Walmart Renews Commitment to Latino Education and Career Development

Oct 18, 2011, 14:43 ET from Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Second $1 Million Gift to CHCI Continues Year-Round Internships for Latino Undergraduates

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nation's premier Latino youth leadership development and educational organization, today announced a new $1 million grant from Walmart to continue the fall and spring semesters of its award-winning Congressional Internship Program (CIP) through 2015.  Walmart's $1 million donation in 2009 allowed CHCI to expand its traditional summer program to conduct three internship sessions each year, effectively doubling the reach of the internship program.  Since the program's expansion, 55 CHCI Walmart Congressional interns have benefited from this life-changing experience.


"CHCI is thrilled to continue its strong relationship with Walmart to benefit the ever-expanding Latino youth population and ensure more opportunities are provided for Latino undergraduates to access careers in public service and public policy," said Charles A. Gonzalez, CHCI Chair.  "Over the past three years, this partnership has allowed CHCI to dramatically increase the talent pipeline and address Hispanic under-representation on Capitol Hill by doubling our capacity to offer these once-in-a-lifetime paid internships.  With its renewal of this generous gift, Walmart continues to demonstrate its strong commitment to diversity and equality in the workforce."

"More than a decade ago, I had the honor of serving as an intern in Washington, D.C.  The experience I gained broadened my view of the world and helped me develop a deep appreciation for the role public policy can play in peoples' lives," said Belinda Garza, Walmart Director of Federal Government Relations.  "Walmart is proud to support these future leaders as they make their mark in Congress and help their communities live better."

CHCI's CIP places college undergraduates in Congressional offices where they are responsible for conducting extensive legislative research, monitoring day-to-day hearings, managing constituent communications, and assisting with general office matters.  Additionally, interns participate in weekly CHCI leadership and professional development sessions and meet with corporate representatives, national elected officials, and foreign dignitaries.  Interns are provided with housing, roundtrip transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and a stipend.

"My participation in the first-ever CHCI Walmart Internship class in Spring 2010 transformed my life. I am honored to have the opportunity to work in Congress and contribute to the legislative process on behalf of my community," said Victor Baten, staff assistant, Office of Rep. Judy Chu (CA-32).  "The CHCI internship gave me direct access to a powerful network and guided me on a career path that will allow me to grow into a future leader and impact public policy for many years to come."

About CHCI
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c) (3) organization, provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders.  The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic Members of Congress, nonprofit, union and corporate leaders.  For more information call CHCI at (202) 543-1771, visit, or join us on Facebook, Twitter (chci) and LinkedIn.

About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at 9,700 retail units under 69 different banners in 28 countries. With fiscal year 2011 sales of $419 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting

SOURCE Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute