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Latino Hill Staff Academy

Experience: Capitol Hill Staffers
Application Launch: December 1, 2023
Application Deadline: January 1, 2025
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The Latino Hill Staff Academy (LHSA) is a non-partisan, bicameral leadership program dedicated to the professional and leadership development of Latino/a/x Capitol Hill Staffers, at every role and level, in the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives.

This is a non-partisan, bicameral leadership program dedicated to the professional and leadership development of Latinos on Capitol Hill. Applications must be current DC Hill staff or former staff with a strong desire to return to the Hill.

Through both in-person and virtual learning sessions, program participants will expand their network, engage in professional development opportunities, fine tune their leadership and management skills, and work toward their career advancement.

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ACADEMY SCHEDULE

  • Welcome Reception February 23, 2024 (In-Person) 
  • Session 1: Day 1 February 24, 2024 (In-Person) 
  • Session 2: Module 1 February 2024 (Virtual)
  • Session 3: Module 2 March 2024 (Virtual) 
  • Session 4: Mid-point connection TBD (In-Person)
  • Session 5: Module 3 April 2024 (Virtual) 
  • Session 6: Module 4 May 2024 (Virtual)
  • Session 7: Day 3 June 1, 2024 (In-Person)
  • Celebration Reception June 4, 2024 (In-Person)

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • Increase your influence, impact and management skills to gain a competitive edge in your current and future roles on and off the Hill through skill-based learning strategies that support you in navigating dynamic spaces
  • Cultivate authentic professional relationships by engaging with innovative leaders from various backgrounds and expand your network through the exclusive CHCI alumni and program network.
  • Gain a competitive edge in current and future roles by increasing your influence, impact, and management skills through skill-based learning strategies tailored for navigating dynamic spaces.
  • Strategically develop a career-focused mobility plan based on foundational components like resume building and enhancing your LinkedIn presence. Gain insights from current and former Hill staff, engage in career coaching and increase your financial literacy

PROGRAM BENEFITS  

As part of a cohort, you will:

  • Engage in a hybrid learning environment through in-person leadership/professional development sessions and self-paced online modules
  • Hear from public and private leaders through exclusive panels and special guest sessions
  • Connect with fellow cohort members, current and former congressional staff, and guest speakers to expand your leadership abilities and network 
  • Participate in mentorship pairing program (both peer mentoring and mentorship with former staff) 
  • Gain skills to support you in navigating the Hill
  • Receive career guidance, as well as resume feedback and coaching   

The Academy is designed to provide hill staffers with content to support their current and future roles. Participants will participate in breakout sessions that will allow for hill staff (i.e., Chief of Staff, Legislative Assistant, etc.) to collaborate with each other and build upon practices.

Upon completion of the Academy, you will receive a certificate and become part of the CHCI Alumni Association. 

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

Participants of all levels (e.g. Chief of Staff, Committee Professional Staff, Legislative Assistant, Legislative Correspondent, Staff Assistant, etc.) who:

  • Are committed to public service
  • Are self-motivated lifelong learners with an open mind
  • Are committed to developing their management and leadership skills
  • Seek to exchange constructive dialogue with diverse perspectives of other highly motivated individuals that drive purposeful change
  • Are self-driven to increase their professional skill sets, to achieve professional excellence and advance their career mobility 

Applicants must:

  • Be a full-time staff currently working on Capitol Hill, in any role (e.g. Chief of Staff, Committee Professional Staff, Legislative Assistant, Legislative Correspondent, Staff Assistant, etc.).  Former Hill staff who are or have transitioned from their roles and have a strong desire to return to the Hill may also apply.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, asylee, or individual who is 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. International students on F-1 or M-1 visas are not eligible for CHCI programs.

FAQS

Applications for the Latino Hill Staff Academy will open on December 1, 2023 and close on January 12, 2025.

The CHCI Latino Hill Staff Academy recommends that you be a full-time staff employed by the United States Congress, in any role (e.g. Staff Assistant to Chief of Staff); consideration will be made for those who are or have experienced a transition of the Hill and have a strong interest in returning to the Hill.

Yes. More than one applicant from the same office is welcome to apply to the Academy.

Yes. CHCI alumni are welcome to apply to the program.

Yes. Please apply and let CHCI know of any changes in your employment status. Consideration will be made for those in transition who aspire to or have a strong interest in returning to employment on the Hill.

A complete application consists of:

  • Demographic Information
  • One essay question (500 words max.)
  • PDF version of your resume or your curriculum vitae

There is no interview involved. We will, however, schedule a call with all applicants accepted into the program to learn more about what you expect to learn and gain from the academy.

Please see your individual office policy on participating in professional development opportunities with organizations off the Hill.

CHCI understands the demands of working on Capitol Hill. This program was designed to meet the needs of staffers by combining both in-person and virtual, asynchronous learning sessions. We highly encourage you to attend the learning sessions, however, if you can not make a session, please let us know as soon as possible.

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