CHCI Public Policy Fellowship

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Public Policy Fellowship Deadline: February 20, 2015

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Public Policy Fellowship Mission The CHCI Public Policy Fellowship (PPF) seeks to enhance participants' leadership abilities, strengthen  professional skills and ultimately produce more competent and competitive Latino professionals in public policy areas.

Public Policy Fellowship Description
This Fellowship Program offers talented Latinos, who have earned a bachelor's degree within two years of the program start date a paid, nine-month fellowship. This fellowship offers the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the national level in the public policy area of their choice.

Selected participants will receive:

  • 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 21, 2015 and May 13, 2016.  The bi-weekly pay will be $960.00 minus required deductions including federal, state, social security and medicare.
  • Benefits
    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

Work Experience
After a week-long orientation and with CHCI's guidance, CHCI fellows research opportunities to work in a Congressional office or committee that best matches their interest and focus area. Participants will have the option of changing placements mid-way through the program. Second half placements can include The White House, federal agencies and national nonprofit organizations.

Leadership Development
The fellows' intensive work experience is enhanced by weekly leadership training sessions that allow them to meet with national leaders and engage in substantive policy discussions.  Due to the wealth of information, contacts, and political activity in Washington DC, the Fellowship Program offers an excellent opportunity for participants to identify their career goals. All participants also receive personal support and guidance from the members of CHCI's  staff and Alumni Association.

Community Service 
Fellows are required to engage in a group community service project identified through the CHCI fellowship program. This component of the curriculum allows fellows to identify areas of civic engagement and give back to the community.  Fellows are also required to complete 32 hours of individual community service along with the group community service project.

Program Requirements - Fellows must

  • Work a minimum of 32 hours a week at placement site
  • Attend a one-week orientation and weekly leadership development sessions and participate in a retreat
  • Participate in all CHCI-sponsored activities
  • Participate in a community service project
  • Complete 32 hours of community service
  • Comply with CHCI policies regarding work performance and personal conduct

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
  • NOTE: All individuals are welcome to apply. However, preference will be given to individuals with financial need.

Selection Process
The selection process is competitive; CHCI receives 5 applications for every one available fellowship. CHCI processes applications to identify the most qualified candidates. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee composed by Alumni, Board of Directors, and CHCI staff. Only top candidates receive an invitation for an interview. A selected number of fellows are selected annually, based on the quality of their application and their interview scores.

2015-2016 Fellowship Program Dates: August 2015 - May 2016