Heritage Interns Win Prestigious Debate

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Heritage interns Aaron Trujillo and Michael Koziarski won the Center for Strategic and International Studies Speed Debate Tournament.

Heritage Foundation interns Aaron Trujillo and Michael Koziarski won the Center for Strategic and International Studies Speed Debate Tournament earlier this month.

Competing against eighteen other interns representing organizations like the Cato Institute, the Wilson Center, and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, Trujillo and Koziarski were assigned to debate several policy resolutions.

For example, the duo argued against government subsidies for renewable energy, arguing that this policy allows the government to pick winners and losers, propping up inefficient businesses like Solyndra. Continue Reading »

The Perks of Being a Heritage Foundation Intern: Meeting Sen. Ted Cruz

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Heritage Foundation interns pose with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Heritage Foundation interns pose with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders program provides many opportunities for Heritage interns to expand their knowledge of conservative thought.

At weekly luncheons, Heritage experts instruct us on America’s First Principles—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the principles of America’s Founding. These lectures, and other events that are held across the nation’s capital, help us to understand the importance of Heritage’s work and how we can carry it on in the future.

Better still, the paid program provides us with the opportunity to gain real work experience, develop professional skills, and enhance our expertise in public policy issues by interacting with Heritage experts and outside speakers.

But there are other perks as well. A dozen Heritage interns volunteered to help out at the American Spectator’s recent Robert L. Bartley Gala in Washington. And afterwards, we had the chance to meet Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has inspired us this fall with his stands on Obamacare and other issues.

Learn more about the Young Leaders Program here.

Heritage’s Pfitzenmaier Honored for Work With Young Conservatives

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Heather PfitzenmaierThe Heritage Foundation’s Heather Pfitzenmaier has been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the most influential young policy leaders in the country.

Named as one of the “30 Under 30 in Law and Policy,” she was lauded in particular for her “efforts to reach out and promote its conservative agenda to the next generation.”

Pftizenmaier oversees Heritage’s Young Leaders Program, including our internship program, to guide young conservatives as they start their careers. This program continues to have an impact: two former Heritage interns were elected to Congress in 2012.

Entrepreneur Bob Miller Inspires Graduating Heritage Interns

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Bob Miller addresses Heritage's fall 2012 intern class as Heritage Vice President Becky Norton Dunlop looks on.

Entrepreneur and Heritage Foundation member Bob Miller urged Heritage interns in a speech last week to “to keep the American Dream alive for those who come after us.”

Miller, who built Better Baked Foods from the ground up, knows actions speak louder than words.

“My life demonstrates the positive effect of the American Dream. My 50 year story is really a love affair with freedom,” he told the 60 interns assembled in Heritage’s Allison Auditorium for their graduation ceremony.

Miller came from humble beginnings  making donuts at his family’s bakery. He eventually started a hot dog and pizza stand, which grew into one of the largest frozen food manufacturers in the United States. Continue Reading »

Newly-Elected Congressmen Have Heritage Roots

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For three newly-elected members of Congress, this past weekend’s Heritage Foundation briefings for freshmen lawmakers should have been a refresher. That’s because they participated in Heritage’s educational programs before.

  • Rep.-elect Andy Barr (R-KY) was a Heritage intern in 1996 while an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. He worked for Heritage scholar Matthew Spalding before moving to the Hill to work for then-Rep. Jim Talent.
  • Rep.-elect Tom Cotton (R-AR) interned at Townhall.com, which was then a Heritage project, in 1997 while an undergraduate at Harvard. Inspired by Heritage, he spent a year at the Claremont Graduate School, before going to law school and joining the military after 9/11.
  • Rep.-elect Richard Hudson (R-NC) participated both in our educational programs for Congressional chiefs of staff and in our James Madison Fellows program while serving as chief of staff to Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Mike Conaway (R-TX).

One of Heritage’s chief missions is to educate rising leaders in the conservative movement. Our internship program, part of our Young Leaders Program, is just one part of what Heritage does to educate the next generation of policymakers.

That three freshmen lawmakers have links to Heritage indicates that our efforts truly pay off in the long run.

Do you think educating interns and Congress members alike about conservative principles is the best way to ensure the future of the conservative movement?


Heritage’s Pfitzenmaier Honored for Work with Young Conservatives

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The Heritage Foundation’s Heather Pfitzenmaier, who leads our Young Leaders Program, will be awarded a Buckley Award by the Young Conservatives Coalition.

The Young Leaders Program works with young conservatives across America and oversees Heritage’s prestigious internship program.

Below is the press release announcing her accomplishment: Continue Reading »

Heritage Is ‘the Place to Be As a Young Conservative’


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The Heritage Foundation's summer 2012 interns pose with Heritage President Ed Feulner in a photo sent recently to Heritage members.

The Heritage Foundation's summer 2012 interns pose with Heritage President Ed Feulner.

Thanks to the support of Heritage Foundation members, 73 young conservatives were able to spend their summer working with Heritage experts on the day’s most pressing issues. During the three-month internship program, they gained a better understanding of our nation’s first principles and learned important career skills.

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7 Things I Liked About Interning at Heritage


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Heritage Foundation interns pose in front of the Capitol in Washington. From left to right: Bridget Littleton, James Kennedy (behind), Anna Jones, and Rita Heaton (the author)

This summer, I had the opportunity to work as an intern in The Heritage Foundation membership office.

After graduating in May from Cedarville University with a degree in marketing, I decided to apply to Heritage to gain experience in a principled, policy-oriented organization. Knowing how competitive Heritage’s internship program can be, I jumped at the chance for a position!

Here are seven reasons my experience this summer at Heritage has been invaluable: Continue Reading »

Reflections on My Heritage Foundation Internship

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Heritage Foundation interns Sarah Wells, Daniel Mellor and Caroline Moore.

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. Continue Reading »

Member Story: Dana Blauvelt – Ellenville, NY


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Dana Blauvelt

Dana Blauvelt, a member of Heritage's Young Leaders Program

Adjusting to life as an intern at The Heritage Foundation was probably the easiest transition I have ever made. As a student from a conservative college with a strong background in America’s founding principles, there couldn’t have been a better fit for me this summer.

Nor could my experience have come at a better time. I have had the privilege of a front row seat in the theater of American politics at a time of unprecedented fiscal debate. I was able to promote essential conservative principles while being exposed to heated political discourse. The textbook knowledge I gained in my economics, American history and Constitutional law classes came alive in Washington as I dug deeper into the reasoning behind the latest legislative proposals. Continue Reading »

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