TRENTON – Acknowledging the importance for students to develop and strengthen professional skills essential for career success, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno today announced that the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development is currently recruiting college students from New Jersey for the Governor’s Hispanic Fellows Program’s Class of 2013.
The program brings Hispanic college students to the state capitol for eight weeks and introduces them to career opportunities in public service, government, nonprofits and the private sector. Overseen by the Department of State’s Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development (CHPRD), the fellowship is a partnership with the Foundation for the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development.
“The Governor’s Hispanic Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity for some of our state’s best and brightest young people in the Hispanic community to gain valuable hands-on experience in state government,” said Guadagno, who oversees the Department of State. “Each fellow will receive a rare opportunity to work across state government and engage with business, government and community leaders.”
Each week, the fellows participate in intensive training sessions to cultivate and develop leadership skills. Past programs have covered topics such as community empowerment, enhancing self-confidence among the young, conflict resolution and public policy, diversity and the public policy process. Since its inception, 660 college students have participated in the Governor’s Hispanic Fellow Program. For more information on the program and student criteria, visit http://nj.gov/state/programs/pdf/2013-chprd-student-application.pdf. The application deadline is April 5.
Corporate entities or government and non-profit organizations can apply to sponsor a fellow by calling 1-609-943-4991 or by going to http://nj.gov/state/programs/dos_program_chprd_internship.html.