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For the 2022-2023 program year (August 29, 2022 – May 26, 2023), 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. 

Available Fellowship Focus Areas: CHCI has several fellowships available for people with any major, as well as fellowships available for nutritional health, marketing and communications, journalism, business, economics, finance, accounting, international relations, and STEM (including oil and gas).

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.

2021-2022 Public Policy Fellowship

CHCI offers exceptional Latinos with recent undergraduate degrees 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 Lucille Roybal-Allard, Alexiandria Ocasio Cortez, Joe Neguse,, Rep. Joaquin Castro and  Jesus “Chuy” Garcia
  • The Offices of Senator Robert Menendez and Senator Alex Padilla
  • U.S. House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs and U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Center for Responsible Lending, American Civil Liberties Union, and Aspen Institute Latinos in Society Program

As part of the Fellowship, Fellows also participate in CHCI’s 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, international affairs, economics, industrial and labor relations, business administration, marketing, Latin American studies, accounting, journalism, and more.

TESTIMONIALS FROM A PAST FELLOWS:

“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 Associate, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Foreign Affairs.

“The CHCI Fellowship was truly a program that has allowed me to grow into a stronger leader. Since doing this fellowship, I have been placed into experience and situations that tested, grew, and improved my leadership, communication, and professional skills. I believe that this fellowship has allowed me to become more poised and grow into the leader I truly want to be for the Latino community.” 

Juan Diego Mazuera, 2020-2021 CHCI-Public Policy Fellow, Government Affairs, The

Century Foundation

2021-2022 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 offers exceptional Latinos with recent undergraduate degrees in STEM 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 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 and U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources
  • U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Energy
  • Environmental Defense Fund, Resources for the Future, the American Petroleum Institute and the Center for Democracy and Technology

CHCI STEM Public Policy Fellows bring much needed technical expertise to Capitol Hill, where many people start as generalists. As part of the Fellowship, Fellows also participate in CHCI’s leadership development training program and write a policy brief on a topic of their choice. While most of our STEM Fellows have less experience in public policy than our regular fellows, they quickly find that their expertise is valued highly and that the program helps them catch up quickly.

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:

  • Engineering: chemical, computer, industrial, mechanical engineering; 
  • Energy and the environment: petroleum engineering, sustainable development, geophysics, environmental science;
  • Health: biology, chemistry, neuroscience, public health; 
  • Technology: computer science, cybersecurity, data analytics, information technology, software development.