Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute & Ford Motor Company Provide Opportunity for Hispanic College Students To Intern in Nation’s Capital

Washington, DC (CapitalWirePR) – Hispanic college students who have dreamt of living in our Nation’s Capital or working for their Member of Congress may now apply for the 2009 Ford Motor Company CHLI Leadership Program.

Since 2004, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) has been sending qualified Hispanic college students to Washington, DC for a six-week internship through the Ford Motor Company CHLI Leadership Program.

“The Ford Motor Company CHLI Leadership Program is probably one of the best experiences I have had since coming to the U.S., and it has opened a number of doors for me,” said Roberto Castillo, a Miami resident of Cuban and Venezuelan decent and a 2008 Ford CHLI Intern with the Office of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25). “Through the contacts that I established on the program, I now have a job that I really enjoy in Miami, an internship opportunity for this winter in Washington, and the possibility of a full time job after I graduate.”

2009 applications can be downloaded from the CHLI web site at . Eight Hispanic students will be selected to become part of this exciting six-week internship program in Washington, DC. The interns will be placed with Institutions and Members of Congress who share the goals of the Institute. These goals include encouraging various view points and ideas of the diverse Hispanic community through research, briefings, reports, events, and other activities.

“The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute is pleased to be able to send these talented and ambitious Hispanic students to Washington, DC,” said Octavio A. Hinojosa Mier, CHLI Executive Director. “I believe that the Ford Motor Company CHLI Leadership Program enables these bright young people to gain the skills and experience necessary to be a leader in our country and the world.”

The Ford Motor Company CHLI Leadership Program offers invaluable insight to Hispanic students who want to gain first-hand experience on how the federal government works and public policy is shaped. The interns will also have the opportunity to interact and meet appointed and elected officials from all levels of government. In the past, students have interned with Congressional Members, Senator Mel Martinez (FL), Rep. Luis Fortuño (PR), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18), the Inter-American Development Bank, the U.S. Treasurer, and the Organization of American States.

The program is made possible by the generous support of Ford Motor Company.

“The Ford Motor Company CHLI Leadership program is recognized as one of the most promising summer internship programs available to college students,” said Raquel Egusquiza, Director, Community Development and International Strategy, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Ford is proud to partner with CHLI to support this leadership initiative.”

The application deadline is Friday, February 20, 2009. The six-week program begins June 15, 2009 and ends July 24, 2009.

To apply, applicants must:
• Be U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents of Hispanic or Portuguese origin.
• Be enrolled in an accredited four year college/university or two year community college.
• Submit a completed application form, personal statement, legislative analysis, and resume, two letters of recommendation and official transcripts.

Compensation includes:
• Air fare and housing accommodations during Washington, D.C. stay.
• $2,000 stipend.
• Dell laptop computer (for use during the program and to take home at the conclusion of the internship).
• Metro card for public transportation.

For more information on the 2009 Ford Motor Company CHLI Leadership Program, please contact Yisel Cabrera, Manager of Programs and Operations, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, at or 202-347-8280

Applications Now Available Online at

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