Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Youtube 

Donna Scaffidi, Ford Foundation Intern

“Starting my first day in Congress, I was nervous and not sure about the cultural climate, particularly in my office. But, as I got off the elevator and walked to my Congresswoman's office, I saw the gay pride flag right next to my state's flag and could not have been more excited that this opportunity, in this office, was meant for me!

Alexandra Cruz, Walmart Intern


“The day after we arrived to Silver Springs my roommates and I decided to take the train down to D.C. to see how it worked. We were excited when we arrived at the Capitol South Station and we did a little walking.  After a while we arrived by the Library of Congress and when we turned around there it was, The Capitol. We said ‘look, we are here, we've made it.’”

Giovanni Rocco, Walmart Intern


“My first week in D.C. was so full of energy, lessons, and realizations that a dozen highlights would not suffice. But if I had to choose one of the most memorable moments of the week, I’d have to go with my first night out with my CHCI cohort. Over some drinks and appetizers the conversations rolled from immigration, to corporate responsibility; from career goals to family histories. It was in that moment that I found a beauty in CHCI. The beauty of having a diverse group of people from all parts of the country and all walks of life: each one with their own struggles, dreams and aspirations. Talking with my cohort, I realized the critical need for spaces such as the ones CHCI creates: spaces where Latinos come together to discuss our shared struggles and our vision for a better future."

Founding Sponsor of the
CHCI Semester Congressional Internship

Southwest is the Official Airline of
CHCI's Leadership Programs

PRINT E-MAIL Bookmark and Share

CHCI Congressional Internship

See what the CHCI Congressional Internship Program can offer you!


Fall 2015 Congressional Internship Application 
Deadline: April 24, 2015


Congressional Internship Program Mission

The purpose of the Congressional Internship Program (CIP) is to expose young Latinos to the legislative process and to strengthen their professional and leadership skills, ultimately promoting the presence of Latinos on Capitol Hill and in Federal Agencies.

Congressional Internship Program Description

The Congressional Internship Program provides college students with a paid work placement in a Congressional Office or Federal Agency for a period of twelve weeks (Spring/Fall) or eight weeks (Summer). This unmatched experience allows students to learn first hand about our nation's legislative process.

Promising Latino undergraduates from across the country are selected for this leadership training program.  Students gain work experience, participate in a community service project, and receive educational and professional programming provided by CHCI. This comprehensive three-prong approach provides extraordinary learning and networking opportunities for students.

Selected participants will receive: 

  • Congressional Office or Federal Agency Internship Placement
  • Great Pay
        - $3,750 stipend - Spring and Fall (Twelve Weeks)
        - $2,500 stipend - Summer (Eight Weeks)
  • Benefits
        - Domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, DC
        - Housing (All Expenses Covered)
  • Academic Credit
        - 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

Work Experience

After a week-long orientation, interns are assigned to either a congressional office or Federal Agency where they gain first-hand knowledge of how the U.S. legislative process works. Intern duties may include responding to constituent inquiries, drafting correspondence and memos, monitoring hearings, conducting research, data entry and analysis, support departmental meetings and telephone conferences and assisting with general office operations.

Leadership Development

Interns attend weekly sessions and meet with distinguished leaders from a range of professional backgrounds, engage in substantive policy discussions, and participate in professional development training. The sessions create an ideal forum for interns to share and exchange ideas with national leaders. Activities with other intern groups provide opportunities to learn coalition-building and an open dialogue on issues of mutual interest.

Community Service

Interns are required to engage in individual community service and a group community service project identified through the CHCI Internship program. This component of the curriculum allows interns to give back to the community.

Program Requirements - Interns must

  • Work a minimum of 32 hours a week in congressional office assignment
  • Participate in all CHCI-sponsored activities
  • Attend one-week orientation and weekly leadership development sessions
  • Participate in the community service project
  • Comply with CHCI policies regarding work performance and personal conduct


Eligibility Criteria

Click Here to download the
CHCI Congressional Internship Program flyer

  • 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.
    - Individuals that will graduate in the May or June prior to the Summer session are NOT eligible, but are eligible to participate in the Public Policy Fellowship 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
  • 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 at 15 applications for every one available summer internship opportunity and five applications for every one available spring or fall internship opportunity. 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.  A selected number of applicants are chosen based on the quality of their application. 

Note: All individuals are welcome to apply. However, it should be noted that preference will be given to individuals with financial need.

2015 Internship Program Dates

  • Spring: February 7 - May 2
  • Summer: June 6 - August 1 
  • Fall: August 22 - November 14

Hundreds more opportunities available! Check out CHCI’s new online resource at www.chcinextopp.net!