Virtual Summer 2021

Embarking on a summer internship on Capitol Hill or in a district office? Wondering how that unique time will play into your long-term development?

With 535 Senate and Congressional offices, each with multiple interns, it’s easy to get lost in the fray. Your office hours alone shouldn’t define your Washington, D.C., experience: we want to help you make the experience your own.

The Heritage Foundation is pleased to offer this summer’s Conservative Hill Intern Program (CHIP) – a series of weekly virtual sessions designed to ground you in the extra knowledge and skills to position yourself for long-term success.

  • Understand the foundation of conservative public policy and political thought.
  • Benefit from practical insights on how to thrive on the Hill and in a public policy office.
  • Cultivate essential career skills.
  • Build connections with your fellow conservative interns.

Admitted participants are welcome to take part in all programs, including those that are hosted before and after their internship term. See below for a full list of dates and speakers for this summer. 


Program Schedule
This series will run once a week in the summer from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Session #1: An Introduction to the Conservative Worldview
Friday, June 4th
Brenda Hafera: Assistant Director and Senior Policy Analyst, Simon Center for American Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Session #2: Election Integrity and Its Discontents
Friday, June 11th
Hans Von Spakovsky: Senior Legal Fellow and Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation 

Session #3: The Legislative Process: How Capitol Hill Really Works
Friday, June 18th
Rick Dearborn: Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, The White House; Former Chief of Staff, Senator Jeff Sessions

Session #4: The Merits of Free Markets: What Capitalism Gets Right and Its Alternatives Get Wrong
Friday, June 25th
Matthew Dickerson: Director, Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget, The Heritage Foundation 

Session #5: A History of the Modern Conservative Movement
Friday, July 9th
Dr. Lee Edwards: Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, Simon Center for American Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Session #6: Stand Out at Work: Maximize Your Effectiveness and Get Stuff Done
Friday, July 16th
Dr. Steven Bucci: Visiting Fellow, Phillip N. Truluck Center for Leadership Development, The Heritage Foundation

Session #7: Job Search Fundamentals
Friday, July 23rd
Kyle Bonnell: Senior Job Bank Manager, Phillip N. Truluck Center for Leadership Development, The Heritage Foundation

Session #8: The Inner-Workings of Wokeism
Friday, July 30th
Dr. Lindsey Burke: Mark A. Kolokotrones Fellow in Education and Director, Center for Education Policy, The Heritage Foundation
Mike Gonzalez: Angeles T. Arredondo E Pluribus Unum Senior Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Andy Olivastro: Director, Coalition Relations, The Heritage Foundation


Any Questions? Email Ross Hougham: [email protected]