CBCF Emerging Leaders Internship Program


Sponsored by Walmart, the semester-long Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Internship is a semester-long opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year and recent graduates with an interest in public policy and legislation to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom on Capitol Hill.

Successful candidates will work five days a week in assigned offices in the House of Representatives, the Senate, committees, and agencies. While on Capitol Hill, interns will research legislation, identify co-sponsors for various bills, help prepare for briefings and forums, and perform various office tasks. Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and network with interns from other institutions.

It is the mission of the CBCF Leadership Institute to diversify Capitol Hill by placing a CBCF intern in every Congressional office. During the spring and fall semesters, interns will be placed in Congressional offices on both sides of the aisle. Applicants should be aware that there is very high likelihood that they will not be placed in CBC member offices. Applicants can learn more about our mission here: Emerge 535

This program is offered during the fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters. CBCF interns receive a bi-weekly stipend, in addition to housing and professional development activities.


  • U.S. citizenship or permit to work in the United States (CBCF Leadership Institute does not sponsor visas)
  • Currently enrolled as a junior or senior in an accredited, full-time undergraduate program
  • Recent graduates are encouraged to apply so long as they have graduated less than 12 months from the internship start date
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrated interest in media arts, digital communications, public service, governance, and policy-making process
  • Applicants should have a basic understanding of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, Reddit and other social networks. Experience with social measurement tools, social advertising, and Google Analytics is a plus.


  • Applicants must use their full first and last name as their display name when creating an account. This will allow the CBCF Leadership Institute to locate applications easily.
  • All supplemental documents (transcript, letters of recommendation, etc.) must be received by the application deadline.

The two-part online application will require applicants to submit the following:

  1. Two (2) short essays answering the questions provided in the application.
  2. Two to three (2-3) electronically submitted letters of recommendation.
  3. A one-page resume listing extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service, and special skills.
  4. An official sealed transcript from all institutions attended can be sent via mail (ATTN: CBCF Emerging Leaders Internship) if you are unable to upload an official transcript.

PLEASE NOTE: The online application has two segments. The first part collects information relevant to all CBCF Leadership Institute Programs. Upon completion, applicants will be redirected to all opportunities for which they may be eligible.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload an *official* electronic transcript. Screenshots will NOT be accepted. Transcripts can also be submitted by mail before the application deadline (applicants may upload their transcript request confirmation or receipt in this space as a placeholder).
  2. Please request an additional letter of recommendation (from an individual other than those requested on the General Application).
  3. Please upload a double-spaced essay no longer than 500 words in PDF format. The header should include the applicant's name and essay title.
    • Essay 1: What is the role of the millennial servant leader on Capitol Hill in the 21st century?
    • Essay 2: Identify the most pressing public policy issue affecting your community. If you were a Member of Congress, what measures would you take to address this issue?
  4. Of the policy issue areas listed below, pick three of interest to you most. Rank those three policy issue areas based upon your level of interest, with one (1) representing the highest and three (3) representing the lowest:

    Interest #1:
  5. If Other, please note:
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