Savannah, GA Student Walks the Halls of Congress


Maria Franco
Maria Franco

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nation’s premier Hispanic youth leadership development and educational organization, is hosting Maria Regina Franco of Savannah, GA, a student at Georgia State University, along with 30 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.

“I strongly believe that gaining more insight into the legislative process will help me make a much more informed decision in regards to my future career goals and aspirations,” said Franco. “I consider that these two months will impact me and help me grow both professionally and personally in a way that would have otherwise not been possible.”

She is majoring in psychology and is currently placed with the Office of Representative Xavier Becerra.The 2011 class of CHCI Summer Interns represents 11 different Hispanic ethnic backgrounds and is pursuing 19 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. Additionally, interns participate in weekly CHCI leadership development sessions, engage in policy discussions and meet with corporate representatives, national elected officials and foreign dignitaries.

CHCI’s internship program provides all participants with housing, roundtrip transportation to and from Washington, D.C. and a $2,500 stipend


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