Eligibility & Program Details

See what the CHCI Congressional Internship Program can offer you!

CHCI Interns receive:

  • Congressional Office Internship Placement
  • Great Pay: $3,750 (Semester), $2,500 (Summer)
  • Domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, DC
  • Housing (All Expenses Covered)
  • Academic Credit
  • Leadership Training, Networking and More

Program Requirements

CIP Ropes
  • 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 community service
  • Comply with CHCI policies regarding work performance and personal conduct

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students must currently be enrolled full time and working towards their undergraduate degree

    Note: If selected as a finalist, all individuals will be required to provide confirmation of enrollment to participate in the program.
  • Individuals that will graduate in the May or June prior to the Summer session are NOT eligible, but are eligible to participate in the Public Policy Fellowship Program.
  • Community college individuals graduating in June are eligible for the Summer session if they are transferring to a new institution come the Fall semester. If selected, they will be required to provide confirmation of enrollment at new institution for the Fall semester.
  • Students must currently be enrolled full time and working towards their undergraduate degree
  • High academic achievement (preference of 3.0 GPA or higher)
  • Evidence of leadership skills and potential for leadership growth
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service-oriented activities
  • Superior analytical skills, outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Applicants must be 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.

    Note: Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application
  • Family members of CHCI Board or Advisory Board Members are prohibited from participating in any of CHCI’s charitable programs (e.g., scholarships, internships, etc.). Applications by such family members will not be considered.

    Note: “Family members” include the following individuals regardless of whether the relationship is biological or adoptive:

    Immediate family – includes spouse, domestic partner, ex-spouse, parents, siblings, half-siblings, children, stepchildren, grandparents, grandchildren, step-parents, step-siblings

    Related by marriage – includes son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law

    Extended family, either natural or by marriage – includes nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and first cousins

Selection Process

The selection process is competitive. CHCI receives at 15 applications for every one available summer internship opportunity and five applications for every one available spring or fall internship opportunity. CHCI processes applications to identify the most qualified candidates. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee composed by Alumni, Board of Directors and CHCI staff. A selected number of applicants are chosen based on the quality of their application.

Note: All individuals are welcome to apply. However, it should be noted that preference will be given to individuals with financial need.