Professionals and Students Prepare for Capitol Hill jobs with LI Training

February 4, 2011 | By Lauren Hart

February 4, 2011, Arlington, VA—Gathering from across the country, professionals and students prepared for the Leadership Institute’s two-day boot camp on landing a D.C. job.

A student from the Capitol Hill Staff Training School, who is currently an office manager at the United Services Organization said this school is “the best training program in the country hands down.”

LI provided students with the information they needed to “hit the ground running” as recent college graduate Benjamin Green put it. “I have a book full of notes that I will apply to my job search, in addition to the valuable skills I have learned here,” Green added.

LI provided students with the information they needed to “hit the ground running” as recent college graduate Benjamin Green put it. “I have a book full of notes that I will apply to my job search, in addition to the valuable skills I have learned here,” Green added.

Professionals with seasoned private sector experience, college students, and recent college graduates gathered with a similar aim: to land a D.C. job, particularly on Capitol Hill.

Jennifer Lundy, a student, said that she plans to use the information to find a Capitol Hill job as a staff assistant or as a legislative correspondent. “It was a great experience! I learned a lot of great job strategies that can be used at any point in my career. I networked with a lot of amazing people, and I would definitely recommend attending any LI school,” Ms. Lundy said.

Among the featured speakers was National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Political Director Mike Shields. “Capitol Hill is one of the most pompous places in the world,” Mr. Shields said. “To get anywhere, you need to network but also always work incredibly hard.”

Other faculty included: Heritage Foundation Director of the Young Leaders Program Heather Sexton and Executive Director at the Senate GOP Steering Committee Ed Corrigan.  

LI student Ron Hamilton from Pennsylvania said, “I brought my son here so he could learn the proper application of conservative ideas.  He is going to college this fall, but hopefully this training will aid him in getting a job in the future.”

AEI Intern Greg Brooks said, “Every training I have taken here leaves me excited to get more involved in the conservative movement because I am more confident with the tools I have acquired.” Mr. Brooks is working in AEI’s political department working on public opinion data.

LI Political Coordinator Amanda Bowman assembled a team of preeminent speakers for the intensive school, discussing topics ranging from networking strategies, interviewing skills, and the inner workings of Capitol Hill and surrounding D.C. establishments. The Capitol Hill Staff Training School prepares students for a bright future in D.C. For information on upcoming trainings like the Capitol Hill Staff Training School, please click here.

The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. LI trains and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media by teaching them how to succeed in the public policy process. To do that, LI offers 40 types of training programs, works with more than 1,465 conservative campus groups, and helps employers connect with conservative jobseekers. Since the Institute’s 1979 founding, more than 91,574 students have been trained. Alumni include U.S. Senators, Members of Congress, city council members, local mayors, state legislators, and conservative activists and officeholders at every level. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org

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