Agroecology student succeeds in national competition

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David Trujillo (Agroecology; HACU intern, USDA Forrest Service) was one of two FIU students chosen to participate in the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute’s (CHLI) Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program. The students will intern in the D.C. offices of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-21) and Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28).

"We are very thrilled to see David Trujillo has been selected for the CHLI global leadership fellow” said Agroecology co-director Dr. Mahadev Bhat. “David started off with the Agroecology program as a high school intern under the 2005 USDA HSI program, and later he joined us as our first USDA-funded multicultural scholar with a $24,000 college scholarship. He worked extremely hard in the Agroecology program on campus and in the community. He grew up to be a highly mature individual, entrepreneurial, and a motivational speaker. We are very proud of his achievement and his latest success with CHLI."

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), is a non-partisan organization, based in Washington, D.C. CHLI's vision is advancing the Hispanic community's diversity of thought. 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.

Each D.C. internship consists of four and a half days a week for 15 weeks. Friday mornings are reserved for CHLI professional development. Students will submit a 10-15 page public policy paper (which will be included in a special CHLI publication). One of the unique features of this D.C. program is that students will attend George Washington University for up to six academic credit hours.

David will experience D.C. for the Fall 2012 semester as a CHLI Global Leaders Congressional Intern (funded by Comcast, Walmart, and Altria). Each award is valued at over $20,000 each, and includes enrollment at The George Washington University (up to 6 credit hours, valued at nearly $8,000). Students will enhance their understanding of the federal government and business by conducting policy and business oriented research and related professional activities. The award covers airfare, housing, local transportation, stipend for living expenses, and the 6 credit hours and books at GW. Students will be working with members of congress who lead CHLI.

CHLI has a history of supporting FIU students. Last summer, CHLI provided FIU with funds for a Summer Internship Experience for students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications in Seville, Spain. This year, FIU’s SIPA hosted CHLI’s National Board Meeting at FIU Brickell welcoming corporate Board members including Univision, Coca-Cola, Dell, AT&T, Comcast, News Corporation, Toyota, GE, Verizon, and Wal-Mart, to name a few, and a number of congressional members.

FIU undergraduate and graduate (ALL MAJORS) students interested in applying for the Spring 2013 Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship program click here.