Latino youth receives unmatched leadership development from nationally recognized internship program
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nation’s premier Hispanic youth leadership development and educational organization, is hosting Linda Gomez of Madison, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, along with 11 other university students from across the United States for its nationally recognized and highly competitive spring Congressional Internship Program.
The CHCI Interns have been assigned to congressional offices on Capitol Hill for a period of twelve weeks from February to April to learn first-hand about the nation’s legislative process and issues pending before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
“The CHCI Congressional Internship signifies the beginning of a new journey in my life; one that will be filled with new experiences, challenges, and most importantly, learning opportunities,” said Gomez. “I look forward to applying all of this acquired knowledge to better improve not only myself, but to also inspire those around me.” Gomez is majoring in zoology and is placed in the office of Senator Michael Bennet.
The interns are responsible for conducting extensive legislative research, monitoring day-to-day hearings, managing constituent communications, and assisting with general policy matters. Additionally, interns participate in weekly CHCI leadership development sessions, engage in policy discussions and meet with corporate representatives, national elected officials and foreign dignitaries. Program participants are also required to work on a collaborative community service project that serves the local Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
“This class represents 12 different academic institutions, eight Hispanic ethnicities, nine academic majors, and nearly 60 percent of the interns are the first generation to go to college,” said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. “CHCI is committed to keeping the promise to our nation’s future leaders and providing unmatched public policy experience and leadership training to prepare Hispanic youth to lead America’s workforce into the 21st century.”
CHCI’s internship program provides all participants with housing, roundtrip transportation to and from Washington, D.C. and a $3,750 stipend. These life changing opportunities are made possible only through the support of Walmart and Southwest Airlines – official airline of CHCI’s Congressional Internship Program.