CHCI Leadership Programs
CHCI programs serve more than 1,600 young Latinos annually, plus serve 63,000 through our CHCI Online Education Center every year. Many are first in their family to go to college, and the majority come from families with annual incomes below $30,000. CHCI's unique model of educational services and leadership development – promoting college readiness, supporting college attainment and providing direct access to the most powerful network of Latino leadership – helps ensure career success and has put thousands of young people on a pathway to achieving the American Dream.
- CHCI runs three internship sessions each year that offer Latino college students unmatched job opportunities in congressional offices on Capitol Hill as well as an opportunity to participate in CHCI's nationally renowned leadership and professional training program.
- We provide Latinos who have completed college and those who have finished their graduate studies with unique fellowship opportunities – nine months in Washington, D.C. during which time they work in congressional offices and federal agencies, focusing on public policy in areas critical to the U.S.' competitive position. Fellowships include intensive, weekly education sessions and interaction with national government and private-sector leaders around public policy challenges.
- CHCI also conducts vital programs that every year give more than 1,200 high school students access to the tools and resources, role models and motivation they need to go on to college. We annually award more than $375,000 in college scholarships to Latino students with financial need. And we offer an online Education Center for young Latinos, visited by more than 1 million people who download more than 600,000 education publications each year.
The demand is exploding. This year alone the number of students interested in participating in CHCI programs jumped from 9,000 to more than 23,000! As the dramatic population growth of the Latino community in the United States continues, education and training for Hispanic youth is a national imperative.
CHCI Transforms Lives Through Its Award-Winning Programs
Ready to Lead (R2L) – With opportunity to participate in special DC high school program
CHCI’s high school college-readiness program provides educational and information resources to Latino high school students and their parents to empower and motivate families with the belief that college is attainable. The interactive one-day program includes financial literacy training and tools in both Spanish and English to help students and parents understand how to effectively prepare for and apply to college. R2L’s Mentoring “Power Hour” connects students to successful CHCI alumni and Hispanic professionals who serve as role models. In the summer of 2011, CHCI will expand the R2L program to provide selected students a week in the nation’s capitol, providing innovative learning tools to provide a broad perspective of the professional opportunities open to students with a college education.
Scholarships – With opportunity for internships nationwide
CHCI’s Scholarship Program supports Latino students in community college, four-year programs, and graduate school. Scholarships are awarded for two or four years, based on the student’s program of study, and provide critical financial assistance that help keep students in school and boost the Latino college graduation rate.
CHCI also offers corporate sponsors the opportunity to link company-based internships to its scholarship grants, broadening the students’ professional opportunities and connecting corporate partners to critical Latino talent.
The CHCI Congressional Internship Program provides Latino college students with work placement on Capitol Hill four days a week, where they gain substantive work and networking experience. Interns also participate in once-a-week educational programs and leadership training at CHCI headquarters, where they meet with national public- and private-sector leaders and engage in national policy discussions. This comprehensive approach to leadership preparation provides unmatched professional and learning opportunities. Promising Latino undergraduates from across the country are selected for participation in this prestigious program.
CHCI also offers corporate sponsors the opportunity to offer company-based internships following students’ successful completion of CHCI’s Congressional Internship Program.
Public Policy Fellowships
CHCI’s Public Policy Fellowships offer a paid, nine-month fellowship and professional leadership training program for young Latinos who have completed a bachelor’s degree. Fellows work in congressional offices on Capitol Hill, corporate federal affairs offices, congressional committees and federal agencies, the White House, national nonprofit advocacy organizations, and government-related institutes. This intensive work experience is enhanced by weekly leadership training sessions at CHCI headquarters where they engage with national leaders around substantive public policy issues. Exposure to the wealth of information, contacts, and political activity in Washington D.C. gives fellows a unique opportunity to pursue their public policy career goals.
CHCI also offers corporate sponsors the opportunity to offer company-based internships or fellowships following students’ successful completion of CHCI’s Public Policy Fellowship Program.
CHCI’s Graduate Fellowship Program helps increase the number of Latino leaders in policy areas in which they are traditionally underrepresented. It provides exceptional Latino college graduates and young Latino professionals from across the country unparalleled opportunity for professional experience in the public policy arenas of education, health, housing, international affairs, law, and the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). It also offers a chance to participate in CHCI's nationally acclaimed leadership development training program, including research and publication of a public policy paper about a public policy issue in their chosen field. These policy papers are presented an audience of key public- and private-sector leaders on Capitol Hill each spring.
CHCI also offers corporate sponsors the opportunity to offer company-based fellowships following students’ successful completion of CHCI’s Graduate Fellowship Program.
Ready to Lead (R2L)
The goal of CHCI's Ready to Lead (R2L) program is to motivate, educate and empower Latino high school students to graduate from high school, prepare for college admission, and serve and lead in their communities. The program provides training that helps Latino high school students throughout the country with the tools and training they need to prepare for college.
The R2L NextGen program is a week-long Washington, D.C. experience, sponsored by State Farm and held in partnership with the Close Up Foundation. CHCI brings students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade to Washington, D.C. to spend five days learning about how the Federal Government works, meeting important leaders, visiting historic sites and developing a deeper understanding of how they can affect positive change in their communities and their nation.
Since 2001, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) has published six editions of the National Directory of Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships for Latino Students. With the continuing support of State Farm Insurance, who began sponsoring the Directory's publication in 2008, CHCI replaced the printed directory with the launch of CHCI NextOpp in 2014 -- a powerful, easy-to-use online database for students, parents, counselors, and education providers. This new online tool allows users to search for opportunities based on their unique profile, location, and interests. The site also provides helpful reading materials to further educate users about the college-going process.