Technology team works daily to keep programs running
In the digital age, information and mission-critical communications move fast.  In the non-profit world, organizations like the Leadership Institute have gone almost entirely digital in our pivot to the information age and in doing so have greatly increased our ability to communicate with students, graduates, and donors across the nation.

However, all of this decreased overhead and quick communication says little about the most integral part of a digital organization’s vital asset: effective internal technical support.

This past summer, I had the opportunity to intern with the Leadership Institute in the technology department.  My biggest objective when coming to the Leadership Institute was to learn if my schooling thus far had prepared me professionally to work in a full-time position.  Thanks to the incredibly welcoming and fun work environment, I now know for certain that I am ready to step into the career world when I graduate in May of 2017. 

During my internship, I was able to work on a variety of projects and touched on almost every facet our tech support team’s responsibilities.  The solid base education that I’ve garnered here has prepared me to step into a development role in the technology department at the Leadership Institute.

As a member of the tech support team, I was also responsible for troubleshooting problems around the office.  This allowed me to get out of the tech suite and introduce myself to the many talented and enthusiastic people working at the Leadership Institute.  By helping with varied technological problems, I felt like a valued and useful member of the team.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with the Leadership Institute this past summer.  Not only has it further convinced me that the conservative movement is alive and well, but it has shown me that there are many opportunities to advance professionally with like-minded people.  As a team, the technology and other departments can continue to work together for the advancement of our mission. 

Parker Johnson is a summer intern in the Techonology Department at the Leadership Institute.  

The Leadership Institute offers over 47 types of training programs, working with more than 1,619 conservative student groups, and helping employers connect with conservative job seekers.  Since the Institute’s 1979 founding, LI has trained more than 175,000 conservative activists, students, and leaders.  Graduates include members of Congress, state legislators, local officials, media personalities, and conservative organization leaders.  For more information, please visit