By CAROLINA VALDIVIA
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute is offering a paid Fellowship program that offers Latinos, who have earned a bachelor’s degree within two years of the program start date, the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the national level in public policy.
Fellows have the opportunity to work in congressional offices and federal agencies, depending on their area of interest. Some past focus areas have included international affairs, economic development, health and education policy, housing, or local government.
Here are some of the benefits of participating in the program:
- Work Experience in Washington, DC
- Great Pay
– Fellows will receive a payment of $2,400 minus required deductions including federal taxes, social security, and medicare upon arrival.
– The remaining 8 months will be spread out throughout the 20 remaining pay periods between August 19, 2016 and May 12, 2017. The bi-weekly pay will be $960.00 minus required deductions including federal, state, social security and medicare.
- Domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, DC
- Health Insurance Coverage (updated January, 2013): As a result of the Health Care Reform Act, individuals are now able to remain under their parent’s health insurance policies until they are 25 years old. However, for those that are older than 25 or who wish to receive health insurance coverage under CHCI’s health policy, CHCI will offer similar health insurance benefits that are available to permanent CHCI employees and be required to pay a monthly premium during the course of the fellowship. The insurance is available to the Fellow only and not dependents of the Fellow.
- Optional short-term housing. CHCI secures and individuals reimburse CHCI for this service
- Leadership Training, Networking and More
Here’s the eligibility criteria:
- Applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree within two 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
- 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.
- NOTE: Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application
- All individuals are welcome to apply. However, preference will be given to individuals with financial need.
To learn more about this amazing fellowship program and to apply, please visit their official website: 2016-2017 CHCI Public Policy Fellowship Program
Deadline to apply is February 12, 2016
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