Former intern promotes conservative values in his home country of Denmark
Former Leadership Institute intern Ulrik Boesen is working to promote conservative values in his home country of Denmark.  Ulrik, 26, has been involved in politics for more than ten years.  As a teenager in Denmark, he got involved with the Danish Liberal Youth, doing grassroots campaigning and educating other party members on conservative philosophy. 

In 2012, he took an interest in the United States presidential election and worked with the Danish Liberal Youth (DLY) to volunteer for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.  “The passion and values of the people I met back then made me believe in the movement," he said. 

In the spring of 2013, Ulrik interned at the Leadership Institute, an opportunity which he credits with teaching him the dedication, execution, and public relations skills which he uses in the workplace today.  

“I must say that my time at LI was one of the best of my life, and not only because I met the love of my life." (Boesen met his long-term girlfriend during his time in the Washington, D.C. area.)  

Since returning to Denmark, Ulrik has worked at Japan Tobacco International, one of the world’s largest tobacco companies, as the Corporate Affairs and Communications Manager.  He enjoys the challenge of working in public relations and government with a product that is highly regulated. 



Ulrik hopes to continue supporting thinternational movement for personal freedoms and property rights, particularly in Denmark.  He has been a member of the Danish political party, Venstre, for the last decade and has supported candidates in policy, development, and communications.

As for advice he would give to other conservatives, he says, “I believe in the conservative values and the security you get from living by them."  He also recommends getting involved in youth politics and campaigns at the earliest opportunity.  “You must be willing to put yourself on the line.  If you are willing to put your time and passion towards something, you will see great results."

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