CBCF Welcomes Congressional Summer Interns

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

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