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For the 2022-2023 program year (August 29, 2022 – May 26, 2023), 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 — equity, technology, K-12 education, health, nutritional health, housing, environmentalism — 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,  Bristol Myers Squibb and API Fellows work in their sponsor’s office for the second half). Fellows also participate in CHCI’s exceptional leadership development training program, write an issue 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 apply.chci.org to begin your application.

2022-2023 Facebook Graduate Fellowship

CHCI offers exceptional Latinos with advanced academic degrees from across the country unparalleled exposure to a professional experience in the public policy arena through a paid nine-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. CHCI Facebook Graduate Fellows strengthen their policy skills through hands-on experience working for 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.

Recent placements for Facebook Graduate Fellows have included:

  • The Office of Senator Tom Udall
  • Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
  • American Civil Liberties Union and Center for American Progress

As part of the Fellowship, Fellows also participate in CHCI’s exceptional leadership development training program, write an issue brief, and develop/execute a Capitol Hill policy briefing.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a degree, work and/or volunteer experience related to technology, computer science, engineering, marketing or communications, and/or political campaigns, and demonstrated leadership and passion for addressing issues faced by the Latino community.

2022-2023 Environmental Innovation Graduate Fellowship

CHCI offers exceptional Latinos with advanced academic degrees from across the country unparalleled exposure to a professional experience in the public policy arena through a paid nine-month fellowship in Washington, D.C.. We are seeking a graduate fellow interested in evaluating how advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, when combined with smart public policy, can come together to develop workable, data-endorsed solutions to solve some of the toughest environmental challenges we face. 

The CHCI Microsoft Environmental Innovation Graduate Fellow will strengthen their policy skills through hands-on experience working for 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 part of the Fellowship, Fellows also participate in CHCI’s exceptional leadership development training program, write an issue brief, and develop/execute a Capitol Hill policy briefing.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a degree and/or work experience in any facet of the nexus between technology, public policy and environmentalism and demonstrated leadership and passion for addressing issues faced by the Latino community. The fellow will be asked to allow their passions to drive the direction of their fellowship; Whether that be exploring how best advanced technology can be harnessed to create more accurate climate predictions, to develop a sustainable and nutritious food supply for a growing global population or to accelerate the discovery, monitoring, and protection of biodiversity across our planet, just to cite a few examples.

2022-2023 Child Welfare Graduate Fellowship

CHCI offers exceptional Latinos with advanced academic degrees from across the country unparalleled exposure to a professional experience in the public policy arena in child welfare (including foster care, adoption, kinship care) and serving families at-risk of entering foster care through a paid nine-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. CHCI Child Welfare Graduate Fellows strengthen their policy skills through hands-on experience working for 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. Potential placements for this fellowship include:

  • U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, U.S. House Financial Services and various other committees.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

As part of the Fellowship, Fellows also participate in CHCI’s exceptional leadership development training program, write an issue brief, and develop/execute a Capitol Hill policy briefing related to the child welfare issues above.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a degree, work and/or volunteer experience related to serving vulnerable children and families and demonstrated leadership in addressing such issues faced by the Latino community. No specific degrees are required, but dedication and passion for helping families within their communities is greatly encouraged.  

2022-2023 Social Equity Graduate Fellowship

For over 40 years, CHCI has empowered Latino leaders and their communities to make a positive impact in our nation’s politics, culture, and society – yet, we know there is still work to be done. From inadequate healthcare, educational and financial disparities, and a lack of representation at all levels of government, Latinos are disproportionately impacted by the stark inequality that exists in this country. For the nearly quarter of Latinos in America who identify as Afro-Latino, these negative effects can be even more profound. 

CHCI offers exceptional Latinos with advanced academic degrees from across the country unparalleled exposure to a professional experience in the public policy arena through a paid nine-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. The CHCI Social Equity Graduate Fellow will strengthen their policy skills through hands-on experience working for 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 part of the Fellowship, Fellows also participate in CHCI’s exceptional leadership development training program, write an issue brief, and develop/execute a Capitol Hill policy briefing.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a degree, work and/or volunteer experience related to creating more equitable outcomes for Latinos in any policy area, and demonstrated leadership and passion for addressing issues faced by the Latino community.

2022-2023 Housing Graduate Fellowship

CHCI offers exceptional Latinos with advanced academic degrees from across the country unparalleled exposure to a professional experience in the public policy arena of housing through a paid nine-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. CHCI Housing Graduate Fellows strengthen their policy skills through hands-on experience working for 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.

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. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, among other committees. 
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • The Urban Institute

As part of the Fellowship, Fellows also participate in CHCI’s exceptional leadership development training program, write a policy brief, and develop/execute a Capitol Hill policy briefing on housing.

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, social work or migration studies.

2022-2023 Energy Graduate Fellowship

CHCI is seeking a Graduate Fellow interested in the energy industry. After a first-half placement in a Congressional office, the API Graduate Fellow will work in the D.C. office of the American Petroleum Institute (API) for the second half of the program. At API, the Fellow will gain exposure to API’s work across research, advocacy and safety promotion. The Fellowship will be tailored to the Fellow’s background and interests, with work potentially in safety standards, digital and traditional media communications strategy, community engagement, policy research, and/or government relations.

Recent first-half Congressional placements for API Graduate Fellows have included:

  • U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
  • U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology
  • The Office of Senator Michael Bennet 
  • The Office if Congressman VIcente Gonzalez

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have an interest in energy issues (related to petrochemicals, clean energy, and/or renewable energy, infrastructure, new technologies, workforce, education, environmental impact and community safety, etc.) and have demonstrated leadership and passion for addressing energy issues faced by the Latino community. Candidates with a degree, work, and/or volunteer experience related to the field are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with degrees in political science, communications, engineering, law and the environment are encouraged to apply. Recent API Graduate Fellows have had degrees in Urban Planning, Regional Planning, Public Administration, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Environmental Science or Microbiology.  

This experience can help Fellows along any number of career paths, whether in the for profit, public or nonprofit sectors. STEM expertise, in particular, is in heavy demand in each. These include jobs in federal, state and local government or in public policy consulting firms, as well as helping companies deal with issues like government regulation and compliance, energy systems, environmental control and sustainability, product development and safety, and more. Gaining deeper insight into how policy and legislation are formed, institutions that shape commercial realities and strive to solve societal challenges, and how these issues are messaged through media and communities are engaged, offer incredible opportunities for Fellows to stand out in today’s job market. 

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

2022-2023 Education Graduate Fellowship

CHCI offers exceptional Latinos with advanced academic degrees from across the country unparalleled exposure to a professional experience in the public policy arena of K-12 education through a paid nine-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. CHCI Education Graduate Fellows strengthen their policy skills through hands-on experience working for 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.

Recent placements for Education Graduate Fellows have included:

  • The Offices of Senators Michael Bennet and Tammy Baldwin, 
  • The Offices of Representatives Eric Swalwell and Teresa Leger Fernandez
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor 
  • National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, UnidosUS, and National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

As part of the Fellowship, Fellows also participate in CHCI’s exceptional leadership development training program, write an issue brief, and develop/execute a Capitol Hill policy briefing on K-12 education.

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 educational 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, urban education policy, public policy and administration, education policy, and Mexican American studies.

2022-2023 Nutritional Health Graduate Fellowship

CHCI offers exceptional Latinos with advanced academic degrees from across the country unparalleled exposure to a professional experience in the public policy arena of nutritional health through a paid nine-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. CHCI Nutritional Health Graduate Fellows strengthen their policy skills through hands-on experience working for 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.

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 and U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor
  • U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Hispanic Medical Association

As part of the Fellowship, Fellows also participate in CHCI’s exceptional leadership development training program, write a policy brief, and develop/execute a Capitol Hill policy briefing on nutritional health.

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 social work.

2022-2023 Bristol Myers Squibb Health Graduate Fellowship

CHCI offers exceptional Latinos with advanced academic degrees from across the country unparalleled exposure to a professional experience in the public policy arena of health through a paid nine-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. CHCI Bristol Myers Squibb Health Graduate Fellows strengthen their policy skills through hands-on experience working for an office of their choice in Congress for the first half of the fellowship, and then in the D.C. office of Bristol-Myers Squibb for the second half.

Recent Hill 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, U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

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.

As part of the Fellowship, Fellows also participate in CHCI’s exceptional leadership development training program, write an issue brief, and develop/execute a Capitol Hill policy briefing on health.

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, epidemiology, global medicine, and health policy administration.

2022-2023 Health Graduate Fellowship

CHCI offers exceptional Latinos with advanced academic degrees from across the country unparalleled exposure to a professional experience in the public policy arena of health through a paid nine-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. CHCI Health Graduate Fellows strengthen their policy skills through hands-on experience working for 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.

Recent placements for Health Graduate Fellows have included:

  • The Offices of Representatives Raul Ruiz, Rosa DeLauro and Jan Schakowsky
  • The Office of Senator Ben Ray Lujan
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • American Hospital Association and American Public Health Association

As part of the Fellowship, Fellows also participate in CHCI’s exceptional leadership development training program, write a policy brief, and develop/execute a Capitol Hill policy briefing on health.

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.

2022-2023 Finance Graduate Fellowship

CHCI offers exceptional Latinos with advanced academic degrees from across the country unparalleled exposure to a professional experience in the public policy arena through a paid nine-month fellowship in Washington, D.C.. We  are seeking a graduate fellow interested in working on economic policy issues. 

The CHCI Bank of America Finance Graduate Fellow will strengthen their policy skills through hands-on experience working for 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.

Possible placements for Finance Graduate Fellows include:

  • Small Business Administration 
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
  • U.S. House Committee on Financial Services 

As part of the Fellowship, Fellows also participate in CHCI’s exceptional leadership development training program, write an issue brief, and develop/execute a Capitol Hill policy briefing.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a degree and/or work experience in economics, finance, business administration, and demonstrate leadership and passion for addressing issues faced by the Latino community.

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.