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2019-2020 Fellowship Program Dates: August 26, 2019 – May 22, 2020
Application Deadline: January 15, 2019

CHCI Graduate Fellows will receive:

  • Professional work experience in Washington, DC
  • Benefits
    • A gross stipend of $27,500 for the duration of the nine-month fellowship (equivalent to a $34,800 annual salary)
    • $80 per month Metro stipend
    • Domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, D.C.
    • Professional Development Funds
    • Health Insurance Coverage (updated January, 2017): As a result of the Health Care Reform Act, individuals are now able to remain under their parent’s health insurance policies until they are 26 years old. For those participants who are older than 26 or who wish to receive health insurance coverage under CHCI’s health policy, CHCI will offer similar health insurance benefits available to permanent CHCI employees.Please be advised that Fellows will be required to pay a monthly premium during the course of their fellowship. The insurance is available to the Fellow only and not dependents of the Fellow.
    • Optional short-term housing. CHCI secures and individuals reimburse CHCI for this service
  • Weekly leadership training, networking and more

Program Requirements

  • Work a minimum of 32 hours a week at placement site
  • Attend a one-week orientation and weekly leadership development sessions and participate in a retreat
  • Participate in all CHCI-sponsored activities
  • Complete 24 hours of community service, including a group community service project
  • Develop and execute a policy briefing to promote public policy issues of importance to Latinos
  • Research, write and potentially publish a public policy paper connected with the topic of your policy briefing
  • Comply with CHCI policies regarding work performance and personal conduct

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must have completed a master’s degree or J.D. prior to the program start date (doctoral students are NOT eligible to apply)
  • 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 that is valid throughout the program.
  • All individuals are welcome to apply. However, preference will be given to individuals with financial need.
  • Family members of members of the CHCI Board of Directors, Advisory Council and Staff are prohibited from participating in any of CHCI’s charitable programs. “Family members” include the following individuals whether the relationship is biological or adoptive:
    • Immediate Family – to include a spouse, domestic partner, ex-spouse, parent, step-parent, sibling, half-sibling, step-sibling, child, step-child, grandparent, grandchild;
    • Extended family – to include a niece, nephew, uncle, aunt, first cousin.
    • Applications by such family members will not be considered.

Selection Process

The selection process is competitive. Annually, CHCI receives about twenty applications for every one available fellowship. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee composed of program alumni, members of the CHCI Board of Directors and Advisory Council, and CHCI staff. Only top candidates receive an invitation to interview for a select number of fellowship opportunities, based on the quality of their application and demonstrated interest in public policy.

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