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CHCI chooses student for internship at the capital

June 25, 2002|STAFF REPORT

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the nation's leading Hispanic educational organization, selected Amada Armenta of El Centro as one of the 30 participants for its prestigious summer internship program in Washington, D.C.

Armenta, a student at Rice University in Houston, will be placed in the office of U.S. Rep. Susan Davis.

"CHCI is proud to offer the Hispanic community's best and brightest the opportunity to grow as leaders and as members of the community. Through the internship's specially crafted curriculum, practical work experience, and community service project, these young leaders learn early on the importance of civic participation," said CHCI President and Chief Executive Officer Ingrid M. Durán.

Each year since 1986, CHCI offers currently enrolled Hispanic undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of college a paid internship in the nation's capital.

Upon arrival, interns attend a one-week orientation. The orientation includes workshops on team building, inter-ethnic partnerships conflict resolution, Capitol Hill culture and dress code, and ethics in government and the workplace. Interns then begin full-time work in a congressional office, where they handle constituent communications, attend legislative hearings, conduct research and assist with general office operations.

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Their work experience is enhanced by weekly leadership development sessions during which interns meet and dialogue with national leaders on current policy matters. Interns also attend networking receptions, participate in coalition-building activities and collaborate on a community service project.

>> For more information on CHCI call (800) EXCEL DC or visit www.chci.org

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