provided. The Public Policy Fellowship Program application deadline is February 19, 2010.

CHCI's Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship Program offers unparalleled exposure to experience in the underserved public policy areas of health, housing, international affairs and law.

CHCI is also aggressively moving to provide opportunities for young Latinos who are interested in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Recently, CHCI announced its partnership with the Latino STEM Consortium to ensure that Latino youth will have opportunities to pursue internships, fellowships, and even a career working in the STEM industry in Washington, DC.

The fellowship is open to applicants with a graduate degree from an accredited educational institution or equivalent three years professional experience in a chosen policy field. This competitive program is comprised of a nine-month fellowship including a substantive work placement at a legislative subcommittee office, federal agency, national non-profit advocacy organization, or corporate office. The International Affairs Fellowship includes three months abroad in Mexico from February to April. Travel, health insurance and $2,700 monthly stipend are provided. The Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship Program application deadline is February 19, 2010.

With more than $1 million in need-based scholarships awarded to Hispanic students since 2001, CHCI's Scholarship Program is available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a two-four year accredited college or university. Students pursing an associate's degree may apply for a grant in the amount of $1,000; $2,500 for bachelors candidates; $5,000 for graduate students. The Scholarship Program application deadline is April 16, 2010.

To be eligible, all program applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, be a graduate or undergraduate student with remarkable leadership potential, and have demonstrated a vast history and commitment to community and public service.

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