Program Overview

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

The 118th Congress has begun and new staff positions are 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 current and former 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


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. 

DATE: "Ready, Set, HILL" is being offered on the below date(s):

Program Date:
April 13, 14
Application Deadline:
April 7

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.


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.

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.

Clint Brown is Vice President of Government Relations at The Heritage Foundation. Under Chairman Mike Lee, he previously served as Policy Director and then Executive Director on the influential Senate Steering Committee. Additionally, he served as Assistant Counsel for the Senate Budget Committee and as a Legislative Correspondent for Senator Jeff Sessions. He also currently serves as an adjunct professor in legislative and political writing for the University of Alabama School of Law.

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.

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 (YAF). A former intern at The Heritage Foundation, she currently manages YAF's Capitol Hill Townhouse which hosts the popular summer "Buckley Breakfast Club" speaker series and coordinates with YAF allies in Congress to run the House and Senate Campus Free Speech Caucuses.

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.

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.

Derrick Morgan is the Executive Vice President of The Heritage Foundation. He previously served in numerous roles in all three branches of government including on Capitol Hill as counsel for the Senate Republican Policy Committee and Chief of Staff to Senator Ben Sasse, among other roles. During the George W. Bush administration he was the Staff Secretary to Vice President Richard B. Cheney. Prior to joining Heritage, he was Senior Vice President of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).

Ryan Neuhaus is a Policy Advisor for the Senate Steering Committee. He previously served as a Legislative Correspondent and then Legislative Assistant in the office of Senator Mike Lee. He is completing his master’s degree from Hillsdale’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government, graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, and completed Heritage’s Young Leaders Program.

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.


Any Questions? Email Kaitlin Stumpf: [email protected]