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~Wellesley College Sophomore Selected
for Congressional Internship~

For immediate release:
July 1, 2004

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College sophomore Rosa Fernández of the Bronx, N.Y., who contributed a chapter to a 2004 book, Letters to the Next President: What We Can Do About the Real Crisis in Public Education, has been selected to participate in the nation's most prestigious Hispanic internship program by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nation's leading Hispanic nonprofit and nonpartisan educational organization.

For more on Fernández's book, published by Columbia's Teachers College in February, go to

The CHCI Congressional Summer Internship selects 30 outstanding Latino undergraduates from across the country to spend eight weeks in Washington, D.C., providing them with a “behind the scenes” look at how the U.S. government functions. While in Washington, Fernández, who is majoring in international relations at Wellesley, will work in the office of Congressman Donald Payne (D-N.J.) while benefiting from the program’s emphasis on leadership development, work experience, community service and learning.

“History has shown that as a CHCI program participant, Rosa will be an agent for change in America by emerging into leadership capacities where Hispanics are rarely seen,” says Ingrid M. Duran, CHCI president and CEO. “As one of 30 of the most promising young Hispanic leaders in the U.S., Rosa will continue a national trend of increased Latino leadership for all of America.”

At the office of Congressman Payne, Fernández will work on constituent communications, monitor hearings, conduct legislative research and assist with general office operations. Fernández’s work experience will be enhanced by weekly leadership developmental sessions, during which the intern will meet with national leaders and discuss current policy matters.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For more information, go to


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