How Heritage’s Partnership With an Inner-City School Helps Spread Your Conservative Ideas

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Denzel and James help to organize YLP brochures.

Washington, DC charter school students Denzel Hilliard (left) and James Stokes (right) are working with Heritage’s Young Leaders Program this summer.

For the last eight years, The Heritage Foundation has sponsored a fellowship for students from the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy in Washington, D.C. to educate them about conservative principles.

This year’s fellows, Denzel Hilliard and James Stokes, Jr. joined other interns in Heritage’s Young Leaders Program for policy briefings with Heritage experts and lectures about America’s First Principles. These lectures were particularly important to Stokes, he said, because they enhanced his education.

The students also worked directly with Heritage policy analysts, who mentored them on their careers, and gave them an opportunity to research and write about a public policy topic of their choice. Hilliard wrote about how free trade strengthens the economy, while Stokes’ article focused on American nuclear policy.

Both students agreed that the Heritage fellowship opened their eyes to new ideas and schools of thought, and they are grateful for the experience they received. 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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Heather Pfitzenmaier

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.

The Number One Goal of America’s Foreign Policy

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The number one goal of America’s foreign policy is to defend and protect American interests, Heritage Foundation expert Ted Bromund said.

These interests include:

  1. American Sovereignty. This can be summarized as: no other nation can tell us what to do. The United States has established and maintained a system of law, diplomacy, virtue, and a respect for her citizens. These qualities allow America to thrive.
  2. Independence. This is our basic ability to maintain and sustain sovereignty. Independence is gained by producing natural resources, maintaining military security, and creating an environment in which citizens can thrive without dependence on another nation.
  3. Respectability. This is earned when sovereignty and independence are secured. The result is a people and a government that are noble and civilized, not just on the world stage but in the day-to-day interactions of the people and the government.

Without these three fundamental interests, America ceases to exist, Bromund argues. And that’s why we must always be willing to fight for them.

Bromund’s outline of America’s interests are not new. In his farewell address, George Washington listed similar themes:

Happy in the confirmation of our Independence and Sovereignty, and pleased with the opportunity afforded the United States of becoming a respectable Nation, I resign with satisfaction the Appointment I accepted with diffidence.

Do you think the U.S. should protect our national interest?

6 Former Heritage Interns Selected for Prestigious Fellowship

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Six former Heritage Foundation interns have been recognized as key leaders in strengthening the conservative movement.

The Young Conservative Coalition recently announced its 2014 Young Conservative Leaders Fellows. Six former Heritage interns are among the 13 selected this year: Derek Bekebrede, Matthew Gallagher, Emily Goff, Paige Haynes, Alyssa Silkwood, and Chad Yelinski.

Over the next six months, the fellows will learn about the history of the modern conservative movement, including the “fusionism” pioneered by William F. Buckley, Jr. and Frank Meyer.  The fellows will also interact with conservative leaders and scholars in Washington, DC to better understand the philosophies and ideas that underlie today’s movement.

Thanks to their internship experience at Heritage, the ideas of fusionism and conservative philosophy will not be new territory for Bekerbrede, Gallagher, Goff, Haynes, Silkwood, or Yelinski. Through policy briefings and First Principles lectures, Heritage’s Young Leaders Program educates interns on the importance of rediscovering our principles in order to reclaim our future. Heritage interns learn how these conservative principles were “fused” together to create a powerful political force in American politics. Exposure to such principles has equipped these new fellows to approach contemporary political issues with strong, conservative solutions.

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

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 Staff Book Fair Benefits Service Members

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The Heritage Foundation’s Wounded Warrior Book Fair

In 2009, Heritage vice president Becky Norton Dunlop was reorganizing her office when she realized she no longer had room for the majority of her books. Dunlop, who oversees Heritage’s external relations, thought that young conservatives would benefit greatly from the materials and opinions presented in these books. So, she and others in her department started The Heritage Foundation’s Wounded Warrior Book Fair.

The book fair for Heritage staff turned into an annual event, each year more successful than the previous. Heritage intern Santina Scarcella describes this year’s recently-concluded fair: Continue Reading »

Heritage Introduces D.C. High School Students to Conservative Ideas

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Washington, D.C. high school students De’Quan Staton (left) and Jamar Traynham worked at Heritage for three weeks this summer.

This summer marked the seventh year that The Heritage Foundation and the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. partnered to provide fellowships for D.C. high school students.

During their three-week fellowships this summer, De’Quan Staton and Jamar Traynham participated in a number of policy briefings and First Principles luncheons with interns from Heritage’s Young Leaders Program. The students also received guidance and direction about their future plans, including college and career advice from mentors at Heritage.

This experience has often served as the students’ first taste of conservative policy. Through this partnership with Chavez, The Heritage Foundation will continue to give students like De’Quan and Jamar opportunities to learn about conservative ideals and to instill these values for a lifetime.

Click here to learn more about the program.

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Heritage’s Commitment to Building the Conservative Movement Begins with Young Leaders


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Members of Heritage's Young Leaders program.

Members of Heritage's Young Leaders program.

To build the conservative movement, The Heritage Foundation focuses considerable attention on educating and training rising young leaders.

For example, we have identified more than two dozen promising young professionals working on Capitol Hill or in other public policy roles for a workshop this week on foreign policy and national security. The program—developed, organized and run by our very own young professionals here at Heritage—aims not only to educate participants on policy but to teach the next generation how to lead, motivate, and influence their peers.

Organizing this event are Heritage’s own young professionals from our Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies.

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