2016 Fall Congressional Internship Program: Open to undocumented college students with DACA


The Congressional Internship Program provides college students with the opportunity to learn firsthand how the legislative system works.  You are usually placed with a member of Congress who serves a district in your home state performing meaningful work:

  • responding to constituent inquiries
  • writing policy briefs
  • conducting research for legislative aides
  • attending committee meetings and policy briefings

On Fridays, you will join your cohort for a full day of leadership development centered on CHCI’s four Pillars of Leadership—Civic Engagement, Social Responsibility, Self Empowerment, and Promoting Community and Hispanic Culture.

If selected, you will receive the following:

  • Congressional Office or Federal Agency Internship Placement
  • $3,750 stipend – Spring and Fall (Twelve Weeks)
  • Domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, DC
  • Housing (All Expenses Covered)
  • Interns may be eligible to receive academic credit at their college or university for participating in the program.
    • It is not mandatory to obtain academic credit to participate, however, CHCI encourages participants to research this possibility.
  • Leadership Training, Networking and More

Here are the eligibility requirements:

    • Students must currently be enrolled full time and working towards their undergraduate degree.
      • Note: If selected as a finalist, all individuals will be required to provide confirmation of enrollment to participate in the program.
      • Community college individuals graduating in June are eligible for the Summer session if they are transferring to a new institution come the Fall semester. If selected, they will be required to provide confirmation of enrollment at new institution for the Fall semester.
      • Students must currently be enrolled full time and working towards their undergraduate degree
    • 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
    • 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

The deadline to apply is April 22, 2016

For more information, and to apply, please visit their official website: Congressional Internship Program


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