Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013
David Luna '14 was stationed in the nation's capital last summer, joining the prestigious internship program of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI).
CHCI is a Hispanic nonprofit and nonpartisan leadership development organization located in Washington, D.C., that works to develop future Latino leaders in the United States through various education and leadership programs.
Luna was selected to participate in the CHCI Congressional Internship, working with a congressman or senator on Capitol Hill and research legislation, attending hearings and briefings, drafting correspondence and memos, performing data analysis, and more. At the end of each week, he had the chance to meet with a variety of governmental leaders. Luna also completed a CHCI community service project.
"I have always loved history from the moment I took an AP history course my junior year in high school. I always knew I wanted to be involved in politics, governmental affairs and international development," Luna says. "My time at HWS has also added a desire to give back to the community and be involved locally on issues pertaining to education and mentorship. A career in public service is a path that can enable me to further develop these passions, hopefully at an even larger stage."
Luna, a political science major with a double minor in international relations and American studies, credits his major and numerous extracurricular activities for his understanding of federal and state governments, political organizing, retail politics, and also for seeing how classroom theory translates to the daily government office setting.
He learned of the internship opportunity through Felipe Estefan '08, who recently returned to campus to deliver a keynote address on leadership at the 2013 Leadership Café. Luna explains Estefan helped him in his professional development and by "serving as an example for how a global citizen carries himself."
Luna also worked with Scott MacPhail, assistant director of health professions counseling and fellowship advising, after becoming interested in the internship opportunity.
At the Colleges, Luna is co-president of HWS Votes, is resident assistant for Hale Hall, editor for the Opinions section of The Herald, and is a civic leader for political activism at the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.
"My participation in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's internship program will open my eyes to the vast opportunities available that HWS has prepared me to take advantage of," Luna says.