The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation has announced a $1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to provide twenty-five African-American students a year, over the next three years, with internships in the nation's capital.
Offered through the CBCF's Leadership Institute for Public Service, the Emerging Leaders Internship Program places undergraduate minority students in an internship on Capitol Hill or in a federal agency, During their internship, interns attend lectures and networking seminars, gain training in legislative writing and research skills, and receive mentoring. To date, more than twelve hundred young leaders have participated in the program.
"African Americans are vastly underrepresented in offices on Capitol Hill. Our Leadership Institute aims to improve diversity in Congress and positively impact young people's lives." said CBCF president and CEO A. Shuanise Washington. "We appreciate this significant contribution because it will move the CBCF closer to its goal of placing an intern or a fellow in each congressional member office."