The Congressional Foster Youth Internship (FYI) Program provides talented college students, who have spent their formative years in foster care, an opportunity to intern in Congressional offices for the summer. These young adults, who have beaten the odds and thrived in spite of difficult circumstances, bring their unique perspectives and resilient spirits to serve in the offices of the U.S. Congress. The FYI Program raises awareness about the 517,000 children in foster care, and specifically the 114,000 currently available for adoption, by bringing members of Congress in direct contact with those who have personal experience of the foster care system. Supplemental to the interns’ work on Capitol Hill, CCAI enhances the experiences of the interns by organizing an orientation and training program, bimonthly educational sessions, and a mid-summer retreat. In addition, CCAI provides a stipend, covers all housing and travel expenses, and acts as an ongoing support network for the FYI program participants.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- The applicant was in U.S. foster care system at the time of their 18th birthday or be adopted after their 14th birthday from the U.S. foster care system.
- The applicant has completed at least 2 years of college in a 4-year degree program.
- Good writing and research skills accompanied by an interest in the legislative process are required, and students in every degree program are encouraged to apply.
For more information about the Congressional Foster Youth Internship program, contact Chelsea Cathcart at (202) 544-8500.