The Governor's Hispanic Fellows Program (formerly the Hispanic Interns in Community Service Program) was created in 1988 and implemented in the State of New Jersey with the goals of:
(A) Exposing Hispanic college students to career opportunities in state government, or other areas of public service, as well as in the nonprofit and private sectors.
(B) Allow students to develop and strengthen professional skills in a conducive working environment.
Later on, a new component was added to enhance and complement the experience gained by the program participants. The purpose of this component is to develop and cultivate the leadership skills of the interns through weekly intensive training sessions. It complements the employment component by providing a greater opportunity for leadership development. Past institution curriculum has covered topics such as:
Dimensions of Hispanic Leadership in the U.S. and N.J. Introduction to Public Policy and Politics
Enhancing Self-Confidence Among the Young
Financial & Investment Literacy
Conflict Resolution, Negotiation Skills and Public Policy
Understanding the Legislative Process
Developing a Vision for Self and Community
Identifying Personal Strengths
Handling and Understanding Diversity
Hispanic Issues and Demographics
Fine-Tuning Interviewing Skills
Techniques of Public Speaking
The Public Policy Process
In 2001, a partnership between the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development (CHPRD) and the Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) resulted in a new scholarship component. The CHPRD looks forward to continuing its ongoing relationship with PSE&G and other New Jersey based corporations who are pleased to continue these to New Jersey resident students attending a college/university in New Jersey. In early 2012, the CHPRD Advisory Committee revamped and updated the programs to enhance and complement the experience gained by the participants.
In essence, the Governor's Hispanic Fellows Program currently provides quality internship experiences to Hispanic college students.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents, residents of New Jersey, of Hispanic descent, and registered at a college or university with grade point averages of at least 3.0. Candidates will be selected among applicants on the basis of their overall GPA and class standing. Each qualifying applicant is interviewed by the Review Committee, which normally consists of alumni, staff members of the CHPRD, and Center Board members. Applicants must be willing to submit to a background check. Priority will be given to applicants under the age of 28.
Interested private businesses, government and non-profit organizations interested in participating in the professional development of Hispanic students are invited to submit potential internship opportunities within their organizations. All applicants are screened carefully to provide a superior quality match between employer and employee.
Governor's Hispanic Fellows Program Promotional Material
For educators, community leaders and organizations interested in helping the CHPRD promote the Governor's Hispanic Fellows Program, please download, distribute and or post the following poster to help encourage participation in your community!