Public Policy Fellowship Program
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Empower the Future Policymaker Within You
Begin your path toward becoming one of our nation’s future Latino policymakers. Recent college graduates can take advantage of this paid fellowship, which opens doors for talented young Latinos who are pursuing a career in public policy. You will spend nine months working in Washington, D.C., with significant exposure to leaders in congressional offices, federal agencies, national nonprofit advocacy organizations, government-related institutes, and more—growing both personally and professionally during your fellowship experience.
As a CHCI Public Policy Fellow, you will immerse yourself in the legislative process, spending four days each week (Monday-Thursday) learning all facets of public policy. 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. Your weekly programming will also prepare you to fully understand policy issues facing the Latino community and how to propose effective solutions by critically examining all sides and implications of these issues.
Build a Competitive Résumé
Your experience working as a CHCI Public Policy Fellow provides an impressive start to your professional résumé. Whether you want to remain in the public sector or take a position in the private sector, you will have unparalleled opportunities for meaningful work experience, outstanding leadership development, and establishing professional connections—with members of Congress, CHCI’s board, alumni and staff, supervisors and co-workers, and corporate partner liaisons, just to name a few—during your fellowship. In addition to working for members of Congress, fellows have worked with these and other remarkable organizations:
- American Bar Association
- U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives
- Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
- National Council of La Raza
- U.S. Department of the Interior
- U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
- Service Employees International Union
- White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Access Latino Leaders Dedicated to Change
During the nine-month program, you will have extraordinary access to a myriad of Latino professionals— including accomplished CHCI Alumni—from a variety of industries, who generously give of their time as guest speakers and mentors. You will have opportunities to get to know their stories of personal achievement as well as challenges they overcame to be successful in their fields.
Enhance Your Leadership Skills
Gain an advantage in your professional life. An integral part of CHCI’s Public Policy Fellowship is the leadership development component. Refine your leadership skills with weekly programming that will foster your professional growth. You will have access to national leaders who will engage you in meaningful dialogue about important issues—to the Latino community and our nation. 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 of the New America Foundation
Become More Socially Aware
Since you are considering a career in public policy, it’s likely you’re already interested in civic engagement. However, CHCI’s fellowship program allows you to take it one step further by connecting issues in the Latino community to viable service opportunities. As a CHCI Public Policy Fellow, you will participate in both individual and group community service hours to strengthen your understanding between policy and service. 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.
Establish Your Future Network
You will get to know your Public Policy Fellowship program participants extremely well. Many friendships that begin during the Public Policy Fellowship program last a lifetime as fellows often stay in touch over the course of their professional careers. 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.