WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2015) - The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), together with Florida International University (FIU), announced a commitment to increase internship placements, provide alumni mentors, quality programming and support services for both FIU and CHLI interns.
This unique partnership further deepens a strong history of collaboration between the nation's largest Hispanic-serving university and 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.
"We are honored by this commitment from CHLI to expand opportunities for FIU students to launch their careers in our nation's capital. This will greatly enhance our work, especially with corporate partners, to increase internships in policy and the STEM sectors for our students," said Kenneth G. Furton, FIU Provost.
The partnership launched at the 11th Annual CHLI Gala and Leadership Awards in Washington, D.C., where FIU was honored on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the University's founding and as a long-term supporter of CHLI programming.
"FIU is a key partner for CHLI. Every day, CHLI's relationship with FIU deepens, allowing a greater number of students to benefit from our relationship. CHLI is deeply grateful to the leadership of FIU for the opportunity to help students become leaders of tomorrow," said CHLI Chairman and former Member of Congress, Lincoln Diaz-Balart.
Through this mutual commitment, FIU and CHLI will focus on offering FIU Honors College students support in their pursuit of corporate and congressional internship opportunities, and further expand the CHLI Internship Program by pursuing private corporate support collaboratively. Additionally, the initiative will offer exclusive opportunities in the Washington, D.C. area, and will aim to cultivate and engage both the FIU and CHLI alumni network for identification of mentors and internship sponsors.
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (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. Founded in 2003, CHLI is a 501(c)3 non-profit and non-partisan organization. CHLI is dedicated to fostering a broad awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests and views of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. CHLI programs strengthen the U.S. Hispanic community by promoting the advancement of Hispanics in all sectors of the U.S. and global economy. CHLI has focused its efforts on developing and strengthening tomorrow's leaders, and has funded close to a $1,000,000 in educational programs. For more information about CHLI, visit http://www.chli.org/.
Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU contributes $8.9 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member ofConference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.