May 17, 2012
Since January, I have had the pleasure of being part of The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders program, which is considered one of the hardest and most competitive internship programs in DC. The experience entirely surpassed my expectations and will stay with me as I move to a position on Capitol Hill.
From when I first came to Heritage, it was readily apparent that this organization is different from anywhere else. The caliber of people working here is unmatched. All eight floors are working together to advance a cause greater than themselves. Everyone is friendly and accessible, and I had the privilege of meeting with experts in each department and learning from their wisdom and experience.
During my internship, I had many opportunities both to apply my existing skills and to learn a great deal more. As the online membership intern, I was able to help write content for myHeritage.org, learn more about how Heritage markets its materials to Capitol Hill and the public, and interact with Heritage members.
Interacting with members was one of the most rewarding parts of the internship. Heritage Vice President John Von Kannon told us early that our members are “real people with real lives, looking to make a difference.” Our supporters demonstrate real enthusiasm and passion for Heritage’s mission, and it is truly inspiring to hear some of their stories.
My time at Heritage has also allowed me to formulate a more well-rounded understanding of constitutional principles and the importance of advancing conservative ideas to insure a bright future. All interns attended weekly First Principles luncheons, where Heritage experts instructed us on the Constitution and the principles of America’s Founding. And we were privileged to attend many lectures from speakers like former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).