Internship Program Manager, Young Leaders Program

Washington, DC
Full Time
Phillip N. Truluck Center for Leadership Development
Mid Level

Title:                              Internship Program Manager, Young Leaders Program

Reports to:                 Director, Phillip N. Truluck Center for Leadership Development

Job Summary:          The Internship Program Manager identifies, educates, and trains conservative student leaders for Heritage’s Young Leaders Program.  In collaboration with department and organization-wide colleagues, the Program Manager delivers robust programming to grow the next-generation conservative talent pipeline with the objective of job placement and policy influence with Heritage’s primary audiences. The Program Manager must have strong interpersonal skills to interact effectively with interns, departments across Heritage, and key coalition partners.

Job Duties:

  • Manage a dynamic intern application and rolling hiring process, including reviewing and selecting 55+ interns per semester in consultation with department and organizational colleagues. Work with Heritage Operations departments (People Operations, IT, Workplace Services, others) to seamlessly onboard each internship class.
  • Coordinate and execute semester-long schedules of events, including welcome orientation, political philosophy lectures (Boyce-Haller First Principles Series), public policy briefings, professional skill-development workshops, mentorship opportunities, off-site trips, and team-building events.
  • Manage catering, room reservations, audio-visual, and other logistical requirements for program events.
  • Maintain a productive and engaging work environment and positive experience for both staff and interns.
  • Foster relationships with intern program alumni, coalition partners, and Heritage donors in collaboration with Heritage Development and Outreach departments.
  • Coordinate on-site briefings for visiting groups of students, interns, young professionals, and youth audiences; schedule staff to speak about the history of the conservative movement, Heritage’s vision, mission, and public policy positions.
  • Maintain and grow databases for Heritage program recruitment. Attend, speak, and/or table at conferences to promote and recruit for Heritage programs in coordination with Outreach Department colleagues.
  • Provide weekly and quarterly reports, including donor updates.
  • Provide administrative support to the Assistant Director, Student Programs, including completion of product mailings, donor updates, program budgeting, and expense reports.


Education:                     BS/BA required                                                                                                 

Experience:                   5-7 years of relevant experience

Communication:          Strong writing and public speaking abilities

Technology:                  Must have excellent computer, database, and new media skills

Other Requirements:

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the department’s goals and objectives.
  • Must be organized and have the ability to handle a large number of projects at once.
  • Enthusiastic about facilitating both world-class educational programming and first-rate professional development training.
  • Able to work independently, meet deadlines, and require little supervision.
  • Must be diplomatic and have excellent interpersonal skills.                    
  • Demonstrated interest in and understanding of American political thought, the conservative movement, and public policy.
  • Some travel required.

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