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2020-2021 Fellowship Program Dates: August 31, 2020 – May 28, 2021
Application Deadline: January 30, 2020

CHCI Public Policy Fellows will receive:

  • Work Experience in Washington, D.C.
  • Competitive Pay
    Over the course of nine months, Public Policy Fellows will receive a gross stipend amount of 26,100. This salary is in line with that of an individual making $34,800 per year, a standard entry level salary on Capitol Hill.
  • Benefits
    • Stipend or voucher to subsidize domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, D.C.
    • Medical, dental, and vision insurance during the program. CHCI pays 100% of the premiums for the medical, dental, and vision insurance. All program participants MUST participate in the plan and will be required to submit relevant enrollment information. Coverage beings effective September 1 and runs through May 31. Information about the insurance plan, coverage and co-pays provided during orientation week. Please note, insurance is available to the Fellow only and not dependents of the Fellow.
    • $80 per month Metro Stipend.
    • Options short-term housing. CHCI secures and individuals reimburse for this services.
  • 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
  • Participate in a community service project
  • Complete 32 hours of community service
  • Comply with CHCI policies regarding work performance and personal conduct

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree within three years of the program start date
  • 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
      • NOTE: Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA) policy must be eligible to work and possess valid employment authorization at the time of acceptance, and must maintain continuous lawful employment authorization for the duration of the program for which the person is applying.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. International students on F-1 or M-1 visas are not eligible for CHCI programs.
  • All individuals are welcome to apply. However, preference will be given to individuals with financial need.
  • Family members of CHCI Board or Advisory Board Members are prohibited from participating in any of CHCI’s charitable programs (e.g., scholarships, internships, etc.). Applications by such family members will not be considered.
    • Note: “Family members” include the following individuals regardless of whether the relationship is biological or adoptive:
      • Immediate family – includes spouse, domestic partner, ex-spouse, parents, siblings, half-siblings, children, stepchildren, grandparents, grandchildren, step-parents, step-siblings
      • Related by marriage – includes son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law
      • Extended family, either natural or by marriage – includes nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and first cousins

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.w