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

Summer 2019 Congressional Internship

  • Open Date: February 1, 2019
  • Close Date: March 29, 2019
  • Program Dates: May 27 – July 26, 2019

Sponsored by various corporations and organizations, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Congressional Internship program offers undergraduate juniors and seniors as well as recent graduate students the opportunity to learn about the legislative process, leadership and careers in the policy making process. Interns work in Congressional Black Caucus member offices, attend professional development events, and participate in leadership development projects.

This program is offered only during the summer (May through July). CBCF interns receive a bi-weekly stipend, in addition to housing and professional development activities.

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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.