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About the Hilda Solis Washington D.C. Internship

Hilda Solis was sworn in as LA County Supervisor for the 1st District in 2014. On February 24, 2009, Supervisor Solis was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of labor, becoming the first Latina to serve in a U.S. Presidential Cabinet. Supervisor Solis also represented the 32nd CA Congressional District from 2001 to 2009. In Congress, Supervisor Solis' championed access to affordable health care, improving the lives of working families and protecting the environment. Solis authored the green jobs Act which provided funding for "green" collar job training for veterans, displaced workers, at risk youth, and individuals under 200 percent of the federal poverty line. In 2000, Supervisor Solis was awarded the prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for her pioneering work on environmental justice issues. Overall, the internship seeks to empower and provide students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Washington D.C. political landscape.

The Hilda Solis Washington D.C. Internship offers 2 to 5 East Los Angeles College students a 4-6 week Summer internship. Students have the opportunity to participate in the legislative, political and administrative process. They learn about pursuing a career in government service. Students are housed at the George Washington University dormitories, round-trip airfare to Washington D.C., and a stipend will be provided by the ELAC Foundation. In addition, students clarify their future direction, get on the ground work experience, and build professional networks.


• Minimum 18 years of age
• Enrolled as a full-time student at ELAC in the
Spring 2017 semester
• Complete 30 units by the end of Spring and
planning to enroll at ELAC for Fall 2017
• A cumulative GPA of 3.0
• Complete English 101 by Fall 2016
• Complete one of the following courses by
Spring 2017: Political Science 1, Comm 101 or
104, English 103, History 6, 11, 12, Chicano
Studies 7 or 8


1. Completed application
2. Essay – no longer than 2 double-spaced, typed pages
• How will the Hilda Solis Internship serve to impact
the quality of your life, campus and community?
• Explain the relevancy of this internship to your
educational goals and career aspirations.
3. Current transcript(s) of all college courses taken
4. Two letters of recommendation – at least one must be
from ELAC faculty or administrators attesting to your
qualifications, and
5. One-page, single spaced résumé. Résumé should include
internship objective, employment experience, academic and
community honors/awards, volunteer, and community

Recent Participants Experiences

“Working for a strong and educated Latina in office who fights to protect and serve the immediate South Los Angeles neighborhoods I grew up in was a transformative experience that reaffirmed my desire to continue pursuing my studies”

“My time in Washington D.C. has helped me grow as a leader, community organizer and researcher"

“tough and stressful, but every critique, I received meant I would learn how to better myself as both an intern and individual”.

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