CHCI Bids Farewell to its Summer Intern Class

Dressed in their best, wearing CHCI signature intern badges and lapel pins, the 2011 Summer Congressional Internship class excitedly entered the Library of Congress for its graduation program on Wednesday, July 27. The 31 college students sat proudly as they heard motivational remarks from Reps. Raúl Grijalva, Xavier Becerra, Rubén Hinojosa, Martin Heinrich, and CHCI Chair Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez. CHCI Chair Rep. Gonzalez shared a candid story about the intern placed in his office, AstraZeneca Intern Angelica Garcia, who dealt with angry phone calls from constituents venting about the economy. "I felt so badly for her that I treated her to a wonderful dinner to show her my appreciation, but it was excellent on-the-job training," said. Rep. Gonzalez.

In her opening remarks, CHCI President & CEO Esther Aguilera highlighted the diversity of the class. "These interns reflect the struggles and aspirations of our community and the nation. They come from 20 states and Puerto Rico. The 2011 class of CHCI Summer Interns represents 11 different Hispanic ethnic backgrounds and is pursuing 19 different fields of study for their bachelor's degrees. Fifty-five percent of the interns come from families whose household income is below $45,000," said Aguilera.

The class remarks were given by GE Hispanic Intern Amaury Munoz and Prudential Intern Emily Gonzalez. Both of the interns shared personal stories about their Hill experiences and the leadership training they received from CHCI. "Who would have thought that in just eight weeks we would become promising leaders? I can honestly say that my fellow classmates and I have the skill sets to be the great leaders CHCI has prepared us to be," said Gonzalez.

Congratulations to the 2011 Summer Interns. CHCI wishes them the best as they return to their undergraduate studies.

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