Prosser student walks the halls of Congress

Miguel Montano, a Prosser native, was one of 41 interns chosen out of hundreds of applicants from across the country to work in the nation’s capital for eight weeks, where he is placed at the office of Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D-Texas.

Montano is an intern through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, or CHCI, the nation’s premier Hispanic youth leadership development and educational organization.

The program exposes young Latinos to the legislative process, strengthens their leadership skills, and promotes the presence of Latinos on Capitol Hill and in public policy positions. CHCI interns receive round-trip transportation to Washington, housing and a stipend.

The CHCI Congressional Internship Program includes four central elements: diversity, work experience, leadership development, and community service. Interns demonstrate high academic achievement, evidence of leadership skills and potential for leadership growth, a demonstrated commitment to public service-oriented activities and superior analytical and communication skills.

“I have grown significantly as an individual and have had the privilege of learning from some of the most inspiring people I have ever met,” Montano said. “These mentors have taught me the true value of networking, which is the key to communicating and connecting with others.”