WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nation’s premier Hispanic educational and youth leadership development organization, launched a national campaign to recruit Hispanic students — undergraduate and graduate — for its nationally recognized youth development leadership programs. For the first time, applications for CHCI’s 2008 Congressional Internship, Public Policy Fellowship, Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship, and Scholarship Programs are now available online at www.chci.org
The Congressional Internship Program provides college students with Congressional placements on Capitol Hill, for a summer period of eight weeks from June to August 2008, and a winter period of twelve weeks from January to April 2009, to learn first-hand about our nation’s legislative processes. Housing, travel and $2,500 stipend are provided. The Congressional Internship Program application deadline is January 31, 2008.
CHCI’s Public Policy Fellowship Program, conducted from September 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 provided. The Public Policy Fellowship Program application deadline is March 1, 2008.
CHCI has expanded its fellowship program for graduates and young professionals. This program offers exceptional Latino graduates and young professionals unparalleled exposure to experience in the underserved public policy areas of Health, Housing, Law, and International Affairs. The fellowship is open to applicants with a graduate degree from an accredited educational institution or equivalent 3 years professional experience in 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 or Spain from May to July. Travel, health insurance and $2,700 monthly stipend provided. The Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship Program application deadline is March 1, 2008.
With more than $1million in need-based scholarships awarded to Hispanic students since 2001,CHCI’s Scholarship Programis available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a two–four year accredited college or university. Students pursuing 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, 2008.
To be eligible, all program applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, be a graduate or undergraduate student with a 3.0 GPA, have remarkable leadership potential, and have demonstrated a vast history and commitment to community and public service.
About Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders. The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic Members of Congress, nonprofit leaders and corporate executives. For more information call CHCI at (202)543-1771 or visit www.chci.org.