Ms. Calixtro goes to Washington
- Woodburn Independent - Features
Woodburn student completes 12-week internship on Capitol Hill through program for Latino young adults
Elizabeth Calixtro of Woodburn has completed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institutes highly competitive and nationally-recognized Congressional Internship Program.
A political science major at Willamette University, Calixtro was placed in the office of Rep. Steven Horsford of Nevada for 12 weeks this fall, where she learned first-hand about the nations legislative process and issues pending before Congress.
My experience in Washington has been invaluable to my career aspirations and to my personal growth, Calixtro said.
With the support of Walmart, the Ford Foundation, UPS and Southwest Airlines, CHCIs fall internship program provided opportunities to 24 college undergraduates, making it the largest ever class of fall CHCI interns. Collectively, CHCIs fall interns hailed from 15 states and comprised nine different Hispanic ethnicities. Sixty-three percent of them are among the first generation in their families to go to college.
Interns were responsible for conducting extensive legislative research, monitoring hearings, managing constituent communications and assisting with general policy matters.
Additionally, they participated in weekly CHCI leadership development sessions and met with corporate representatives, national elected officials and foreign dignitaries. CHCIs fall interns also worked with high school students from the Latino Student Fund, a D.C. nonprofit that runs programs aimed at improving high school graduation rates in the Hispanic community.
CHCIs internship program provides all participants with housing, round-trip transportation to and from Washington, D.C., as well as a $3,750 stipend.