Sunday, December 27, 2009
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Seeks Applicants for 2010-2011 Graduate and Young Professional Fellowship Program
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:
- Higher Education
- Secondary Education
- International Affairs (includes last three months abroad in Mexico)
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Selected participants will receive
- Work Experience in Washington, DC
- Great Pay
-$2,700 monthly stipend to help cover housing and local expenses
-Domestic round-trip transportation to Washington, DC
-Optional short-term housing. CHCI secures and individuals reimburse CHCI for this service
- Leadership Training, Networking and More
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.
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.
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
- Work a minimum of 32 hours per week at a placement
- Attend a one-week orientation and weekly leadership development sessions and participate in a retreat
- Participate in all CHCI-sponsored activities
- Participate in a community service project
- Complete 32 hours of community service
- Develop and execute a Policy Roundtable to promote public policy issues of importance to Latinos
- Research and publication of a written work about a public policy issue in chosen area
- Contribute to the development of the CHCI Public Policy Conference Summits
- Comply with CHCI policies regarding work performance and personal conduct
- Applicants must poses a graduate degree or higher related to chosen policy issue area from an accredited educational institution and must be within three years of program start date
- High academic achievement
- Evidence of leadership skills and potential for leadership growth
- Demonstrates commitment to public service-oriented activities
- Superior analytical skills, outstanding oral and written communication skills
- U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency
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 2011CLICK HERE TO APPLY
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