How My Heritage Internship Convinced Me Conservatives Are Fighting the Good Fight

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Serving as an intern at The Heritage Foundation this summer has been an unforgettable experience.

I had the pleasure of working in the Development Office. It allowed me to talk to hundreds of people around the country and learn about national and local issues concerning them. I got to hear what mattered to them and realized that the conservative movement is stronger than ever.

As a student at a relatively conservative university, I had a firm understanding of our nation’s founding principles — and I was eager to spend time in Washington D.C. so that I could learn how to apply these principles to public policy.

While I expected to be informed, what I didn’t expect was to be inspired.

Heritage’s Young Leaders Program, which implements the internship program, invests in every intern. From one-on-one help preparing my resume, to policy discussions with leading experts, the program has gone above and beyond all of my expectations. No wonder it’s known as THE internship in Washington D.C.!

I truly believe we are fighting the good fight and I know that I want to work to further the conservative movement. The Heritage Foundation has given me the opportunity to challenge myself and refine my skills to be a stronger conservative and a better American.

Learn more about the Young Leaders’ Program here.

This Statement Helped Heritage Interns Win Their Debate With Cato

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Every summer, Heritage Foundation interns debate political philosophy with interns from the libertarian Cato Institute.

This debate is an opportunity for Heritage interns to refine their understanding of America’s first principles and how they apply to today’s most important issues.

Heritage interns were judged the winner of this year’s debate, in part because of the opening statement by intern Louis Cola.

Read his full remarks, below, and tell us what you think in the comments. Continue Reading »

Heritage Book Fair Raises $4,000 for Wounded Warrior Project

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Heritage Foundation interns pose with Angelise Schrader of Heritage’s Young Leaders Program, fourth from left, and a veteran representing the Wounded Warrior Project

Heritage Foundation staff and interns raised more than $4,000 this month for the Wounded Warriors Project through our fifth annual book fair.

Heritage staff and friends donated books, including books on history and conservative policy, which were then sold by members of Heritage’s Young Leaders Program. Proceeds were donated to Wounded Warriors, which works to aid injured veterans as they adjust to life after service.

The Wounded Warriors Project is of special significance to Heritage, since many Heritage staff members are veterans, and several currently serve in the National Guard or reserve units. Heritage believes strongly in both a strong national defense and in taking care of those who have sacrificed for our country.

Three With Heritage Ties Earn Spots on Red Alert Politics’ ’30 Under 30′ List

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Clockwise from top right: Alexandra Smith, Caitlin Poling, and Heather Pfitzenmaier. Photos: RedAlertPolitics

The Heritage Foundation’s Heather Pfitzenmaier and two former Heritage interns, Alexandra Smith and Caitlin Poling, have been selected for the annual Red Alert Politics “30 under 30” list, which recognizes rising young conservative stars.

“Heather’s understanding and commitment to conservative principles plus her enthusiasm and dedication to advancing great ideas to young leaders are attributes that make her shine as a leader,” said Heritage vice president Becky Norton Dunlop. “She is a consummate professional and is noticeably very personal and genuinely invested in each person she meets, making her an obvious role model for principled young people.”

Pfitzenmaier, an alumnus of Heritage’s intern program who directs Heritage’s Young Leaders Program, also received an honor from Forbes for being one of the young Americans making an impact on law and policy. She also received the 2012 Buckley Award from the Young Conservatives Coalition.

In an interview with Red Alert Politics, Pfitzenmaier explained why it’s  important for young conservatives to become involved in the movement: Continue Reading »

Five Former Heritage Interns Selected for Prestigious Publius Fellowship

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The Claremont Institute announced its 2014 Publius Fellows this week. Of the 14 rising conservative leaders selected, five are former Heritage Foundation interns: Gregory Collins, Travis LaCouter, Emil Maine, Avi Snyder, and Edward Walton.

The Publius Fellows, all young conservatives “pursuing careers in politics, scholarship, journalism, and related fields,” will gather in July to study the “moral and political principles of the American constitutional order.”

Through 40 seminars and discussions with distinguished scholars, the fellows will discuss a variety of topics including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the the Federalist Papers. Publius is the pen name used by John Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton to promote and defend the Constitution during the ratification debates.

Having participated in Heritage’s internship program, Collins, LaCouter, Maine, Snyder, and Walton are no strangers to conservative ideas. Heritage’s Young Leaders Program educates interns on American government and our founding principles through policy briefings and First Principles lectures. These will provide a solid foundation for these new fellows as they enter what has been called “boot camp for the political brain.”

Visit the Young Leaders Program page for more information about Heritage’s internship program.

Heritage’s Pfitzenmaier Crosses the Atlantic to Help Bridge the Generations

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The Heritage Foundation’s Heather Pfitzenmaier recently represented the conservative movement at an international convention  of world leaders in Switzerland.

Pfitzenmaier, who directs Heritage’s Young Leaders Program, attended the St. Gallen Symposium, which features debates among world leaders about economic, political, and social issues.

This year’s conference focused on “the clash of generations,” especially how the views of the Millennial generation (those born roughly between 1980 and 2000) relate to those of older generations.

As the Director of the Young Leaders Program, Pfitzenmaier understands the importance of the conservative vision and the role young minds play in protecting America’s founding principles. The future of liberty depends on equipping the next generation with a strong foundation in these core ideas.

For example, Pfitzenmaier leads Heritage’s internship program to prepare young leaders to take on new responsibilities in the conservative movement.

Visit the Young Leaders Program page for more information about Heritage’s internship program and other opportunities for the next generation.

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 »

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