The Heritage Foundation - Young leaders program


NGO & Institutes

Location (s):

  • United States of America
Washington, D.C.


The Young Leaders Program promotes the mission of The Heritage Foundation to the next generation by developing and implementing outreach to younger audiences. Join Washington DC’s best internship program!


The Young Leaders Program promotes the mission of The Heritage Foundation to the next generation by developing and implementing outreach to younger audiences.

We offer young conservatives from around the country Washington, DC’s best internship program. Through our Young Leaders Program Facebook Page and our weekly newsletter, young conservatives can interact with Heritage policy experts on their campuses. For those visiting Washington, the Young Leaders Program would be happy to host a briefing about Heritage and policy issues that interest your group, two weeks minimum notice is preferred.

Meet the YLP Team:

Helena Ramirez Richardson, Director
Colleen Harmon, Program Manager

The Young Leaders Program handles the Heritage internship, campus outreach, young professional outreach, and the growing alumni network of the Heritage internship! The Heritage Foundation’s research materials have proved to be an invaluable resource for students, faculty, and organizations to utilize in their classrooms and educational programs. The reference materials are written to provide the most updated and reliable research, and to also to be explanatory, educational, and easily accessible.

The Heritage Foundation consists of four different institutes:

  • The Institute for Constitutional Government
  • The Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy
  • The Institute for Economic Freedom
  • The Institute of for Family, Community, and Opportunity

In addition to the practical experience interns acquire, intern programming offers educational and skill enhancing seminars. Interns regularly attend events where they can meet and talk with the nation's leading policy-makers, interns are establishing friendships and contacts that will last a lifetime.

Programming includes:

  • A weekly series on First Principles.
  • Weekly briefings with Heritage policy experts on foreign and domestic policy issues.
  • Lectures and seminars held at Heritage hearing from prominent conservative leaders, authors, and policymakers.
  • Practical skills workshops teaching how to research, op-eds writing, blogging, etiquette, skill building workshops, resume writing, and networking.
  • Reading groups and discussions.
  • Off-site tours including the Pentagon, Capitol, and Mount Vernon.

Departments and Intern Roles
Choose a department and find the right fit for your internship!


Semester Dates

  • 2019 Fall Program: September 9 through December 6
  • 2020 Spring Program: January 6 through April 17
  • 2020 Summer Program: May 18 through August 7
  • 2020 Fall Program: September 8 through December 4

Application Deadlines: 

  • Spring: October 7
  • Summer- January 20
  • Fall- June 3



Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

  • For young conservatives from around the country.
  • Applicants must have at least 60 credits or an Associates degree to qualify. Recent college graduates, master's students, and law students are also encouraged to apply. International students who are authorized to be employed in the United States are eligible for a Heritage internship.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

  • This internship is specialized to help develop the intern’s strengths, expand their abilities and promote individual professional development.
  • Our Intern Housing Program provides an enriching experience for young professional conservative interns at a reasonable cost. Conveniently located adjacent to The Heritage Foundation on the Senate side of Capitol Hill, our Intern Housing location is an easy walk to House and Senate office buildings. It is also nearby to Union Station for easy Metro access, making it an ideal location for interns on the Hill and throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
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