Program Overview

Professional opportunity is waiting around the corner. Are you ready?

The next Congress will begin in January, 2023, and hundreds of staff positions will be open in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. These positions represent a unique opportunity for professionals like you to advance conservative principles and impact public policy. "Ready, Set, HILL" is here to help you land your first Hill job and prepare you for success.

"Ready, Set, HILL" distills the training and skill-building sessions you need into a two-day, intensive learning program. Heritage's team of instructors are Capitol Hill veterans who teach the entry-level skills you need to be successful in any Hill office. You'll hear from Members of Congress, Hill chiefs of staff, skill coaches, and other professionals on a wide range of practical knowledge. Whether you're looking for opportunities as a legislative, communications, or scheduling professional, this program is for you.

What you will learn:

  • Fundamentals: Capitol Hill 101
  • Opportunities: Who Does What in a Hill Office?
  • How the House and Senate Really Work
  • Oversight Basics
  • Writing Fundamentals for the Hill
  • Constituent Communications: The Art of Letter Writing
  • Engaging Outside Resources
  • Acing the Interview
  • Professional Polish for the Hill

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Program Details

FORMAT: “Ready, Set, HILL” is available for both in-person and virtual attendance. Space is limited for in-person attendance: early applicants will be prioritized. 

DATES: The following 4 program dates are available to provide multiple attendance options for your busy schedule. Applicants need only apply to one of the four program dates below.

 Program Date:
 July 28, 29
 Application Deadline:
 July 24
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 Program Date:
 August 19, 20
 Application Deadline:
 August 14
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 Program Dates:
 September 22, 23
 Application Deadline:
 September 18
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 Program Dates:
 October 21, 22
 Application Deadline:
 October 16
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Whether virtual or in-person, participants should prepare for two whole days (9:00-5:00) of programming. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for in-person attendees. Program will include in-class discussion, Q&A, and homework. 

Those who fulfill all requirements of the program will receive a certificate of completion. Heritage’s Job Bank will work with credentialed graduates on placement into new staff positions in the U.S. House or Senate.


Faculty

Garrett Bess is Vice President of Heritage Action for America. Prior to joining HAFA, Bess served for nearly a decade on the Hill as a senior staff member to two members of Congress.

Tommy Binion is Vice President of Government Relations at The Heritage Foundation. In this role, he represents Heritage interests on all topics in front of the United States Congress and the White House and is responsible for Heritage’s robust policy implementation agenda. Binion has also worked as a Legislative Strategist for Heritage Action and as a Legislative Director in the House of Representatives.

Kristine Bramsen is Director of the Phillip N. Truluck Center for Leadership Development at The Heritage Foundation. Bramsen has over fifteen years of experience in personnel management, executive recruitment, and the building of political teams for government transitions and campaigns.

Dustin Carmack is a Research Fellow for cybersecurity, intelligence, and emerging technologies at The Heritage Foundation. Before joining Heritage, Carmack worked at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as Chief of Staff for the Director of National Intelligence and the House of Representatives as Chief of Staff to Congressman John Ratcliffe and Congressman Ron DeSantis.

Mike Connolly is Founder and Principal of Inkling Communications, where he has provides writing and strategic services to candidates, senior executive branch officials, U.S. Senators and Representatives, major corporations and nonprofits, the RNC, and others. He served multiple stints on Capitol Hill, last serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Mike Lee.

Will Dunham is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy for House Minority Leader McCarthy. Formerly, Dunham worked for the Republican Study Committee as Executive Director and Senior Policy Advisor, and as a Staff Writer at The Heritage Foundation.

Matt Eagan is the Director of Federal Affairs at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Before joining the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Eagan worked as Government Relations Manager at The Heritage Foundation and Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Karalee Geis serves as the Capitol Hill Outreach Director for Young America’s Foundation. Geis gained national attention after starting a chapter of Young Americans for Freedom at Samford University, following her summer in The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. Geis has also served on the staff for Congressman Bruce Westerman’s Capitol Hill office.

Beverly Hallberg is the Founder and President of District Media Group. Hallberg is an expert media coach, lecturer, and public speaker, dedicated to coaching others to be their “best self” for both print and broadcast media. She is a Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, a guest columnist for The Daily Signal, Washington Examiner, and The Hill, and is a frequent contributor on Fox News.

Mike Howell is a Senior Advisor for Government Relations at The Heritage Foundation, where he works primarily on the issues of immigration and congressional oversight. Howell formerly worked on Capitol Hill and as a member of the Trump administration in the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the General Counsel, where he was a key legal point of contact for all congressional oversight and investigations regarding the department.

Tom Jipping is a Senior Legal Fellow for the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Before joining Heritage, Jipping spent 15 years on the staff of Senator Orrin Hatch, including as chief counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. His involvement in the Conservative Movement runs deep, having previously held senior positions with Concerned Women for America and the Free Congress Foundation.

Alexandra McPhee is the Director of Government Relations at Concerned Women for America. Before coming to CWA, McPhee worked on the Hill as Legislative Counsel for Senator Roy Blunt. She has held additional positions as the Director of Religious Freedom Advocacy at the Family Research Council and as a Law Clerk both for the U.S. House of Representatives and the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Stephen Siao is the Chief of Staff Congressman Mark Green. Prior to his appointment as the youngest Chief of Staff at the start of the 116th Congress, he held grassroots and communications roles at Heritage Action for America and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Siao has served nine years on the executive committees of four different Republican Parties and auxiliary organizations, including five years as chairman. 

Molly Thrasher is Strategic Communications Director for District Media Group. After starting her career as a Video/Television Producer, Thrasher moved into the political space and ran communications for local, state, and national campaigns. She’s gained PR experience at a foreign university, launched a non-profit to help other non-profits tell their stories more effectively, and has been helping people tell their story ever since.


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Any Questions? Email Ross Hougham: [email protected]