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    CBCF Welcomes Congressional Summer Interns

    Jun 1, 2013

    The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., (CBCF) welcomed 40 undergraduate students and recent graduates from across the country to its Congressional Internship Program. The students will spend the next two months working in congressional offices where they will observe first-hand how the Hill works and how federal legislation is developed. Interns will create and participate in a summer-long “Model Congress,” lead a community service project that serves Washington area residents and participate in several workshops with Congressional members, corporate executives and leaders in the non profit industries as they experience the many different aspects of leadership. In addition, they will use social media to record their experiences.

    “Much of CBCF’s reputation and certainly our mission are built on the success of our Congressional internship program,” said A. Shuanise Washington, president and chief executive officer for the Foundation. “We are known internationally for our competitive, intensive nine-week program that gives a behind-the-scenes look into the democratic process. This is such a rewarding experience because we bring the students in as individuals and they leave as a cohort with a strong sense of what it is like to be involved in public service. ”

    CBCF created its internship program in 1976 to address the underrepresentation of black professional staff on Capitol Hill. Today, in addition to the Congressional Internship program, the Foundation has the Emerging Leaders and Communications internships, as well as several fellowships for post-graduate studies. Both the intern and fellows programs are described as one of the top public policy training experiences in Washington, D.C.

    Since its inception, more than 1,300 students have participated in Foundation internships. More than 300 well-qualified students applied for the summer 2013 session, an 11 percent increase from last summer. “With recent election activities on a national and state level, we are seeing a generation that’s increasingly committed to being involved in the political process,” said Marjorie Innocent, Ph.D. vice president of Research & Programs at CBCF. “This is also a cohort that participates in community service activities and understands the importance of giving back to their communities. Creating and working in public policy is an extension of this mindset,” she said.

    CBCF’s internships programs are open to full-time and recent college graduates. For more information on criteria and deadlines, visit



    Intern Name Hometown School Office Placement

    Jacquelyn Adams-Davis

    Chicago, IL

    Vassar College

    Rep. Bobby Rush

    Sariah Phoebe Anim-Yankah

    Burke, VA

    Virginia Commonwealth University

    Rep. Bobby Scott

    Danielle Burnette

    Athens, GA

    University of Georgia

    Rep. Hank Johnson

    Yanique Campbell

    Cliffside Park, NJ

    American University

    Rep. Yvette Clarke

    Aspen Clemons

    Anderson, IN

    Spelman College

    Rep. Maxine Waters

    Tatiana Cole

    Los Angeles, CA

    Howard University

    Rep. Karen Bass

    Nicholas Cunningham

    Upper Marlboro, MD

    American University

    Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

    Jonathan Fox

    Hamilton, OH

    Miami University

    Rep. Joyce Beatty

    Ja’Nise Gentry

    Birmingham, AL

    University of Alabama

    Rep. Terri Sewell

    DeAndre Harper

    Marietta, GA

    Georgetown University

    Rep. David Scott

    Camille Henderson

    Newark, DE

    Spelman College

    Rep. Sanford Bishop

    Carl Holland

    Oakland, CA

    UC- Santa Barbara

    Rep. Barbara Lee

    Rhobb Hunter

    Memphis, TN

    Saint Louis University

    Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver

    Maurice Jackson

    Miami, FL

    Florida A&M University

    Rep. Alcee Hastings

    Cajay Jacobs

    St. Thomas, VI

    Cornell University

    Rep. Donna Christensen

    Walter Jean-Jacques

    Union, NJ

    Columbia University

    Rep. Donald Payne, Jr.

    Krystal Joseph

    Sugar Land, TX

    St. Edwards University

    Rep. Al Green

    Rashaad Mayes

    Jacksonville, FL

    Florida A&M University

    Rep. Corrine Brown

    Mariah Mitchell

    Chicago, IL

    W. Illinois University

    Rep. Danny Davis

    Khaair Morrison

    S. Ozone Park, NY

    Hunter College (CUNY)

    Rep. Gregory Meeks

    Jonathan Moses

    Miami Gardens, FL

    Florida A&M University

    Rep. Frederica Wilson

    Anthony Ndikum

    Springfield, MO

    Vanderbilt University

    Sen. Michael Bennet

    Nevasha Noble

    Bowie, MD

    New York University

    Rep. Elijah Cummings

    Jordan Peters

    Baltimore, MD

    Washington University in St. Louis

    Rep. Donna Edwards

    Nathaniel Phillips

    Las Vegas, NV

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    Rep. Steven Horsford

    Roysean Philson

    Spartanburg, SC

    College of Charleston

    Rep. James Clyburn

    Tikierra Pickett

    Wilson, NC

    Elizabeth City State University

    Rep. G.K. Butterfield

    Winford “Kenny” Rice

    Suffolk, VA

    Morehouse College

    Rep. John Lewis

    Alexandra Saizan

    New Orleans, LA

    Tulane University

    Rep. Cedric Richmond

    Ajayi Scott-Robinson

    Oakland, CA

    The George Washington University

    Rep. Charles Rangel

    Brittany Stewart

    Lynwood, IL

    Spelman College

    Rep. Robin Kelly

    Haley Stevenson

    St. Louis, MO

    University of Missouri School of Law

    Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay, Jr.

    Charnae Supplee

    Philadelphia, PA

    University of Pennsylvania

    Rep. Chaka Fattah

    Rita Tekle

    Seattle, WA

    University of Washington, Seattle

    Rep. Gwen Moore

    Alexis Tucker

    Indianapolis, IN

    Indiana State University

    Rep. Andre Carson

    Khanay Turner

    Joshua, TX

    Prairie View A&M University

    Rep. Marcia Fudge

    Deontae Wherry

    Dallas, TX

    Texas Tech University

    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

    Jaynell White

    Winston Salem, NC

    Spelman College

    Rep. Mel Watt

    Natilie Williams

    Chicago, IL

    Central Michigan University

    Rep. John Conyers

    Ro’Chelle Williams

    Sibley, MS

    Tougaloo College

    Rep. Bennie Thompson