HEPCAMP DC Internship
Exposure to become national change agents
Four to six current CAMP students or HEP graduates in their first year at a post-secondary institution will be selected to participate in the National HEP/CAMP Association Internship Program. The participants will travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in a ten-week internship. Expected internship placements include congressional offices, the Office of Migrant Education, United Farm Workers, United States Department of Agriculture, and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.
In congressional offices, the interns greet visitors, answer the telephone and constituent requests for general information, tours, and other inquiries. This position monitors delivery and pickup of materials, maintains the front office, and assists with various administrative and legislative duties. The interns assist in providing research for and responding to letters from constituents and other interested parties. The interns interact with political and community leaders, learning about the federal government, policy development and implementation, and grassroots advocacy.
In the Office of Migrant Education, the intern works with the HEP & CAMP team in a variety of tasks including policy discussions, preparing for the HEP & CAMP Annual Directors’ Meeting, working with project files, and providing a limited amount of data management. The intern also assists the MEP staff with monitoring reports, guidance documents, preparing for the OME Conference, and working with state files. The intern also attends policy briefings and other pertinent meetings attended by OME leadership and/or staff.
In the United States Department of Agriculture, the intern gathers data or preliminary research connected with assigned projects; Participates in staff meetings, collects and reviews a variety of market information, and assists the chief of staff with the preparation of reports.
In the United Farm Workers, the intern informs, supports, engages and advocates for the advancement of farmworker issues. Specifically, the UFW intern will assist grassroots campaigns to advocate for farm workers’ rights at the national and state levels. Additionally, this position will conduct research to provide the organization with strategic information to advance their legislative agenda.
In the Office of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, the intern performs data entry and manages an office database, greets and escorts visitors, and collects research and data on Latino education. The intern participates in staff meetings, assists the chief of staff in preparing reports, helps in the planning of upcoming events and responds to constituent inquiries.
All interns will have a number of opportunities to participate in various seminars and leadership activities in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Internship Program.
Only one application per program will be considered.
Vaccination Requirement: All selected interns must provide proof of being fully vaccinated at least two weeks before arriving to DC. According to the CDC, to be fully vaccinated, you must have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received the updated (bivalent booster) that protects against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5.
Applications Closed for 2023.