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Graduate Fellowship Program

CHCI Graduate Fellows 2016-17

CHCI is accepting applications for its nationally acclaimed Graduate Fellowship Program!

2017 Fellowship Deadlines:
Graduate Fellowship: February 3, 2017
Public Policy Fellowship: February 10, 2017

2016-2017 Fellowship Program Dates: August 2016 - May 2017

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Begin Your Career in Public Policy with CHCI

CHCI’s Graduate Fellowship Program is designed for exceptional emerging Latino leaders who want to immerse themselves in a specific public policy area. This paid, nine-month fellowship will provide you with valuable work experience, access to powerful Latino network, and a chance to showcase your public policy knowledge on Capitol Hill.

Navigate Your Next Steps with Us

With CHCI’s fellowship, you plot your own path. Guided by CHCI, you will research opportunities to work in congressional offices, committees, federal agencies, or even the White House. Choose one that best matches your policy focus area—higher education, secondary education, health, housing, law, STEM—and consider changing your placement midway through the program to maximize your experience. In addition to working for members of Congress, graduate fellows have worked with these and other remarkable organizations:

  • American Petroleum Institute
  • American Public Health Association
  • Excelencia in Education
  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • National Urban League
  • Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
  • Service Employees International Union
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. House Committee on Financial Services
  • U.S. House Democratic Caucus
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Immerse Yourself in Public Policy

The Graduate Fellowship Program provides a deeper dive into public policy. You will immerse yourself by spending four days each week (Monday-Thursday) learning all facets of public policy, working with colleagues on significant projects. You will spend invaluable time understanding how effective policy is created and implemented, building on what you learned in your graduate studies.

On Fridays, you will join other fellows 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. Weekly programming will refine your leadership skills, affirm your career goals and focus area, and allow you the opportunity to spend quality time discussing policy issues of national concern. You will gain experience proposing effective policy solutions by critically examining all sides and implications of these issues. The service component of the program will help you understand how important it is to remain socially involved and “pay it forward” for the next generation of Latino leaders.

Access Latino Leaders Dedicated to Change

During the nine-month program, you will have extraordinary access to a myriad of professionals from a variety of industries, who generously give of their time as guest speakers and mentors. You will meet with national leaders who will engage you in meaningful dialogue about important issues—to the Latino community and our nation. You will also build vital relationships with the CHCI Alumni Association, a network of more than 3,100 Latino professionals located across the country, who are ready to support you in achieving your dreams. Past speakers have included:

  • David Brooks, Political and Cultural Commentator, The New York Times
  • Julián Castro, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Jeh Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Tom Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor
  • Anne Marie Slaughter, President & CEO, New America Foundation

Organize A Timely Policy Briefing

One of the distinguishing features of CHCI’s Graduate Fellowship Program is the Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series. As part of the program, you will research a public policy issue that relates to the Latino community in your specific area of study. You will then write an analytical white paper that is presented during the Capitol Hill Briefings. Based on your topic, you will identify relevant subject matter experts to serve as panelists, organize your briefing and moderate the session—all of which are tremendous experiences that benefit your career in public policy. Additionally, select white papers may be chosen for publication in The Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, which is an incredible honor to add to your résumé.

View Past Graduate Fellows' White Papers

Your Success Story Continues with CHCI

You’ve already mastered your academic studies and proven you’re a leader. Take your career to the next level by applying for a CHCI Graduate Fellowship today. Click here to learn about Eligibility and Program Details.

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