Congressional Internship Program
During CHCI’s 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.
Gain Legislative Experience in Washington, D.C.
CHCI Interns learn firsthand about how the legislative system works, spending four days each week (Monday-Thursday) working on Capitol Hill. Usually, you are placed with a member of Congress who serves a district in your home state performing meaningful work:
- responding to constituent inquiries
- writing policy briefs
- conducting research for legislative aides
- attending committee meetings and policy briefings
On Fridays, you will join your 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. During these weekly sessions, your participation in timely discussions of issues facing the Latino community will help you explore a variety of topics that face emerging leaders while building a strong relationships that you can rely on throughout your career.
Choose a Summer or Semester Internship
With CHCI internships offered year-round, you can apply for the program that best fits your college timeline and schedule. Your school may even give you academic credit for your internship experience.
Connect with Powerful Latino Leaders
During your internship, you will meet incredibly accomplished Latino leaders—including CHCI Alumni—who are dedicated to improving the Latino community. Leaders from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including Capitol Hill, Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, nonprofits, and other organizations that support Latino education and leadership development, will spend time mentoring you.
Grow Your Professional Network
The time you spend in CHCI’s Congressional Internship Program will help build your professional network, which will help open doors upon graduation. This includes building relationships with the CHCI Alumni Association, a network of nearly 3,300 Latino professionals located across the country who are ready to support you in achieving your dreams.
Commit to Civic Engagement
As a CHCI Intern, you will participate in both individual and group service hours to give back to the local community. Through this participation, you will better understand how important it is to remain socially involved and “pay it forward” for the next generation of Latino leaders.
Build Strong Friendships
CHCI Interns come to D.C. from across the country and Puerto Rico. You will meet fellow Latinos from different heritages and backgrounds—learning as much from each other as you do from the program. As you work together, discuss issues, attend events, serve the community, and spend time exploring the nation’s capital, you will build bonds that will last beyond the internship program.