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CHLI Congratulates its 2012-13 Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program Graduates

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June 6, 2013
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The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Congratulates its 2012-13 Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program Graduates

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Washington, DC - The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) has said goodbye to another great Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program class. The Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program holds two sessions each year. From August to December and January to May, each session consist of four students from diverse backgrounds and different locations throughout the country. 

The CHLI Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program enables outstanding young Americans with a strong interest in the U.S. Hispanic community, to expand their professional horizons and enhance their understanding of government and business by conducting policy and business oriented research and related professional activities in Washington, D.C. for an academic semester.


The participants are exposed to a comprehensive teaching approach. Students are enrolled at the George Washington University, where they take classes on applied politics for a semester. In addition the students are placed in a Congressional office where they will intern for eight weeks and then transition to a corporate government affairs office to intern for another eight weeks. This approach makes it possible for students to put into practice the concepts they learn in the classroom right away, and develop the skills that are needed to succeed in today's business and political environment.  


Thank you to our partners, who hosted our interns at their offices and served as mentors, provided useful feedback, and assisted in preparing the students to enter the workforce. Thank you to Katrina Valdes,  Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart's office; Judi Wolford and Sharlett Mena, Congressman Albio Sires' office; Gabriella Boffelli and Chris Ferrer, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen's office; Ben Jackson and Amy Travieso, Congressman Henry Cuellar's office; Jim Durrett and Rob Lehman, Senator Rob Portman's office.


And special thanks to the corporate partners: Juan Otero and Jacquelyn Puente, Comcast/NBC/Telemundo; John Hoel, Altria Group; Belinda Garza, Walmart; Sarah Lacy, General Motors; Mariko Bennett,  Baxter Pharmaceuticals; Renee Courtland, Davidsohn Global Technologies, Inc.; Bert Gomez, Univision Communications Inc.; Omar Franco, Becker & Poliakoff; and Liz Lopez, Barnes & Thornburg LLP.


The Global Leaders Program would not be possible without the contributions of corporations that are dedicated to the development, education, and training of the future leaders of our nation. A special thanks to Juan Otero Comcast/NBC/Telemundo; John Hoel, Altria Group; and Belinda Garza, Walmart; for their ceaseless dedication to our programs and our current and future leaders.  
The 2012-13 participants have experience in areas such as health care, international affairs, applied research, agriculture, women's studies, and computer science.  "A variety of backgrounds in our students only accentuates the rich diversity of the Hispanic community, and provides a great opportunity for our nation's future leaders to collaborate and expose themselves to different ideas," said Mary Ann Gomez, CHLI's Executive Director.  CHLI is proud of:
Pamela Ascon
Pamela Ascon
Hometown: Lima, Peru
University: University of Southern California 
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion Disease Prevention

Congressional Internship:Congressman Albio Sires (NJ-8) 

Corporate Internship:Baxter Pharmaceuticals


Nahir Davila 
Nahir Davila

Hometown: Quito, Ecuador 

University: Florida International University

Degree: Bachelor of Science in International Relations

Congressional Internship:Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)

Corporate Internship:General Motors

Miguel Loeza
Miguel Loeza

Hometown: Huandacareo

Michoacan, Mexico

University: Northeastern Illinois University

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Congressional Internship:Senator Rob Portman (OH)

Corporate Internship:General Motors
Michael Perez
Michael Perez

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico 

University: Brookland College 

Degree: Baccalaureate in Critical Bilingualism

Congressional Internship:Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) 

Corporate Internship:Davidsohn Global Technologies Inc.


Barbara Sostaita
Barbara Sostaita

Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina 

University: Winston Salem College 

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Religion

Congressional Internship:Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)

David Trujillo
David Trujillo
Hometown: Coral Gables, Florida 

University: Florida International University 

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

Congressional Internship:Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) 

Eliza Ramirez
Eliza Ramirez

Hometown: Anaheim, California 

University: California State University 

Degree: Bachelor of Art in Political Science and Women's Studies

Congressional Internship:Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen (FL-27) 

Corporate Internship:Comcast/NBC/Telemundo 

Vivian Zamora
Vivian Zamora
Lima, Peru  
University: Brigham Young University 
Degree: Bachelor in Public Health
Congressional Internship:Congressman Albio Sires (NJ-8)  
Corporate Internship:Baxter Pharmaceuticals


About CHLI:


Founded in 2003, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), is a 501(c) 3 non- profit, non-partisan organization, based in Washington, D.C. CHLI's vision is advancing the Hispanic community's diversity of thought. CHLI is the premier organization founded by Members of Congress to advance the Hispanic Community's Economic Progress with a focus on Social Responsibility and Global Competitiveness.

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