The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Announces Spring 2024 Interns

College students from around the country are welcomed to the Nation’s Capital for an enriching program in public policy and professional development

January 16, 2024

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Athena Hernandez
Director, Marketing and Communications 

WASHINGTON, D.C.The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) is excited to announce the Spring 2024 cohort of Congressional interns, set to begin a transformative public policy and professional development journey starting January 16, 2024. Beyond intern placements with Congressional Black Caucus members, this comprehensive program offers a unique blend of experiences to foster holistic professional development.

Selected interns will benefit from an array of opportunities, ensuring a well-rounded experience including accommodations in the heart of Washington, D.C., a stipend, professional development training, and exclusive networking events to expand their professional networks.

“This internship program reflects our commitment to nurturing leaders who will shape the future,” said Ryan Tucker, Sr. Director of the CBCF Leadership Institute. “We are dedicated to providing an immersive and empowering experience that extends beyond traditional roles, preparing our interns for impactful contributions to society in policy, corporate and government sectors, nonprofits, and any other field where diverse leadership is key.”

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.

The CBCF Spring 2024 Intern Cohort is as follows:

Jasmine AbneyUniversity of Illinois, Chicago
Jaylen AntoineUniversity of Puget Sound
Reginald AxelCalifornia State University, Northridge
Bethel BekeleUniversity of Texas at Dallas
Jade BennettGeorgia Southern University
Deyona BurtonFlorida State University
Xavier ChatmanPhilander Smith College
Elijah CrawfordSouthern University and A&M College
Miracle CrawlSavannah State University 
Lauryn DingleUniversity of California Riverside
Haliyat FowoshereMorgan State University 
Nina GiddensXavier University of Louisiana
Nila GreenUniversity of North Texas
Jillian GriffinFlorida State University
Michael Louis HillCalifornia State University, San Bernardino
Jala K. HooksTemple university
Meyri IbrahimUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ryan E. JamesEmory University
Bayleigh JeffersonLouisiana State University
Melanie KeeHampton University
Jalen KnightCornell University 
Akheem MitchellRollins College
Dasani A. MorrisUniversity of South Carolina
India MurphyUniversity of Louisville
Jordan NashRowan University
Elysse PattersonUniversity of Southern California
Samuel Lee Pugh, IIIUniversity of Alabama, Birmingham
Ludnie ReneClemson University 
Justin RogersUniversity of Texas at Austin 
Alaina RuffinGeorge Mason University
Jessica Cémone SimmonsHampton University
Tia ToombsOakwood University
Brandon WilliamsSyracuse University
Kelli S. WilliamsCornell University

Applications for the CBCF Summer 2024 Intern Cohort and scholarships are currently open. For media inquiries/interview opportunities, please contact Athena Hernandez at

About the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research, and educational institute committed to advancing the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. For more information, visit