CBCF State Farm Communications Internship

CBCF State Farm Communications Internship

The semester-long CBCF Communications Internship program, sponsored by State Farm, offers college seniors (including rising seniors) and recently graduated students the opportunity to learn about press and media relations on Capitol Hill. This program will take place in person from January to May 2022. Interns will receive housing, a stipend and work with the press secretary or communications director in Congressional members’ offices. This program is offered during the fall and spring semesters. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and have a demonstrated interest in public service, governance, and the policy-making process.

CBCF will offer three information sessions to allow prospective applicants to learn more about our internship program. Should this be of interest, please register for the information session of your choice:
Tuesday, September 21 at 6 PM EST: Registration Link
Monday, October 4 at 6 PM EST: Registration Link
Wednesday, October 20 at 6 PM EST: Registration Link

Spring Internship Program

Candidate Requirements
You must use your full first and last name as your display name when creating your application account.

• U.S. citizenship or a permit to work in the U.S. for the duration of the program (January 10, 2022 – April 29, 2022)
• Must be available to participate full-time upon acceptance, and cannot be enrolled in classes (the program can be used for credit with university approval for applicants who are seniors)
• Must have not graduated more than a year from the internship program start date. Interns cannot be enrolled in graduate studies.

Application Materials
PLEASE NOTE: Our two-part online application will require you to submit the following (must complete General Application to gain access to Conditional Application):
• Submit completed application by 11:59 pm ET, October 18, 2021
• 2 Essay Question Responses (located within Conditional Application)
• 2 letters of recommendation, submitted electronically (hard copy letters will not be accepted)
• Resume listing extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service, and special skills (2-page limit)
• Transcript (must be uploaded directly in application portal)
• A recent photograph suitable for publication (i.e., a graduation photo or other professional-quality photograph in which the subject is formally dressed)

COVID-19 Guidelines
The in-person nature of this program will require both vaccination and adherence to CDC guidelines, given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to applying to this internship program, please read the following expectations in their entirety:

The combination of getting vaccinated and following the CDC’s and other state/local public health recommendations to protect our community are the best protection from COVID-19 available to us, and will allow The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (“CBCF”) Congressional Interns to return, as much as possible, to the pre-pandemic, in-person activities that is one of the hallmark programs offered by the CBCF. Therefore, all Congressional Interns will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to obtain an approved exemption as an accommodation (as described more fully below) in order to participate in the Congressional Internship beginning in January 2022.

This policy is being announced well in advance of the January 2022 start date, so that Congressional Interns and their families have the opportunity to gather information, consult with their medical providers if they so choose, and make informed choices for themselves.

Vaccination Policy
This Policy requires that all Congressional Interns (i) provide proof that they are fully vaccinated by December 03, 2021, or (ii) obtain an approved exemption as an accommodation (the process for seeking an accommodation is explained below). Only vaccines authorized for emergency use and/or full use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are acceptable under this policy.

Until full vaccination is documented or an approved exemption as an accommodation is obtained, Congressional Interns may not be approved to participate in the Congressional Internship.

All Congressional Interns are expected to have completed a full vaccination regime, or have an approved exemption accommodation, prior to arriving to Congressional Intern housing. Interns who have neither been fully vaccinated nor received an exemption accommodation prior to arrival to housing are not permitted in Intern housing. Congressional Interns who fail to become fully vaccinated or obtain an approved exemption accommodation by December 03, 2021 will be subject to being rejected from the program.

Requests for Accommodations
Congressional Interns may request an approved exemption from the vaccination requirement as an accommodation for medical or sincerely held religious reasons:

Congressional Interns may request an accommodation for a medical reason such as a disability (as defined by applicable law), pregnancy (or childbirth or a related medical condition), being a nursing mother, having a documented medical condition that contraindicates the vaccination, or any other trait, characteristic, or class for which applicable law requires the CBCF to provide reasonable workplace accommodations .

Congressional Interns may request an accommodation for a non-medical reason, such as an objection to being vaccinated on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs and practices.

Accommodation requests for the Spring 2022 Congressional Internship should be submitted to Human Resources in writing no later than December 03, 2021.

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.

You can find more information on the following page: http://www.cbcfinc.org/internships

Supplemental Questions
  1. Essay 1: Describe the two main reasons that inspired you to apply for this internship. (500 word maximum)
  2. 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? (500 word maximum)