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The Hon. Tahesha Way, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State

New Jersey Center for Hispanic Policy, Research, and Development (CHPRD) Announces Open Applications for the 2024 Governor's Hispanic Fellows Program

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Center for Hispanic Policy, Research, and Development (CHPRD) is thrilled to announce the commencement of applications for the esteemed 2024 Governor's Hispanic Fellows Program. With a legacy spanning 36 years, this transformative program has empowered hundreds of Hispanic and Latino New Jerseyans, providing them with invaluable skills and experiences to thrive in the professional world.

The Governor's Hispanic Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for young individuals of Hispanic descent who are residents of New Jersey. Designed to equip participants with a comprehensive skill set, the program includes coaching in essential areas such as written communication, negotiation, public speaking, organization and time management, professional etiquette, and the art of giving and receiving feedback. This multifaceted approach ensures that fellows emerge from the program as well-rounded and highly capable professionals.

One of the standout features of the program is its paid internship component, where fellows gain hands-on experience in various settings, including state offices, the legislature, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. This combination of practical experience and traditional classroom instruction is complemented by guest presentations from leading professionals and other unique skill-building opportunities.

To be eligible for the 2024 Governor's Hispanic Fellows Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of New Jersey
  • Be of Hispanic descent
  • Be enrolled in a 2 or 4-year college or university program
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident

Applications can be found at
The application deadline is set for Friday, December 8, 2023, providing aspiring Fellows ample time to prepare and submit their applications.

In addition to welcoming applicants, CHPRD is actively seeking placement sites for the program. If you are an employer interested in becoming a placement site and contributing to the development of future Hispanic leaders, please contact us at

The Governor's Hispanic Fellows Program stands as a testament to our commitment to preparing the next generation of Hispanic and Latino professionals for success in the 21st-century economy. We encourage all eligible individuals to apply and help us spread the word about this exceptional opportunity.

For more information about the 2024 Governor's Hispanic Fellows Program and the application process, please visit CHPRD.NJ.GOV or contact us at

About CHPRD:
The Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development (CHPRD), which is within the New Jersey Department of State, was established in 1975 to address the needs of the Hispanic communities. The Office was mandated to provide funding for Hispanic initiatives and administers an annual appropriation from the State of New Jersey. The CHPRD seeks to empower, provide financial support, and technical assistance to primarily Hispanic community-based organizations. The Center promotes a new model of community development that is focused on making REAL impacts in people’s lives while helping community-based organizations achieve greater self-sufficiency.


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