CBCF Emerging Leaders Internship Program for U.S. and International students

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Emerging Leaders Internship Program

Course(s) Offered: Interest in public service, governance, and policy-making
Course Level: Undergraduate
Provider: Walmart
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
The goal of the Emerging Leaders Internship Program sponsored by Walmart is to create a corps of trained, young leaders with the skills, outlook and contacts necessary to generate and sustain positive change in Washington, D.C., and their local communities.

Alumni will return to their communities knowing what it takes to pass legislation, form public policy and create coalitions. In short, they will leave the program better informed about how politics works and more aware of how they can influence the public policy-making process.

To be eligible, applicants must be:
  • U.S. citizen or permit to work in the U.S.
  • Currently or recently (within the past year) enrolled in college full-time when applying for program
  • Demonstrated interest in public service, governance, and policy-making process
  • Have not yet begun to pursue a post-graduate degree
Selection Process:
Emerging Leader Interns are selected based on the following criteria:
  • Solid scholastic achievement
  • Strong writing skills
  • Community service contributions
  • Evidence of leadership skills
  • Quality of paper application and, in some instances, interview performance
Eligible groups
Citizens of the U.S.A and International students, from any country, with permit to work in the USA

Participating Institutions
CBCF has partnered with George Washington University’s Semester in Washington Program to give CBCF interns an unrivaled experience – both in Washington and the United States.

Fields of study
This program offers a combination of hands-on coursework and networking opportunities at some of the most famous addresses in the USA. While earning academic credit, CBCF interns work side by side with like-minded peers and professional politicos, and leave the program with the knowledge and skills to become more involved in politics at the local, state and national levels.

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
The Program is a semester-long paid internship for college students. Interns work four days on Capitol Hill, in federal agencies and at non-profit organizations. This program is offered during the fall and spring semesters.

Scholarship benefits
Benefits include:
  • Interns will receive a $4,000 stipend
  • Housing at a local university (all expenses covered)
  • Interns may be eligible to receive academic credit at their college or university for participating in the program
On Friday afternoons, interns attend educational seminars that focus on domestic and international issues, participate in leadership-training sessions and visit cultural and historical sites in the Washington, D.C., area. Each cohort must complete a team community service project in the surrounding community. CBCF provides housing and a stipend.

Method of Application
The completed Online Application must be submitted by midnight on the deadline date. The additional required materials must be received by our office by the close of business (5 p.m. EST) on the deadline date.

The following items will be requested through the online application:
  1. A completed application form
  2. Answer the required short essay(s) given on the application
  3. One (1) page resume listing extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service and special skills
  4. A recent photograph suitable for publication; i.e., a cap and gown picture, or other professional quality and professionally dressed photograph
Additional Required Materials:
All the above documents should be submitted through the online application. The following two documents are to be mailed to the organization. We must receive these documents before the deadline date:
  • Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
Official transcripts and recommendation letters should be mailed to the following address:

Emerging Leaders Internship Program
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
1720 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

The completed online application must be submitted by midnight on November 15, 2012 (for Spring semester) AND June 14, 2013 (for Fall semester).

For more information, please call (202) 263-2800 or send an e-mail to internships@cbcfinc.org and type “Emerging Leaders Internship Program” in the subject line

Application Deadline: 15 November 2012 / 14 June 2013
Open to International students: Yes (but conditions apply)

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