The Córdova & Fernós Program
Internships for Puerto Ricans
The Washington Center welcomes Puerto Rico's college students to participate in congressional internships in Washington, D.C., through the Córdova & Fernós Program. Students from any major are encouraged to apply. Past concentrations have included political science, economics, history, modern languages, business, communications, engineering and biology.
The Córdova & Fernós Program is identical to TWC’s other internship programs with an emphasis on cultivating diversity and international exposure to the wide array of ideas, cultures, people and professions that Washington, D.C. provides. Student Life activities allow Córdova & Fernós Program interns to meet participants from other states and countries providing an enriching cultural and social experience.
Substantive Internship Opportunity
Students work full-time in their internship Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, they attend programming with their academic program advisor which may include visits to the Capitol, the Pentagon, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the World Bank, the Organization of American States or various embassies. They also attend lectures, conferences and workshops on issues including campaign funding, education, immigration, trade, soliciting federal funding, defense, and international relations.
The United States’ Congress and its work is the primary focus of the Córdova & Fernós Program. The Legislature of Puerto Rico created this program to cultivate future leaders who can return to the Island and become public servants who shape a stronger future for all Puerto Ricans.
Students in this program learn:
- How Congress works
- How bills become laws
- How a Congressional office functions
- The domestic and international issues under debate in Congress
- The work of the different federal agencies
- How laws made in Washington, D.C. affect Puerto Rico
Students also learn about issues like education, immigration, trade and international affairs through Monday conferences, workshops and visits.