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Summer Interns Experience the Power of Networking

According to the 2010 U.S. Census statistics, Latinos and Asians are among the youngest and fastest growing demographics in the country.  Coupled with the African-American community, these minorities represent a majority of our country’s future leaders.

So it’s not surprising that the 100+ enthusiastic interns who arrived in D.C. this summer were sponsored by Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI).  These three, powerful organizations share a common mission to increase the diversity of individuals that help shape public policy on Capitol Hill.

Networking is a critical element of success; not only for personal and professional development but also for young people relocating to a new city.  CHCI with its partners, CBCF and APAICS, recognize the importance of “creating connections,” so they co-host an annual Intern Welcome Reception to introduce these future leaders—to each other and to prominent policy leaders.  This year’s event was held on June 13 at the Rayburn Office Building Foyer.

CHCI Chair Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez and APAICS Chair Rep. Judy Chu were among the members of Congress on hand to welcome the interns, many of whom had just completed their first week in the nation’s capital.  The students also had the privilege of meeting Reps. Madeleine Bordallo, Rubén Hinojosa, Mike Honda, and Grace Flores Napolitano who also supported the event.

In her opening remarks, CHCI President & CEO Esther Aguilera said, “With the country’s changing demographics, we have a unique opportunity to work collectively to positively impact the future of the country. I urge all of you here this evening to embrace this opportunity. Not only will you learn about the legislative process on a national level, but you will also receive a well-rounded cultural experience.”

Through summer internship programs, these undergraduates—who represent schools from across the nation and abroad—are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for unique access to key policy makers through placements that help shape their remaining college experience and jumpstart their future careers.  And now, they have new friends to share the experience with.

View photos from the Summer Intern Welcome Reception.