Public Policy Fellowships - Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Sarah Bessey
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is a DC-based nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to empowering the next generation of Latino leaders, and seeks candidates with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives to foster a dynamic cohort of Fellows. 

Each year, their competitive fellowship programs select 15-20 emerging leaders with bachelor's degrees (Public Policy Fellowship), and master's degrees or JDs (Graduate Fellowship Program), for a nine-month paid fellowship in Washington DC (August - May). Fellows gain hands-on work experience and knowledge in public policy through placements in Capitol Hill congressional offices and committees, as well as opportunities for second-half placements in federal agencies, the White House, nonprofit advocacy organizations and government-related institutions. Fellows help their placements shape policy by assisting in drafting legislation, researching key issues, meeting with stakeholders, strategic planning, producing policy briefs, convening briefings, etc. Fellows also receive weekly training on professional skills, such as public policy, policy writing, public speaking, management, and emotional intelligence.

Fellows may have an interest in a wide variety of public policy issues and do not need to have degrees in their area of policy interest for the Fellowship. However, the application should demonstrate a clear interest and relevance in that area. Some Fellowships focus on specific policy issues and look for Fellows with backgrounds in:

  • Health (one focuses on preventive, another on nutrition)
  • Law
  • Education
  • STEM (one focuses on energy, another on environment)
  • Housing
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Communications
  • Journalism

Application Deadline

February 4th, 2019

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