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McNair Scholar Nataly Morales Villa Accepted to CHCI Fall Congressional Internship

What is the CHCI Fall Congressional Internship Program?

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's (CHCI) Fall Congressional Internship Program allows interns to learn firsthand how the legislative system works, spending four days each week (Monday-Thursday) working on Capitol Hill. Usually, Interns are placed with a member of Congress who serves a district in their home state performing meaningful work.

Students travel to Washington D.C. to intern in a congressional office and receive leadership training from CHCI. The requirements of the Congressional Internship Program (CIP) include: working 32 hours at a congressional office a week, completing orientation, participating in group community service projects, and attending weekly leadership sessions.

Nataly's Response to Acceptance into the Program

"I was born in a small town in El Mezquital, Durango, Mexico where unfortunately, due to socioeconomic status not many people have the opportunity to obtain an education. When I was 5, my parents immigrated to the United States in search of better opportunities. Today, I am the first in my family to go to college. When I received the news I had been accepted into the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) program, I was overwhelmed with emotion. The internship is very competitive and I applied three times. Through my congressional placement, I hope to gain the necessary skills to better advocate for the Latino community, most specifically in the areas of immigration and access to higher education. I would like to credit the Multicultural Student Affairs Office and my mentors, Mr. Christian Bello and Mrs. Libia Jimenez, for making me aware of opportunities such as the McNair Program, the Goizueta Scholarship, and CHCI." - Nataly Morales Villa

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