WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute has launched a national campaign to recruit Hispanic students for its nationally recognized youth development leadership programs.

"As the longest-serving member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, I am always impressed by the quality, hard work, and ambition of the young leaders who have participated in past CHCI programs," said U.S. Rep Solomon Ortiz. "Participants learn how to communicate with elected officials, gain extensive knowledge of the political process, and make numerous professional contacts. I urge all college students and graduates with an interest in how public policy affects the Hispanic community to apply for these programs."

Applications for CHCI's 2008 Congressional Internship, Public Policy Fellowship, Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship, and Scholarship Programs are now available online at www.chci.org.

The Congressional Internship Program provides college students with Congressional placements on Capitol Hill, for a summer period of eight weeks from June to August 2008, and a winter period of 12 weeks from January to April 2009, to learn first-hand about the nation's legislative processes. Housing, travel and $2,500 stipend are provided. The application deadline is Jan. 31.

The Public Policy Fellowship Program, conducted from September to May, provides college graduates with national, hands-on public policy experience in a Congressional office, federal agency, nonprofit sector, or corporate setting. Travel, healthcare and $2,200 monthly stipend are provided. The Public Policy Fellowship Program application deadline is March 1.

The Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship Program offers exceptional Latino graduates and young professionals exposure in the underserved public policy areas of health, housing, law and international affairs.

The fellowship is open to applicants with a graduate degree from an accredited educational institution or equivalent three years professional experience in chosen policy field.

This competitive program is comprised of a nine-month fellowship including a substantive work placement at a legislative subcommittee office, federal agency, national non-profit advocacy organization or corporate office.

The International Affairs Fellowship includes three months abroad in Mexico or Spain from May to July. Travel, health insurance and $2,700 monthly stipend are provided. The Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship Program application deadline is March 1.

The Scholarship Program is available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a two- or four-year accredited college or university.

Students pursuing an associate's degree may apply for a grant in the amount of $1,000, $2,500 for bachelor's candidates and $5,000 for graduate students. The Scholarship Program application deadline is April 16.

To be eligible, all program applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, be a graduate or undergraduate student with a 3.0 grade point average, have remarkable leadership potential, and have demonstrated a vast history and commitment to community and public service.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute is a non-profit organization that provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders. The CHCI's board of directors is comprised of Hispanic members of Congress, nonprofit leaders and corporate executives.

For more information, call CHCI at (202) 543-1771 or visit www.chci.org.