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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Fall 2011

Student: International Relations & Global Studies Senior
Position: Intern for Representative Henry Cuellar

Interning for a Member of the United States Congress has been one of the most fulfilling experiences in my life. However having the opportunity to intern for a Member of Congress through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) significantly improved my experience on Capitol Hill because of the prestige of the internship, the opportunities offered and financial support provided. In the day-to-day activities I was responsible for answering phones, batching constituent mail and booking tours. Those were my main responsibilities as an intern but occasionally I would be given the opportunity to conduct research on important topics such as the Free Trade Agreements with Panama, South Korea and Colombia and the restructuring of the Post Office retirement fund. Performing these tasks helped me develop professionally and personally but the parts of the internship that were the most memorable, were the ones that took place with my Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute family. One of the first major events my internship class and I attended was the CHCI Public Policy Conference. The conference was a weeklong extravaganza that included workshops on low-income housing, international trade, border economy development, immigration, education and healthcare. There were professionals from diverse fields that came together to create solutions that inter connected fields and effectively addressed issues. Interning in Congress has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and there is a drastic need for people of color and different perspectives in Congress.

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