image05CBCF’s internship programs prepare college students and young professionals to become principled leaders, skilled policy analysts, and informed advocates by exposing them to the processes that develop national policies and implement them – from Capitol Hill to federal field offices.

Program participants receive housing, a stipend, office placements, and opportunities to meet and interact with professional legislators and leaders working in all branches of government.

“The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Leadership Institute changed my life. Without the opportunity to intern with CBCF, I would not have the opportunities and future I have now. I owe the beginning of my success to this amazing experience. It is by far the best internship in Washington, DC.”Shelly Marc

Staff Assistant for the Office of Public Engagement at the White House

Additionally, interns are eligible for scholarships for prestigious public policy graduate programs, such as the University of California-Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and UC Hastings College of the Law, and they are actively recruited by executive branch agencies such as the U.S. State Department and the Office of Management and Budget.

CBCF offers three internship programs: the Congressional Internship Program, the Emerging Leaders Internship Program, and the Communications Internship Program.


Testimonials from Past Interns:

My experience in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Internship program has been remarkable. I came to Washington, D.C. with a textbook understanding of how our Congress works. By the time I left Washington, D.C., I became enriched with a greater understanding of our legislative process, an invaluable network of professionals and mentors, lasting friendships, and the knowledge that I can truly make a difference in my community. The program provided me with an experience that challenged me, humbled me, and forced me out of my comfort zone. I was able to grow in my servant leadership and embody the characteristics behind the mantra of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation–‘I lead, I serve’.
Lindsay Richardson, Intern for Rep. James E. Clyburn, 2015

What does it take to become a CBCF intern?

learn more about eligibility & the application process

For more information, please call (202) 263-2800 or email Please include your name and the pertinent internship program name in the subject line. You can also visit our FAQ page.

Current Internships

CBCF Emerging Leaders Internship Program

  • Session: Fall 2016
  • Application Deadline: July 8, 2016
  • Program Dates: August 28 – December 9, 2016

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

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CBCF Communications Internship Program

  • Session: Fall 2016
  • Application Deadline: July 8, 2016
  • Program Dates: August 28 – December 9, 2016

The CBCF Communications Internship, sponsored by State Farm, is a semester-long program for college students who are interested in learning about media relations on Capitol Hill.

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CBCF Summer Congressional Internship Program

  • Application Opens: January 15, 2016
  • Application Deadline: April 30, 2016 

Established in 1986, the CBCF Congressional Internship Program answered the call to help diversify our democracy by increasing the pool of talented public servants. This intensive nine-week summer program offers the opportunity for college students from across the nation to learn about the legislative process, leadership and careers in the policy making process.

Application Closed

Pathways to the C-Suite Internship Program

  • Session: Fall 2016
  • Application Opens: June 3, 2016
  • Application Deadline: July 15, 2016
  • Program Dates: August 28 – December 9, 2016

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) has expanded its Leadership Institute to offer internships in the private sector. The new Pathways to the C-Suite Internship Program partners undergraduate and post-graduate African-American students with some of the nation’s top executives in private companies. Interns interact with senior-level business leaders, explore multifaceted business challenges, and build skills to prepare them for careers in corporate America.

Opening June 3, 2016

Please note: Immediate relatives (defined as one’s parents, step-parents, siblings, spouse, children, step-children, foster children, in-laws, sibling in-laws, grandparents, great grandparents, step-great grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews) of a CBC Member, a CBC Spouse, a staff person of a CBC Member or Spouse, CBCF staff, a member of the CBCF Board of Directors, Member of CBCF, Corporate Advisory Council Member of CBCF, or any CBCF-sponsoring entity are not eligible for CBCF internship programs.