Graduate of the Week—Aspiring Politico Hilary Ranieri

June 27, 2011, Arlington, VA— For college senior Hilary Ranieri, the high school debate team sparked more than just an increased interest in politics.    It launched a young career in politics.

Hilary first learned of the Leadership Institute when she attended the Youth Leadership Training Conference the summer after her junior year of high school. “I just loved being in Washington, D.C., speaking with and listening to members of Congress, participating in a mock Senate, and learning more about the political arena,” she explained.

The conference piqued Hilary’s interest in politics, law, and the media, which led her to intern for law firms, the American Association of Christian Schools, and Senator Jim DeMint (SC), by whom she is currently employed.

When Hilary learned of LI’s June Public Relations School, she jumped at the chance to attend. “I thought it looked and sounded very interesting and educational.” Hilary’s hopes for the school were more than met.

“I am really glad I attended! I learned so much and now know more of what I should do when participating in an interview or even if I’m ever in a media crisis. The lecturers at the school were very knowledgeable and kept my attention,” she said.

 “I’m really thankful that LI has these kinds of opportunities available, especially for interns,” Hilary added. “They’re extremely helpful.”

As Hilary looks forward to her future – her last year of college and beyond – she finds many opportunities on her horizon.

“After a few years of working on [Capitol] Hill, I’d like to go to law school,” Hilary said. “Afterward, I’d like to either continue working on the Hill as a legislative correspondent or assistant, possibly running for political office, or practicing law as a prosecuting criminal attorney.”

To nominate a Leadership Institute graduate you know for Graduate of the Week, please contact Lauren Hart, LI’s External Affairs Officer.