The Hiring Freeze Has Been Lifted, What’s Your Plan?
The Hiring Freeze Has Been Lifted, What’s Your Plan?

On Tuesday, April 11, the Trump Administration made a surprise announcement that could be good news for job seekers across DC.  

The federal hiring freeze will be lifted.

Instead, the administration is calling for a reform of the federal government, and a plan to reduce the overall size of the Federal Civilian Workforce.

But what does this mean for job seekers in Washington D.C.?

Cautious optimism. 

Your 5-point guide to writing an op-ed
Your 5-point guide to writing an op-ed

With the Leadership Institute’s Building Your Brand Workshop around the corner, here are some pointers to give you a head start on building your brand through op-eds.

You have something to say. But sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. How do you get your voice out there?

A good place to start...

Stephen Rowe Employee of the Quarter
Stephen Rowe Employee of the Quarter

"Our first Employee of the Quarter for 2017 is Stephen Rowe," announced Morton Blackwell at the Leadership Institute's staff meeting.  "Stephen, will you please come forward?"

As Stephen walked to the front of the room, Morton continued.

"Stephen Rowe has gone above and beyond in his work, both for the Digital Training Division and in support of other LI departments."  

"In the past three months, Stephen has spoken at three Young Americans for Liberty regional conventions and received high praise and positive feedback -- while giving a different combination of lectures each time; taught lectures for other training divisions, including Grassroots and Career Services..."

And the list goes on.  

Stephen, Morton continued, "said an enthusiastic “yes” to joining a Campus Reform video broadcast; worked with External Affairs to generate new ideas for email marketing, social media content, and website analytics; and taught at 13 digital trainings, helping the division train 150% more conservatives than in the first quarter of 2016." 

"Stephen has a natural talent for speaking and teaching, and his work ethic, teamwork, and unfailing good cheer make him...

Don’t delay, intern today

You may be wondering:  “Should I apply for an internship in Washington, DC?”

I was in the same boat fresh out of college.  The options were vast, graduate school, part-time work, traveling, and more.  At college, I postponed applying as so many do. Given the opportunity again, I'd do it differently.

Many students go to college far away from their families; summer break, therefore, is a chance to spend some time with loved ones.  However, summer is also the perfect time to get professional experience in D.C. 

If you are in your senior year and really would like to get your foot in the door, you can also apply for internships during the spring or the fall.  You'll find about the same number of roles available, but organizations recieve a significantly smaller number of applications, and therefore spring and fall internships are less competitive.

And you should know.  It’s competitive!

Organizations like CATO, The Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity, and the Leadership Institute receive vastly more applications than we have positions available.

But if you take the process seriously, and do your research, there’s no reason why you should fail.

Here are five benefits of interning while you are still in college...

Morton's Daylily Offer to Wednesday Wakeup Club Breakfast Attendees

Dear fellow conservative,

You may know that I cross breed and raise daylilies and send hundreds of daylily plants each year to Leadership Institute donors who have requested them.

Now I have a problem that I ask you to help me solve.

Each spring I carefully cross pollinate my most lovely and interesting daylily flowers to produce new varieties.  I harvest the mature seeds in August and plant them in trays to grow through the winter in my office windows until all danger of frost is past.  Then I plant the seedlings outside in flower beds.  A year later, the new plants bloom, and I can give really fine ones to LI donors with descriptions of their flowers.

The problem I hope you will help me solve is that last August so many seeds germinated that I have many more seedlings than I have room to plant in my flower beds.

I’ve filled with new seedlings all the available flower beds, and I have hundreds of healthy, extraordinary seedlings that will die if...

There is no Free Lunch

A few days ago, LI president Morton Blackwell told me that when he was a college student at LSU, he and his friends heard Milton Friedman was available to speak for free at Morton's campus group. 

They were eager to bring such a distinguished intellectual to their university! 

This “free,” of course, meant he wouldn’t charge any amount for himself, but the hosts would have to pay the travel and accommodation costs. 

In the end, there was no free Friedman.

One of the most famous Milton Friedman quotes states, “there is no such thing as a free lunch,” an ironic response to the tremendous demand for “free stuff” by the socialists he debated.  The phrase meant that no government program is free.  The taxpayer always pays (an expensive bill) in the end.

The first time I heard this quote, I was an 18-year-old college freshman at the University of Brasilia back in Brazil, my home country.  I was taking an Introduction to Economics class, and the professor...

Chilean student leader wins three week trip to DC

Max Rubio won a trip to Washington, DC. Three weeks to see all the sights, three weeks to breathe in the fresh air of politics, and three weeks to gain a crash course in communications training.

Max, from Chile, is studying business administration and economics at the University of the Andes. He explains his involvement in his student body as an “active student leader in the libertarian student movement called Alternativa Libertad.”

Max is no stranger to the Leadership Institute. In December he participated in LI Chile with Dario Paya in “a two-day school with workshops on how to mobilize people, win elections, and how to get votes,” Max recounts.

Making Your Down Time Count

When you begin your professional career, you’ll start to notice a pattern developing.

Work will begin to encroach on every part of your life.

However, if your job is your first, second, and third priority, there’s good news, you can still enjoy your downtime and focus on your career by choosing hobbies which advance your skills.

For example, nobody likes that one colleague who can only talk about politics.  Something as simple as being able to talk about sports, traveling, or cooking during an interview can mean the difference between you getting the job or not.  

So here are four ways you can enjoy your downtime and advance your career...

Cubicle Conservatism
Cubicle Conservatism

We all know that person. You know what I mean, that person who chews loudly, talks incessantly, or – my personal bad habit – leaves sticky notes everywhere. These attributes can quickly lead to tension within an office.

But tension really begins when political views come into play. How do we know when to defend our values and when to respect a professional environment?

As a current intern at the Leadership Institute, I have the privilege to work alongside like-minded, passionate individuals. However, past work experience taught me three important lessons about respectful political conversation with the people I see at the same cubicle every day.      


LI faculty members join international election observation mission in Honduras
LI faculty members join international election observation mission in Honduras

This week, four Leadership Institute staff and faculty members participated in an international mission observing the country’s national primary elections.


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