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For the 2020-2021 program year (August 31, 2020 – May 28, 2021), CHCI is offering a selection of Graduate Fellowships to exceptional Latinos with advanced academic degrees from across the country. Graduate Fellows gain unparalleled exposure and professional experience in a public policy focus area —K-12 education, energy, health, nutritional health or housing—and how to utilize their expertise to make a difference through a paid nine-month Fellowship in Washington, D.C. Graduate Fellows strengthen their policy skills through hands-on work in an office of their choice in Congress for the full nine months or opting to work the second half of the program in a Federal agency, national nonprofit or think tank (as noted below, Energy and Bristol-Myers Squibb Health Graduate Fellows work in their sponsor’s office for the second half). Fellows also participate in CHCI’s exceptional leadership development training program, write a policy brief, and develop/execute a Capitol Hill policy briefing related to their Fellowship policy focus area. This experience can help Fellows along any number of career paths, whether in the public, for profit or nonprofit sectors. Gaining deeper insight into how policy and legislation are formed, and institutions that shape commercial realities and strive to solve societal challenges, offer incredible opportunities for Fellows to stand out in today’s job market and accelerate their rise as leaders. 

Expand the openings below to learn more about these available Fellowships. Click “Apply Now” on this page or visit https://apply.chci.org to begin your application.

2020-2021 Education Graduate Fellowship

CHCI is seeking Graduate Fellows interested in K-12 education. Recent placements for Education Graduate Fellows have included: 

  • The offices of Senators Michael Bennet and Tammy Baldwin, and Representatives Eric Swalwell and Ben Ray Luján
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
  • National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, and National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a degree, work and/or volunteer experience related to K-12 education issues and demonstrated leadership and passion for addressing education issues faced by the Latino community. While no specific degrees are required, recent Education Graduate Fellows have had degrees in Elementary Education, Teaching in Bilingual Education, Instructional Technology and Media, Urban Education Policy, Experimental Psychology, Public Policy and Administration, Public Works Administration and Mexican American Studies.

2020-2021 Energy Graduate Fellowship

CHCI is seeking Graduate Fellows interested in energy. Energy Graduate Fellows work in the D.C. office of the American Petroleum Institute for the second half of the program. Recent first-half Capitol Hill placements for Energy Graduate Fellows have included:

  • U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
  • U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources
  • U.S. House Committee on Science, Space & Technology

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a degree, work and/or volunteer experience in energy issues (related to oil & gas, clean energy, and/or renewable energy, etc.) and demonstrated leadership and passion for addressing energy issues faced by the Latino community. While no specific degrees are required, recent Energy Graduate Fellows have had degrees in Urban Planning, Regional Planning, Public Administration, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Environmental Science or Microbiology.

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST FELLOWS:

“Starting my career in the oil and gas industry in Washington, D.C., has given me tremendous insight on the external drivers that may impact our operations in the industry. Now working outside the Beltway, I understand the importance of operating safely, reliably and in an environmentally responsible manner, which in turn also influences decision-making in our nation’s capital.”

  • Omar De Leon, 2011-2012 CHCI-API Energy Graduate Fellow, Systems & Process Manager at ExxonMobil

“The CHCI-API congressional fellowship provided me with the opportunity to work on Capitol Hill developing federal legislative strategies. I am prepared to use my scientific background to formulate public policy that improves the management and conservation of our natural resources for current and future generations.” 

  • Dr. Gabriela Sosa, 2015-2016 CHCI-API Energy Graduate Fellow 2015–2016, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Restoration Ecology at Texas A&M

“CHCI introduced me to experiences I would have not traditionally been exposed to as an engineer, let alone as a Latino engineer. I was able to work on Capitol Hill as part of a Senate committee and also work at one of the Nation’s largest trade associations. These experiences granted me key insights as to how government and industry work together.”

  • Daniel Lind, 2013-2014 CHCI-API Energy Graduate Fellow, Safety Compliance Engineer at U.S. Department of Transportation

2020-2021 Bristol-Myers Squibb Health Graduate Fellowship

CHCI is seeking Graduate Fellows interested in health. Bristol-Myers Squibb Health Graduate Fellows work in the D.C. office of Bristol-Myers Squibb for the second half of the program.

Recent first-half Capitol Hill placements for Health Graduate Fellows have included:

  • The offices of Representatives Rosa DeLauro and Jan Schakowsky
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions 

In the D.C. office of Bristol-Myers Squibb, the Fellow will focus on policy issues related to access to medicine and bringing treatments to market, with an emphasis on services related to oncology, immunology and cardiovascular health, among others. Policy work will include the regulatory environment related to the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and/or Medicare as well as Food and Drug Administration governance of clinical trials and approval of drugs. The Fellow will participate in policy analysis and research, and will have the opportunity to attend panels, briefings and events supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb. They will also have the opportunity to engage with Bristol-Myers Squibb’s People Business Resource Groups, which are aimed at sustaining a culture of inclusion and diversity to achieve the company’s patient-focused mission.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a degree, work and/or volunteer experience related to health issues and demonstrated leadership and passion for addressing health issues faced by the Latino community. While no specific degrees are required, recent Health Graduate Fellows have had degrees in Public Health in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Global Medicine and Health Policy and Administration.

2020-2021 Health Graduate Fellowship

CHCI is seeking Graduate Fellows interested in health. Recent placements for Health Graduate Fellows have included:

  • The offices of Representatives Raul Ruiz, Rosa DeLauro, and Jan Schakowsky
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • American Hospital Association and American Public Health Association

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a degree, work and/or volunteer experience related to health issues and demonstrated leadership and passion for addressing health issues faced by the Latino community. While no specific degrees are required, recent Health Graduate Fellows have had degrees in Public Health, Health Behavior and Health Education, Global Medicine, Health Policy and Administration, Health Services Administration, and Social Work.

TESTIMONIAL FROM A PAST FELLOW:

“Representation matters. Being in a room full of smart, influential, and powerful people that look like you will forever change you. That is what the CHCI fellowship did for me. Through working in a Congressional office, leadership training, and the access to a strong network of alumni and mentors, my career was propelled in ways I never thought possible for a child of immigrants. As a result of the learning and opportunities afforded to me by the CHCI fellowship I can continue representing the needs of my Latino community in the world of healthcare.”

  • Bricia Santoyo, 2017-2018 PepsiCo Preventative Health Graduate Fellow

2020-2021 Nutritional Health Graduate Fellowship

CHCI is seeking Graduate Fellows interested in nutritional health. Recent placements for Nutritional Health Graduate Fellows have included:

  • The offices of Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Kim Schrier
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; U.S. House Committee on Agriculture; U.S. Agency for International Development; U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • National Hispanic Medical Association

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a degree, work and/or volunteer experience related to nutritional health issues and demonstrated leadership and passion for addressing nutritional health issues faced by the Latino community. While no specific degrees are required, recent Nutritional Health Graduate Fellows have had degrees in Agriculture and Environmental Education; Gastronomy; Family and Consumer Science; Dietetics; Health Behavior and Health Education; Public Health; and Business Administration.

2020-2021 Housing Graduate Fellowship

CHCI is seeking Graduate Fellows interested in housing. Recent placements for Housing Graduate Fellows have included:

  • The office of Representative Raúl Grijalva
  • U.S. House Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House Financial Services Committee, U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • The Urban Institute

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a degree, work and/or volunteer experience related to housing issues and demonstrated leadership and passion for addressing housing issues faced by the Latino community. While no specific degrees are required, recent Housing Graduate Fellows have had degrees in Urban Planning, Regional Planning, Public Administration or Migration Studies.

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST FELLOWS:


“I am very thankful for CHCI since the program was crucial in launching my public policy career. I view the CHCI network as a network of friends, allies and mentors ready to help young Latinos reach bigger and better career attainments. Through CHCI, I was able to move across the country to D.C. as a fellow and make critical connections and pick up new skill sets by doing my placements on and off the Hill. These lasting connections continue to be vital for me as the Executive Director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.”

  • Alma Acosta, 2012-2013 CHCI Housing Graduate Fellow, Executive Director at Congressional Hispanic Caucus

“Through both of my fellowship placements, I gained an essential, more holistic understanding of domestic housing policies, as well as expanded my introductory knowledge on the complex financial systems that impact access to housing among communities of color and the importance of consumer protections. My experience with CHCI has been absolutely invaluable and I look forward to continuing to grow as a Latina professional in housing and urban policy.”

  • Alia Fierro, 2016-2017 CHCI-Wells Fargo Housing Graduate Fellow, Professional Staff Member for U.S. House Committee on Financial Services