Congressional Report

Foster Youth Internship Program®


Are you interested in the Foster Youth Internship Program®? Apply to become one of twelve college students or recent graduates who intern for a Member of Congress in Washington, D.C. and make an impact on federal child welfare policy. 

Applications are CLOSED for the 2019 FYI Program. Applications for the 2020 FYI Program will open in November 2019.

Before applying, applicants should make sure they meet ALL the eligibility requirements for the program. Dates for the 2020 FYI Program will be released in fall 2019. Candidates must be available for and commit to the entirety of the program to qualify including orientations, trainings and programming.

The internship includes a weekly stipend, housing and transportation.  Some colleges may accept this internship for academic credit.  Ask your academic advisor to determine if you are eligible to receive academic credit.

To be considered as an applicant for the FYI Program, you must complete BOTH Part I and Part II in their entirety.



PART I is the application form via the online portal, Wufoo. To complete, it is necessary to fill out each section in the application form. Please be prepared to upload ALL four supporting materials: (1) résumé, (2) essay, (3) short response scenario questions and (4) official transcript. Please note that ALL four supporting materials as listed above MUST be submitted by the applicant through the online form – Part I materials emailed or mailed separately will not be accepted.

PART II involves the recommendation forms and letters – one personal recommendation and one professional recommendation. Each letter of recommendation MUST have an associated recommendation form (attached below), both submitted by the recommender directly to CCAI’s Director of Programs, Kate McLean, at fosteryouthinternship@gmail.com. Recommendations submitted by the applicant will not be accepted. Allow plenty of time for the recommenders to write the letter, as well as time to follow up with them directly. It is the applicant's responsiblity to confirm with the recommenders that they have emailed the letters and forms to CCAI.

Important Note: When CCAI receives a completed application (both Part I and Part II) in its entirety, CCAI will send a confirmation email to the applicant within two business days to notify that the application has been received.


2020 Foster Youth Internship Application Schedule:

November 1, 2019: Applications open
January 6, 2020 at 11:00 PM EST: Applications due
January 31, 2020: Notification of application status
Week of February 3, 2020: Interview period for selected applicants
February 14, 2020: 2020 Class of Foster Youth Interns announced


Important Application & Interview Links and Documents:

2019 Foster Youth Internship Program® Application Instructions - 2020 coming soon!
2019 Foster Youth Internship Program® Application Form Online Portal - 2020 coming soon!
Personal Recommendation Form
Professional Recommendation Form  


For more information, contact CCAI Director of Programs, Kate McLean, at fosteryouthinternship@gmail.com.