The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nation’s premier Hispanic youth leadership development and educational organization, is hosting Dianna Almanza of Westminster, Colorado, a student at Regis University, along with 38 other university students from across the United States for its nationally recognized and highly competitive Congressional Internship Program (CIP).
The CHCI Interns have been assigned to congressional offices on Capitol Hill for a period of eight weeks from June to August to learn first-hand about the nation’s legislative process and issues pending before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
“Through countless witnessed experiences of discrimination, racism, and prejudice, my drive and fortitude for social justice and equality will be strengthened through this outstanding opportunity. I seek to promote the awareness of my heritage while encouraging the next generation of Hispanic and Latino leaders of tomorrow to always strive towards your dreams,” said Almanza. She is majoring in political science and is currently placed with The Office of Senator Mark Udall.
The 2012 class of CHCI Summer Interns represents ten different Hispanic ethnic backgrounds, pursuing 20 different fields of study for their bachelor’s degrees. “This year’s summer interns represent the diversity and vast potential of the Latino community,” said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. “CHCI is committed to providing unmatched public policy experience and leadership training for Hispanic youth to create a workforce pipeline to positions on Capitol Hill and in public policy.”
Interns are responsible for conducting extensive legislative research, monitoring day-to-day hearings, managing constituent communications and assisting with general policy matters. They participate in weekly CHCI leadership development sessions, engage in policy discussions and meet with corporate representatives, national elected officials and foreign dignitaries. Additionally, they are responsible for completing a community service project to benefit the local Washington, D.C. community.
CHCI’s Summer Congressional Internship Program is supported by AARP, David Bohnett Foundation, The Gilbert and Jackie Cisneros Foundation, Comcast Foundation, Darden, Dario Marquez, General Electric Hispanic Forum, General Motors, Hyundai, Merck, National Association of Broadcasters, News Corp, Prudential, Shell, Time Warner Cable – the official sponsor of the intern community service project, and Southwest Airlines – the official airline of the Congressional Internship Program.