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Photo Caption: New York Life Foundation Funds Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Internship Program for 45 Students

NEW YORK, N.Y., July 21, 2011 - Participants in the prestigious Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) Internship Program attended a reception held at New York Life Insurance Company, where they asked a panel of African-American executives questions about their personal and work-related achievements.

This is the eleventh year the program has been funded in part by a grant from the New York Life Foundation. The program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill with a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Five of this year’s 45 interns are pictured below with executives from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and New York Life.

Pictured back row, left to right: Ervin Johnson, internship program manager, CBCF; Larissa Davis of Summerville, SC, who is serving in the office of Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC-6); and Lance LaVergne, vice president and chief diversity officer, New York Life.

Front row, left to right: Elsie L. Scott, president and chief executive officer, CBCF; Demetrius Jones of Charlotte, NC, who is serving in the office of Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC-12); Alexandra Lawson of Los Angeles, CA, who is serving in the office of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA-35); Sharmalee Brooks-Gordon of Brooklyn, NY, who is serving in the office of Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY-11); and Martine Aurelien of Hartford, CT, who is serving in the office of Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY-6).