Internship Eligibility & the Application Process

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


  • A $3,000 stipend for the Congressional Internship program and a $4,000 stipend for the Emerging Leaders and Communication Internship programs
  • Housing at a local university
  • Eligibility to receive academic credit at the intern’s college or university (subject to institution’s requirements)


  • U.S. citizenship or a permit to work in the U.S. for the duration of the internship
  • Active full-time enrollment in college or recent graduation from college within twelve (12) months of internship application
  • Completion of at least 30 credits towards an undergraduate degree
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrated interest in public service, governance, and the policy-making process

Selection Process

Interns are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Solid scholastic achievement
  • Strong writing skills
  • Community service contributions
  • Evidence of leadership skills
  • Quality of application and, in some instances, interview performance

For the Congressional Internship Program: Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black young professionals who have earned a graduate or professional degree.

Application Materials

The completed online application must be submitted by midnight on the deadline date for the relevant program. The following items will be requested through the online application:

  1. A completed online application form, including the required short essays
  2. A one(1)-page resume listing extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service, and special skills
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation. We suggest at least one letter of recommendation written by a dean, department chair, academic adviser, 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 date to be considered with the application. Please follow the instructions found in the application. Hard copy letters sent to the CBCF, as well as e-mails sent to the internship e-mail address, will not be accepted.
  4. A recent photograph suitable for publication (i.e. a graduation picture or other professional-quality photograph in which the subject is formally dressed)

Additional Required Materials

All of the above documents should be submitted through the online application. Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended should be mailed to the CBCF at the following address and received by the application deadline:

Congressional Internship Programs
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
1720 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

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

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