CBCF Emerging Leaders Internship Program


The semester-long Emerging Leaders Internship Program sponsored by Walmart creates a corps of trained, young leaders with the skills, outlook, and contacts necessary to generate and sustain positive change in Washington, D.C. and their local communities. Interns will receive housing, a stipend, and will be placed in Congressional offices. Interns will be working full-time, 40 hours a week in their office as well as participating in mandatory professional development sessions. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; should be at least a college sophomore at the time of application; have a permit to work in the U.S.; and have a demonstrated interest in public service, governance, and the policy-making process. Additionally, applicants must also have a current U.S. Passport as interns may have the opportunity to travel to Japan. Recent college graduates are eligible as long as they have not yet started post-graduate studies and have graduated no more than a year from the internship program start date.

You must use your full first and last name as your display name when creating your application account. This will allow us to locate your application when uploading your transcripts.

PLEASE NOTE: The online application has “two” segments. The first is the general application which collects materials relevant for all of our programs. Once you have completed this portion, you will be brought to a section showing all opportunities for which you may be eligible. The second part is where you can answer opportunity-specific questions for each scholarship/internship/etc., such as personal statements, additional references, art samples, etc.

_The two-part online application will require you to submit the following:
(1) Two short essays answering the questions provided in the application.
(2) Three electronically submitted letters of recommendation.
(3) A one-page resume listing extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service, and special skills
(4) In addition, official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended should be uploaded to your online application in the second part, Supplemental Questions, after you submit your General Application.

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Part 1 – General Application

To assist you through the application portal, here are some screen captures

  1. Resume (1 page maximum) detailing your academics, extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service, and special skills.
  2. Recent photograph suitable for publication (i.e., a cap and gown picture, or other professional quality and professionally dressed photograph).
  3. TWO (2) electronically submitted letters of recommendation. We suggest one come from a community or public service leader (i.e. church leader, community leader, volunteer organization). The application provides instructions for your references to upload their letters. Reference Portal Examples

Part 2 – Supplemental Questions (after submitting General Application)

  1. Official transcript (all pages, in color, and legible) scanned and uploaded as ONE (1) PDF file to the Supplemental Questions (which you will access only after you submit your General Application). We are no longer accepting applications via postal mail.
  2. Two short essays answering the questions provided in the application.
  3. An additional letter of recommendation (from an individual other than those requested on the General Application).

IMPORTANT Former interns, immediate relatives (defined as one’s parents, step-parents, siblings, spouse, children, step-children, foster children, in-laws, sibling in-laws, grandparents, great grandparents, step-great grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews) of a CBC Member, a CBC Spouse, a staff person of a CBC Member or Spouse, CBCF staff, a member of the CBCF Board of Directors, Member of CBCF, Corporate Advisory Council Member of CBCF, or any CBCF-sponsoring entity are not eligible for CBCF internship programs.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload an *official* electronic transcript. Screenshots will NOT be accepted. Transcripts *should not* be mailed into the foundation. All documents mailed into the foundation will be discarded and not uploaded to your application.
  2. Please request an additional letter of recommendation (from an individual other than those requested on the General Application).
  3. Please upload two double-spaced essays, no longer than 500 words, answering the essay prompts below. The header should include the applicant's name and essay title.
    • Essay 1: Describe the two main reasons that inspired you applied for this internship opportunity.
    • 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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