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Communications Internship Program Sponsored by State Farm

Mission

The CBCF Communications Internship Program sponsored by State Farm provides college undergraduates the opportunity to work directly with the press secretary or communications director on Capitol Hill in a CBC member office or congressional committee. This semester-long program seeks to increase minority participation in public relations, journalism, and other media-related fields.

Program Description

The CBCF Communications Internship is a semester-long program for college students who are interested in learning about press and media relations on Capitol Hill. Interns work with the press secretary or communications director in Congressional Black Caucus member offices. Interns contribute substantially to their host offices by researching legislation, preparing press releases, writing op-editorials, writing arguments for a position, organizing and helping to prepare for briefings and forums, and performing various office tasks. Housing and a stipend are provided. This program is offered during the fall and spring semesters.

George Washington University’s Semester in Washington Program

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. This program offers a combination of hands-on coursework and networking opportunities at some of the most famous addresses in the country. 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. For more information, videos and testimonials from alumni visit GWU’s website at: www.siwpolitics.gwu.edu.

Benefits

  • 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

Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen or permit to work in the U.S.
  • Currently or recently (within the past 12 months) enrolled in college full-time when applying for program
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be at least a college sophomore by the internship start date
  • Demonstrated interest in public service, governance, and policy-making process

Selection Process

Selecting a CBCF Communications Intern is based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Strength of faculty nomination
  • Strong writing skills
  • Exposure and some work experience in communications fields
  • Evidence of leadership skills
  • Quality of paper application and interview performance

Application Materials

The completed online application must be submitted by midnight on June 6, 2014.The additional required materials must be postmarked no later than the deadline date. The following items will be requested through the online application:

  1. A completed online 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. Three (3) letters of recommendation. We suggest at least one letter of recommendation be written by a dean, department chair, academic advisor, or employer. Letters must be on official letterhead, state the recommender's title, and provide contact information. Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline for your application to be considered complete. Please follow the instructions found in the application. Hard copy letters sent to the organization as well as e-mailed recommendation letters sent to the internship e-mail address will not be accepted.
  5. 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 document is to be mailed to the organization. This document must be postmarked no later than the deadline date:

  1. Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended

Official transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

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

The selection is highly competitive. Applications are submitted to CBCF and reviewed by a CBCF selection committee. Finalists are selected and notified by CBCF.

Additional Information

For more information, please call (202) 263-2800 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and type “Communications Internship Program” in the subject line. You can also visit our FAQ page.

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