2019 Congressional Internship Application Deadlines:
• Spring 2020 – Deadline October 15, 2019
• Summer 2020 – Deadline December 1, 2019
• Fall 2020 – Deadline February 15, 2020
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 Congressional Interns learn firsthand how the legislative system works, spending four days each week working on Capitol Hill. Usually, interns are placed with a member of congress who serves a district in their home state performing meaningful work:
- responding to constituent inquiries
- writing policy briefs
- conducting legislative research on issues such as education, health, foreign affairs, defense, science & technology, and many more
- attending congressional hearings and policy briefings
On programming days, interns will have a full day centered on CHCI’s four Pillars of Leadership—Civic Engagement, Social Responsibility, Self Empowerment, and Promoting Community and Hispanic Culture. During these weekly sessions, participation in discussions surrounding issues that affect the Latino community will help interns explore a variety topics while building strong relationships that can help throughout their career. CHCI’s curriculum is centered around a graduate-level non-credit public policy course taught by The George Washington University Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute and Trachtenberg School of Public Policy.
Choose a Summer or Semester Internship
With CHCI internships offered year-round, students can apply for the program that best fits their college timeline and schedule. Their school may even offer academic credit for the internship experience.
Connect with Powerful Latino Leaders
CHCI interns will meet accomplished leaders—including CHCI Alumni— dedicated to improving the Latino community. These leaders come 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.
Grow Your Professional Network
During the Congressional Internship Program, interns build professional networks that open doors before and after graduation. This network includes the CHCI Alumni Association, made up of over 3,600 Latino professionals across the country who are ready to support each class in achieving their dreams.
Commit to Civic Engagement
CHCI interns will participate in both individual and group service hours to give back to the local D.C. community and better understand the importance of “paying it forward” for the next generation.
Build Strong Friendships
CHCI interns come to D.C. from across the country and Puerto Rico. They will meet fellow Latinos from different heritages and backgrounds—learning as much from each other as from the program. As they work together, serve the community, and explore the nation’s capital, interns will build bonds that will last beyond the program.