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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Congressional Internship Program

Who Can Apply: 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  - Undergraduate students โ€“ GPA of 3.0 or higher required โ€“ All Majors

Description: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) was established in 1978 by members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Latino leaders. The purpose of the program is to expose young Latinos to the legislative process and to strengthen their professional and leadership skills, ultimately promoting the presence of Latinos on Capitol Hill.

The Congressional Internship Program provides college students with a paid Congressional work placement on Capitol Hill for a period of twelve weeks (Fall) or eight weeks (Summer). This unmatched experience allows students to learn first hand about our nation's legislative process.

Promising Latino undergraduates from across the country are selected for this leadership training program.  Students gain work experience, participate in a community service project, and receive educational and professional programming provided by CHCI. This comprehensive three-prong approach provides extraordinary learning and networking opportunities for students

Program Requirements:

  • Work a minimum of 32 hours a week in congressional office assignment
  • Participate in all CHCI-sponsored activities
  • Attend one-week orientation and weekly leadership development sessions
  • Participate in the community service project
  • Comply with CHCI policies regarding work performance and personal conduct

Program Preferences: Preference will be given to candidates with the following characteristics:

  • High academic achievement (3.0 GPA or above)
  • Strong analytical and writing skills
  • Consistent active participation in public and/or community service activities

Award Amount: CHCI provides participants with: congressional office internship placement; domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, DC; housing; $3,750 stipend for spring and fall; and $3,125 stipend for summer; academic credit; and leadership training, networking, and more

National Deadlines:

Summer 2024 Internships:

  • Program Dates: May 22 โ€“ August 2, 2024
  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2023 (standing deadline)

Fall 2024 Internship:

  • Program Dates: August 24 - November 15, 2024
  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2024
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