CHCI Graduate Fellowship Program: Open to undocumented students with DACA


The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute is offering a nine month paid Fellowship Program where Latina/os who have earned at least a master’s degree within three years of the program start date will receive hands-on experience in the following public policy areas: higher education, secondary education, health, housing, law, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

The CHCI Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to enhance participants’ leadership abilities, strengthen professional skills and produce more competent and competitive Latino professionals.

Selected participants will receive:

  • Work Experience in Washington, D.C.
  • Great Pay
    – Fellows will receive a payment of $2,900 minus required deductions including federal  taxes, social security, and medicare upon arrival.
    – The remaining 8 months have been spread out throughout the 20 remaining pay periods between August 19, 2016 and May 12, 2017. The bi-weekly pay will be $1160.00 minus required deductions including federal and state taxes, social security, and medicare.
  • Domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, D.C.
  • 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

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must have completed a master’s degree or post-graduate degree prior to the program start date
  • High academic achievement (3.0 GPA or higher)
  • Evidence of leadership skills and potential for leadership growth
  • Demonstrates 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 and to apply, please visit their official website: 2016-2017 CHCI Graduate Fellowship Program

The deadline to apply is February 5, 2016

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