Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute

Fall 2019 GL's


Meet the FALL 2019 Global Leaders



Home: Florida

University: Columbia University

Major: Political Science

Graduation Year: Spring 2021

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Joshua Elias is devoted to resolving conflict in the most disharmonious communities worldwide. He attended Miami-Dade College for two years and was the Student Government Association Vice President at the Kendall Campus. During his time there, he interned with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as a Civics and ESOL instructor, helping spanish-speaking immigrants to prepare for their U.S. citizenship exam. After earning his associate’s degree in international relations, he transferred to Columbia University where he served as a representative for the class of 2020 last spring. Joshua also volunteers with the Columbia Housing Equity Project as a Direct Outreach Leader to assist  the Morningside Heights Community. Passionate about experiencing new cultures, he has traveled to Indonesia and Iceland on two different study abroad trips and recently completed an internship in India working for a non-profit. Joshua’s goal is to become a foreign service officer and focus on stabilization and genocide prevention efforts. He enjoys studying film, creative writing and has a black belt in mixed martial arts.  


Mariaeugenia Gurdian

Home: Florida

University: Florida International University

Major: Political Science and International Relations

Graduation Year: Spring 2020

Mariaeugenia was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and is of Nicaraguan descent. She is a senior in the Honors College at Florida International University (FIU) pursuing a double major in Political Science and International Relations with a Pre-Law certificate. She served as the Vice President of Operations for the Student Ambassadors at FIU, which serves as the student liaison to alumni and donors. She is incredibly grateful for the close-knit Hispanic community and the opportunities provided at her university and hopes to share her experiences in D.C. with them. Additionally, she has volunteered at adult education centers throughout Miami-Dade helping Hispanic immigrants learn the English language and assimilate into America. Her education has fostered her passion for foreign policy, especially relating to Latin America. She is excited to engage in hands-on learning through the Global Leaders Program in order to explore her future opportunities. After her time with CHLI she plans to pursue a law degree and work on international issues, especially those impacting Latin American countries. 


Juliana Fleming

Home: Massachusetts

University: UMass-Dartmouth

Major: Political Science and Criminal Justice with a Minor in Spanish

Graduation Year: December 2020

Juliana was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She is extremely proud of her Hispanic heritage that has been passed down from her Cuban abuelo and Colombian abuela. She attends the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth where she’s centered her studies to prepare her for a career as an international human rights lawyer. She is an advocate for the underrepresented and aspires to give a voice to the voiceless. She interned with Aegerion, a pharmaceutical company, and worked with their patient advocacy department to help those who suffer from the rare diseases. This past summer, she interned with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s office in the constituent services department; an invaluable opportunity that gave her firsthand experience in our democracy. While interning at Governor Baker’s office she also did a legal internship with Roman Law Offices, assisting in immigration and family cases. These experiences, on top of her studies, are done with the intention of giving back to underrepresented communities around the world. In the rare times that she is free, Juliana plays soccer for her university, spends time with family and friends, and continues to sharpen her language skills in the hopes of being a polyglot one day. 


Daniella Rosello

Home: Florida

University: University of Florida

Major: Political Science and Economics with a Minor in Innovation

Graduation Year: Spring 2020

Daniella was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and is of Cuban descent. As part of her undergraduate studies, she is double-majoring in Political Science and Economics while pursuing a minor in Innovation. She is actively involved in the Hispanic community on her campus, serving as the Vice-President and Re-Founder of the Cuban-American Student Association. Daniella is passionate about policy and helping her community, serving as a senator in UF’s student government and having previously had the experience of interning with Senator Marco Rubio (FL). Additionally, she is a highly motivated self-starter and is currently working on a start-up tech company, BookMark’d', focused on increasing access to higher education. She is excited to be a part of the CHLI familia and looks forward to growing within the program and understanding the opportunities available in D.C., outside of the traditional role of government. Currently studying for the LSAT, Daniella plans to pursue law school beginning Fall 2020. Regardless of what her future holds, she remains devoted to her Hispanic community and seeks to use her experience and resources gained to give back and uplift it.




A 15 week internship program working in Congressional and corporate offices in Washington D.C.

Students will work on project-based programs that provide hands-on experience and also strengthen their understanding of public policy and will also earn academic credit hours from the George Washington University.

The program takes place in the spring and in the fall semester of each year. 




WEEK 2-7

Congressional Office Placement

Weeks 7-15

Corporate Office Placement


For-credit academic coursework at a local university.

Congressional and corporate public policy experience.

Monthly living and transportation stipend, housing.

Airfare to/from Washington, D.C.

Networking opportunities


Must be a Junior, Senior, or within one calendar year of graduation. All majors are strongly encouraged to apply.

Enrolled at a 4-year college or university.

Available to complete the entire program semester.

All persons selected for an internship will be required to verify their identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form.