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Hispanic Students Serve as Congressional Interns

February 17, 2014

Staff Reports --

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute has selected 20 Hispanic undergraduate students to participate in its Congressional Internship Program (CIP) held in Washington, D.C., this spring.

The organization says students picked for the program reflect the diverse landscape of the Hispanic community. Of the 20 chosen, eight different ethnicities are represented from nine states, including Puerto Rico.

More than half of the interns are first generation college students and 80 percent come from families with an income below $45,000, the Hispanic Caucus Institute said.

Each intern will learn the daily operations of the federal government and how it operates by working in congressional offices on Capitol Hill and participating in CHCI's leadership and professional training program.

"CHCI is committed to creating opportunities for young Latinos to come to Washington, D.C., and learn not only how the federal government operates, but how they can work to impact public policy for the betterment of their communities," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO, in a statement.

Students benefit from valuable work experience and networking exposure during their stay in the program, which also includes meetings and discussions with national leaders.

CHCI said the internship is for 12 weeks and the students will be in Washington for the entire program. Interns are required to complete a community service project and are provided with housing, transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and a stipend.

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