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Leadership Institute welcomes summer 2016 intern class
Leadership Institute welcomes summer 2016 intern class

The Leadership Institute recently welcomed the 98th intern class to Arlington, Virginia.  The current class exhibits diversity in age, level of completed education, college major, and personal career goals, but they all share one important thing in common: they want to strengthen the conservative movement.

In Memory of Richard (
In Memory of Richard ("Rick") E. Hendrix (1957-2016)

With great sadness, I report the passing of a friend, a colleague, a leader in the conservative movement, and a good and humble man.

Rick Hendrix passed away yesterday, June 13, at Fairfax INOVA Hospital.  He was surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Rick worked as a direct mail fundraiser for more than three decades.  Most know him as a founding partner of ClearWord Communications Group, a successful and effective high-dollar direct mail agency.

For 10 years before that, from 1993 to 2003, Rick ran the direct mail program here at the Leadership Institute.  He oversaw a more than tenfold increase in the Institute's donor base.  Staff often joked that Rick could write in my voice even better than I could.

For the last 23 years, Rick provided the copy for many of the Institute’s monthly mailings.  His work generated millions of dollars in donations that have made the Institute’s many activities possible.

Rick volunteered as a lecturer for almost all of the Institute’s fundraising schools.  Over the years, he taught thousands of conservatives how to build fundraising programs for their organizations.  The entire conservative movement and our country...

Potential for Excellence
Potential for Excellence

I recently stepped away from my desk and slipped downstairs into the LI Conservative Intern Workshop. 

Because who can resist the lure of free Chick-fil-a? 

Not I. Neither could 42 interns from various conservative organizations. 

Sessions started promptly, beginning with Patricia Simpson, LI Director of Career Services.

"Every single one of you have the potential for excellence." 

She paused.

Making Part Time Jobs Work for You
Making Part Time Jobs Work for You

If you’re like me, you have what my father jokingly refers to as, “champagne taste on a beer budget.”  When I got to DC, my paltry entry-level staffer salary was not enough to sustain my lifestyle (which included “glamorous” things like paying rent and eating Lean Cuisines), so I did what any self-respecting 20-something had to do in that situation - I asked my parents for money!  When they said no I did the next best thing – I got myself a part time job.

Part time jobs in DC usually fit into one of three main categories – they pay well, they help your career along, or they’re something that keeps you sane.  Here are some tips on places to look for those jobs and the advantages of each one.