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Sunday, December 27, 2009


Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Seeks Applicants for 2010-2011 Graduate and Young Professional Fellowship Program

The CHCI Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship Program seeks to enhance participants' leadership abilities, strengthen professional skills and ultimately produce more competent and competitive Latino professionals in underserved public policy issue areas.

Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship Description

The nine month Fellowship Program offers exceptional Latinos who have a master's degree or higher unparalleled exposure to hands-on experience in the public policy areas:

Selected participants will receive

Work Experience
After a week-long orientation, and with CHCI's guidance, Graduate fellows research and interview with possible job placements, and select the opportunity that best matches their policy interest area. The range of placements includes congressional offices and committees or federal agencies.

Leadership Development
The Graduate fellows' intensive work experience is enhanced by weekly leadership training sessions that allow them to meet with national leaders and engage in substantive policy discussions. In addition, Graduate fellows produce a public policy brief. Graduate fellows also must organize a policy roundtable. Because of the wealth of information, contacts, and political activity in Washington DC, the Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship Program offers an excellent opportunity for participants to affirm their career goals in chosen issue area. All participants also receive personal support and guidance from CHCI staff and Alumni Association.

To view photos from the 2009 Roundtables series, click here.

Community Service
Fellows are required to engage in a group community service project identified through the CHCI fellowship program. This component of the curriculum allows fellows to identify areas of civic engagement and give back to the community. Fellows are also required to complete 32 hours of individual community service along with the group community service project.

Program Requirements - Fellows must

Eligibility Criteria

Selection Process
The selection process is competitive; CHCI receives 5 applications for every one available fellowship. CHCI processes applications to identify the most qualified candidates. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee composed by Alumni, Board of Directors, and CHCI staff. Only top candidates receive an invitation for an interview. A selected number of fellows are selected annually, based on the quality of their application and their interview scores.

2010 Fellowship Application Deadline: February 19, 2010

Program Dates: August 2010 - May 2011

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