CHCI Welcomes the Largest Cadre of Fall Students for Award-Winning Leadership Programs

CHCI welcomed the arrival of eleven Public Policy Fellows (PPF), eight Graduate Fellows (GFP), and 24 Fall Congressional Interns (CIP), making this the largest group of fall program participants in the history of the organization. Specifically, this will be the largest-ever class of Fall interns, thanks to a new grant from the Ford Foundation. In total, 43 college students and recent graduates from 19 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are taking part in the nationally recognized and award-winning leadership programs focused on developing the next generation of Latino leaders.

CHCI’s Leadership Programs, which include the CIP, PPF, and GFP, work to expose talented young Latinos to the inner-workings of Congress, while preparing them to become part of the workforce pipeline to staff positions on Capitol Hill, where Latinos continue to be vastly underrepresented. CHCI also strives to create diversity within its own classes of program participants. The 2013-2014 class of Fellows and 2013 Fall Interns collectively represent 12 different Hispanic ethnic backgrounds, with degrees or majors in 21 different fields of study, 77 percent come from homes with a household income of less than $45,000, and 60 percent are the first generation to attend college.

The Interns and Fellows participate in weekly CHCI leadership and professional development sessions and meet with corporate representatives, nationally elected officials and foreign dignitaries. They also engage in a community service project during their stay in Washington, D.C.

CHCI’s Fall Congressional Internship Program is supported by the Ford Foundation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and UPS. The CHCI Graduate Fellowship Program and the CHCI Public Policy Fellowship Program are made possible by: AARP, AFL-CIO, Altria Group Inc., Amgen, API, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, BP Foundation, Cargill, The Coca Cola Foundation, Fundación Azteca America, Google, MillerCoors, New York Life Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Shell.  Southwest Airlines is the official airline of CHCI’s Leadership Development Programs.