January 22, 1999

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Accepting Summer Internship Applications

Washington, D.C. — The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is now accepting applications for its summer internship program in Washington, D.C. The internship program offers currently-enrolled Hispanic undergraduate students, who have completed at least one year of college, a two-month paid internship (mid-June to mid-August) in the nation's capital. Along with the monthly stipend, CHCI provides interns with round-trip transportation to Washington, D.C., and housing.

"This program is an opportunity for students to experience first-hand the U.S. political system and get a `behind the scenes' look at how government functions," Ingrid Durán, CHCI Executive Director said.

As a non-partisan organization, CHCI interns are assigned to offices regardless of their political affiliation. After an intense one-week orientation, interns will work in congressional offices, respond to constituent inquiries, conduct research, monitor hearings, draft correspondence, and assist with general office operations. Interns participate in weekly leadership development meetings, partake in workshops, and meet with national Latino leaders. In addition, CHCI interns perform a cooperative community service project.

"Our program is unique because CHCI's mission is about leadership development. We are about bringing together students from many Hispanic backgrounds, experiences, and values to creatively examine their identity as leaders, professionals and contributors to their community," Dr. Silvia Golombek, CHCI Programs Director said.

All currently-enrolled undergraduate students, having at least one year of college by June `99 (college seniors graduating before the program begins are ineligible), may apply. The program is competitive; CHCI looks for grade point averages of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The evaluation committee also considers leadership potential, an active interest in community affairs, excellent communication skills, and U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, or student work visa.

CHCI is a non-profit educational and leadership development organization established in 1978 as a vehicle for the development of the next generation of Latino leadership. For more information, call the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute at 1-800-EXCEL DC. CHCI also has a web site: http//www.chci.org.

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