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For the 2020-2021 program year (August 31, 2020 – May 28, 2021), CHCI is offering a selection of Public Policy and STEM Public Policy Fellowships. These Fellowships seek to enhance participants’ leadership and professional skills, expand their network and ultimately produce more competent and competitive Latino professionals in public policy areas and careers aimed at making a difference for Latino communities. 

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

2020-2021 Public Policy Fellowship

CHCI is seeking to offer exceptional Latinos with recent undergraduate 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 Public Policy 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 Public Policy Fellows have included:

  • The offices of Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard and Senator Robert Menendez
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor 
  • Center for Responsible Lending, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and National Education Association. 

As part of the Fellowship, Fellows also participate in CHCI’s exceptional nationally-acclaimed leadership development training program and write a policy brief on a topic of their choice. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a degree, work and/or volunteer experience related to, and demonstrated leadership and passion for, addressing issues faced by the Latino community. While no specific degrees are required, recent Public Policy Fellows have had degrees in Political Science, Public Policy, Government, Public Health, Non-Profit Management, International Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Latin American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Spanish, Economics, Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Marketing, Journalism, and Film and Television.

Testimonial from a past Fellow:

“As an immigrant and the first person in my family to obtain a university degree, the most important impact the CHCI Public Policy Fellowship Program has had on me is providing me with the chance to expand my view and understanding of the world and the opportunities available to me. Growing up, my mother instilled in me the desire to pursue my dreams and the desire to serve. The Fellowship – through its programming, training, and placements – opened my eyes to the endless possibilities and career opportunities for a driven and service-oriented young Latina professional like me. I was especially moved by how the program exposed me to the top events and professionals in the Washington, D.C. area and by the one-on-one dedication to my personal growth that I received. Thanks to the Fellowship, I am now better equipped to pursue these opportunities and I have reaffirmed that there are no limits on what I can accomplish to better myself and my community.”

– Jessica Valdes Garcia, 2018-2019 CHCI-PepsiCo Foundation Pre-Law Public Policy Fellow, Staff Assistant/Legislative Correspondent in the office of U.S. Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

2020-2021 STEM Public Policy Fellowship

** Please note: all applicants to the STEM Public Policy Fellowship will automatically be considered for the general Public Policy Fellowship as well. There is no need to complete two applications.** 

CHCI is seeking to offer exceptional Latinos with recent undergraduate academic degrees from across the country unparalleled exposure to a professional experience in the public policy arena and utilizing STEM expertise to make a difference through a paid nine-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. Our Fellows sit at the table with our nation’s policy makers and influencers to tackle societal challenges in cyber security, oil & gas, renewable energy, space exploration, technological innovation and more. CHCI Public Policy 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 STEM Public Policy Fellows have included:

  • The offices of Representatives Ro Khanna, Tony Cardenas, and Senator Robert Menendez
  • U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; U.S. House Committee on Armed Services; U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection & Innovation; U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources
  • U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Environmental Defense Fund and U.S. Green Building Council

As part of the Fellowship, Fellows participate in CHCI’s exceptional leadership development training program and write a policy brief on a topic of their choice. 

This experience can help Fellows’ careers along any number of career paths, whether in the for profit, public or nonprofit sectors. STEM expertise 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 work in areas such as government regulation and compliance, energy systems, environmental control and sustainability, technology development, telecommunications, aerospace, product development and safety, and more. 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. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a degree, work and/or volunteer experience related to STEM, and demonstrated leadership and passion for addressing STEM-related issues faced by the Latino community. While no specific degrees are required, recent STEM Public Policy Fellows have had degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Global Environmental Change & Sustainability, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Business Information Systems, Business Administration and Management. Applicants with degrees in other areas, such as computer science, information technology, finance, econometrics, telecommunications, computer engineering, petroleum engineering, electrical power engineering, marine engineering, industrial engineering, aeronautical engineering, geophysics, environmental management, sustainable development and quantitative analysis, are encouraged to apply.

CHCI has at least three sponsors for STEM Public Policy Fellows – including Shell Oil Company, BP and Chevron – who are specifically interested in Fellows who have completed degrees in the STEM fields and are themselves interested in energy issues (related to oil & gas, clean energy and/or renewable energy, etc.). While all STEM majors will be considered for these particular sponsored STEM Public Policy Fellowships, preference will be given to those with a focus on energy.

Testimonials from past Fellows:

“CHCI allowed me to use my engineering background and bring a refreshing perspective to my office. I had the opportunity to work on public policy issues ranging from drought to renewable energy to STEM education and workforce development programs.”

Eric Hernandez, 2013-2014 CHCI-BP Foundation STEM Public Policy Fellow, Government Practice Program Manager at BlueLabs Analytics

“My participation as a STEM Fellow gave me the opportunity to write my first of many memos and to create the foundation for continued partnerships between the Hill and NGOs. My mentors at the Environmental Defense Fund and Rep. Cárdenas’ office provided me with the resources, support and confidence to excel within the world of policy.”

Andy Vargas, 2016-2017 CHCI-BP STEM Public Policy Fellow, Legislative Correspondent in the office of Senator Kamala Harris