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Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Welcomes Summer 2024 Intern Cohort

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 4, 2024

CONTACT:
Athena W. Hernandez
media@cbcfinc.org
(202) 263-2832

Washington, D.C. — June 4, 2024 — The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) is excited to announce the arrival of the Summer 2024 cohort of Congressional and C-Suite interns, a dynamic group of young leaders from colleges and universities across the country poised to begin a transformative public policy and professional development journey this week. This highly competitive internship program offers a unique opportunity for students to gain firsthand experience in the legislative process, develop leadership skills, and contribute to the mission of advancing the global Black community.

Throughout the summer, the selected interns will be placed in Congressional offices and work closely with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. They will engage in policy research, constituent services, legislative writing, and attend professional development workshops as part of the CBCF program. This immersive experience is designed to empower interns with the skills and networks needed to effect change and pursue careers in public service, and includes accommodations in the heart of Washington, D.C., a stipend, professional development training, and exclusive networking events to expand their professional networks.

As a feature of the program, CBCF Summer 2024 Congressional and C-Suite Internship cohort are photographed inside the Rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building before a professional headshots photo shoot.

“As we welcome our Summer 2024 interns, we are reminded of our commitment to nurture leaders whose talents and aspirations will shape the future,” said Dr. Ryan Tucker, Sr. Director of the CBCF Leadership Institute. “Through their work on Capitol Hill and in corporate spaces, and the guidance they receive in the program, we are confident they will not only contribute significantly during their time with us but will also go on to be changemakers in their respective fields.”

The Congressional Internship program is one of a full range of experiential opportunities offered by the CBCF Leadership Institute, whose goal is to increase the pool of Black leaders in public service careers and public policy positions through providing fellowships, internships, and scholarships. In 2023, CBCF hosted 110 interns across the Spring, Summer, and Fall from 24 states and representing 80 schools. The program also awarded more than $3 million in scholarships to 380 students that same year.

The CBCF Summer 2024 Intern Cohort is as follows:

Aaron ThompsonHarvard College
Adam SherifUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Addison RoseUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ahmir DayUniversity of Virginia
Alexandria TaylorPrairie View A&M University
Alexis RodriguezSan José State University
Alicia SpightXavier University of Louisiana
Amya FeddPrairie View A&M University
Aniyah DenisVirginia State University
Arana BlakeNorth Carolina State University
Ari WeemsNorfolk State University
Arrington EvansVirginia Commonwealth University
Blake SextonGeorgetown University
Braeden LessaneHampton University
Brandon HorneSouthern University
Brian Best, Jr.Claflin University
Brooke SpringfieldHoward University
Bryson RobertsonUniversity of Miami
Cherie AnimashaunCornell University
Christopher WatsonCornell University
Collin McNattMorehouse College
Cori RossHoward University
Courtney StephensonFlorida A&M University
Damarion KingMorehouse College
Darion JohnsonMorehouse College
David MatthewsSamford University
Deborah KyerematenUniversity of Connecticut
Destinee JacksonNorfolk State University
Gabrielle DandridgeSpelman College
Gabrielle SkylesUniversity of Southern California
Georquel GoodwinHampton University
Hope GiadolorUniversity of Texas at Dallas
Isaiah EbyVanderbilt University
Jared WilliamsThe College of New Jersey
Jordan FordUniversity of Richmond
Kalil BennettEmory University
Kayle AmosThe University of Mississippi
Kejuan StewartAlbany State University – Albany
Kelsie Ania TillageSpelman College
Kendall WalkerMorehouse College
Kylan BensonHarvard University
Lamis HabilaUniversity of Pennsylvania
Leah KabuyaHoward University
Liam WuestmanMorehouse College
Madison AndreaUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mariah HudsonUniversity of Virginia
Mariyah PickettSpelman College
Mary BettersonHoward University
Mason MackieYale University
Maya MuldrowNorth Caroline Agricultural and Technical State University
Michaela TolliverMercer University – Macon, Georgia
Michelle Jean-LouisHarvard College
Nicole AsuquoUniversity of Colorado – Colorado Springs
Nigel ParkerUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nyic’Quavayion WillisGrambling State University
Ryan BatesSpelman College
Saiida WebbHoward University
Sasha WilsonGrambling State University
Sean MoranGeorgetown University
Sierra FordBard College
Stephanie Danielle Boyd-MaignanOhio State University
Taylor BranchSpelman College
Tiana HicksUniversity of Houston
Tori PierceXavier University of Louisiana
Tsion WeldetsadikHope College
Tyler CollinsLouisiana State University
Zaid SteeleShaw University

A cornerstone of the Foundation’s commitment to developing future leaders who are dedicated to advancing the interests of the Black community, the CBCF internship program selects students based on academic achievement, leadership potential, and a demonstrated commitment to public service.

Made possible by generous corporate partners whose support provides stipends, housing, and professional development for students to work and learn as interns in the halls of Congress, the CBCF Summer 2024 Internship cohort is sponsored by the following companies and organizations:

AflacPhillips 66
AmazonSigma Pi Phi Boule
Best BuyThe Executive Leadership Council
CTIAThe Links, Inc.
Delta Research & Educational Foundation (DREF)UPSViatris
GenentechVisa

In addition to assignments in Congressional Member office, C-Suite sponsors also host interns in their government affairs offices in Washington, D.C. This summer’s C-Suite sponsors are Aflac, CTIA, Home Depot, and Viatris.

For more information about the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and its internship programs, please visit cbcfinc.org.

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