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CBCF Expands Internship Program to the White House

2/2/2012, 9:22 p.m.

WASHINGTON, DC - The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) has expanded its signature internship program to include a partnership with the White House. Two CBCF interns will be assigned to the White House for the spring semester.

The interns are part of a group of 17 undergraduate students from across the country who will get a first-hand account of the inner workings of the nation's executive and legislative bodies as part of the Emerging Leaders internship program sponsored by Wal-Mart, and the Communications internship program sponsored by State Farm. Each intern will earn nine credit hours from George Washington University as well as receive housing and a stipend.

"Our internship programs create a corps of young leaders with the skills, outlook and contacts necessary to generate and sustain positive change in Washington and their local communities," said CBCF Chairman Rep. Donald M. Payne of New Jersey. "At the end of this semester, the interns will leave the program better informed about how politics work and how they can influence the public policy-making process."

The CBCF mission and reputation for success is rooted in the strong leadership, education and development programs it offers to interns.

"The fact that we have connected the dots in offering opportunities for students within the executive and legislative branches as well as government agencies is a plus for them," said Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer for CBCF. "We are known throughout the nation for our internship programs which provide college undergraduates with a behind-the-scenes look into the democratic process."

Since its inception some 35 years ago, more than 1,500 students have participated in CBCF internships. Many are now distinguished leaders in their own right, working across the globe in government, corporations and in non-profits.

In addition to the Wal-Mart and Communications internships, CBCF has its highly competitive summer Congressional Internship Program for college students and recent college graduates who are interested in building a career in government and public service. CBCF internship programs and its expanded two year Fellowship programs are described as one of the top public policy training experience in Washington, D.C.

CBCF's internships programs are open to full-time and recent college graduates. For more information on criteria and deadlines, go to www.cbcfinc.org.