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Internship Opportunities

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's (CHCI's) Congressional Internship

The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) National Internship Program

Smithsonian Internships

The Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship

The Smithsonian Institution Native American Internship Awards

USAID Pathways Student Trainee Internship

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) Congressional Internship Program

 

Description of Internship Opportunities

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's (CHCI's) Congressional Internship

The CHCI Congressional Internship provides college students with a paid work placement in a Congressional Office or Federal Agency for a period of 12 weeks (Fall/Spring) or 8 weeks (Summer), allowing students to gain a first hand experience with our nation's legislative process. The Eligibility Criteria include:

  • Must be enrolled full time.
  • High academic achievement (preference of a 3.0 GPA or higher)
  • Evidence of leadership skills and potential for leadership growth
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service-oriented activities
  • Superior analytical skills, outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent residents, asylees or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time
Deadline for summer: January 31, 2014.

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The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) National Internship Program

The HACU National Internship Program provides students with the opportunity of intern with a range of federal agencies in order to gain experience and develop professionally. The internship runs for 15 weeks (Fall/Spring) or 10 weeks (Summer). It is a paid scholarship, which includes housing for those not living in DC. The scholarship is open to all students (both undergraduate and graduate) regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, faith, etc. 

Spring deadline: November 15, 2013. Summer deadline: early deadline is November 15, 2013 and regular deadline is March 3, 2014.

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Smithsonian Internships

The Smithsonian Institution offers students from a range of backgrounds a variety of internship opportunities. The internships range from general (such as the General Smithsonian Internship Pool) to specific internships (such as the Minority Internship Program and the Native American Internship Awards). In addition there are numerous internships that are specific to Smithsonian museums (the National Museum of African American History and Culture). Some internships may include stipends. For more information regarding the internships and deadlines please visit the website link provided below. 

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The Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship

The Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship provides Native American and Alaskan Native American students with the opportunity to participate in a ten-week summer internship in Washington, D.C. The internship provides students with round-trip airfare, housing, per diem for food and incidentals, and a stipend at the close of the program. Students would be placed with in a congressional or agency office and work on legislative issues that pertain to tribal communities, network with key public officials and tribal advocacy groups, experience an insider's view of the federal government, and enhance their understanding of nation-building and tribal self-governance.

Deadline: January 31, 2014. 

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The Smithsonian Institution Native American Internship Awards

The Smithsonian Native American Internship Awards offers Native American students with the opportunity to pursue internship projects related to Native American topics and Native American resources at the Smithsonian. It is an appointment of 10 weeks with Smithsonian research and professional staff members and it provides stipends and a travel allowance. 

Deadlines: Summer: February 1st, Fall: February 1st, Spring: October 1st. 

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USAID Pathways Student Trainee Internship

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency that fosters transformational development around the world. The USAID Internship Program (Summer 2014) is designed to provide Interns with substantive work assignments, that expose them to the benefits of a Federal career. The work assigned in most bureaus or offices varies. Some of the typical assignments include: a variety of research projects, writing program memoranda, drafting documents, facilitating meetings and/or special events, performing analytical work, attending program discussions in the Agency and/or at the Department of State, communicating on USAID program issues, and performing other duties as assigned. 

This internship application and further information can be attained at the USAJOBS website. Please follow the link below.

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Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) Congressional Internship Program

This internship program is a nine-week summer program that offers the opportunity to college students from across the nation to learn about the legislative process, leadership and careers in the policy making process. Interns work in Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) member offices, attend professional development events, and participate in leadership development projects. Interns receive a $3,000 stipend and housing at a local university with all expenses covered

Deadline: March 28, 2014. 

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