Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholar-Intern Programs

Provides financial assistance to Latino college students

The CHCI experience primarily intends to promote college completion in Latino youth and also provides programs to explore public policy and leadership in our nation’s capital through various internship and scholar-intern programs. These vital opportunities empower Latinos for great personal and professional achievement.

Latinos who participate in CHCI’s programs have boldly chosen to explore new opportunities and expand their horizons. CHCI programs open doors to an exciting world beyond participants’ immediate community, exposing them to new ideas and people that alter the course of their lives.

CHCI’s extensive convening power connects young Latinos to an influential and expansive network of leaders who are shaping our country’s future by keeping critical Latino issues on the national agenda. This unparalleled access to Latinos in leadership inspires the next generation of leaders by connecting them with highly successful role models.

Deadline Information

Application Deadline for Spring 2021 CHCI Congressional Internship Program: Saturday, October 3, 2020

Application Deadline for Summer 2021 CHCI Congressional Internship Program: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Application Deadline for Fall 2021 CHCI Congressional Internship Program: Monday, February 15, 2021


CHCI Congressional Interns learn firsthand how the legislative system works, spending four days each week working on Capitol Hill. Usually, interns are placed with a member of congress who serves a district in their home state performing meaningful work:

  • responding to constituent inquiries
  • writing policy briefs
  • conducting legislative research on issues such as education, health, foreign affairs, defense, science & technology, and many more
  • attending congressional hearings and policy briefings

On programming days, interns will have a full day centered on CHCI’s four Pillars of Leadership—Civic Engagement, Social Responsibility, Self Empowerment, and Promoting Community and Hispanic Culture. During these weekly sessions, participation in discussions surrounding issues that affect the Latino community will help interns explore a variety topics while building strong relationships that can help throughout their career. CHCI’s curriculum is centered around a graduate-level non-credit public policy course taught by The George Washington University Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute and Trachtenberg School of Public Policy.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this award, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time enrollment in a United States Department of Education accredited community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program during the period for which scholarship is requested
  • Demonstrated financial need (not a requirement, but preference is given to those with financial need)
  • High academic achievement (preference of 3.0 GPA or higher)
  • Consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities
  • Strong writing skills
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.
  • Family members of CHCI Board or Advisory Board Members are prohibited from participating in any of CHCI’s charitable programs.

Note: Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application


Application Process

Information on how to apply to the CHCI Congressional Internship program can be found here.

Information on how to apply to the four CHCI Scholar Intern Programs can be found here. The four CHCI Scholar-Intern Programs are:

  • CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar Intern Program
  • CHCI-Wyndham Worldwide Scholar Intern Program
  • CHCI-Society of Human Resource Management Scholar Intern Program
  • CHCI-ZGS Communications Scholar Intern Program

CHCI also offers a Graduate Fellowship Program, information about which can be found here.