Internships

Oxley Internship and Frenzel Fellowship

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Chairman Michael G. Oxley (1944-2016)

The Michael G. Oxley Internship and the Bill Frenzel Fellowship honors the memory of two special leaders who provided decades of exemplary service to Congress, the Republican Party, and The Ripon Society – former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Michael G. Oxley (Ohio) and former House Budget Committee Ranking Member Bill Frenzel (Minnesota).

Experts in pertinent public policy and the art of legislating, Chairman Oxley and Rep. Frenzel were true statesmen who represented what was right in Washington, D.C. and the Republican Party: a pragmatic mindset, a sense of decency and wit, intellectual curiosity, and an unfailing commitment the United States and its future.

Both paid positions, the Oxley Internship is intended for those still working towards their undergraduate degree, and the Frenzel Fellowship is for individuals who have graduated college and are beginning their careers in D.C.

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Rep. Bill Frenzel (1928-2014)

As an Oxley Intern or a Frenzel Fellow at The Ripon Society, you will be responsible for assisting the organization in executing various projects that support and enhance communication within the organization and externally with government policy makers, congressional staff, and Ripon Society members.

Key Job Functions:

  • Conduct research and help write Ripon Society documents
  • Conduct research on legislation from policy makers, assist in developing programming ideas
  • Edit and write other communications
  • Assist with The Ripon Forum tasks as needed
  • Assist with logistics associated with Capitol Hill policy discussions
  • Perform day to day administrative duties as needed

Required Skills:

  • We are looking for an individual who has a keen interest in public policy
  • The individual must demonstrate the ability to undertake writing assignments, and possess a basic understanding of government relations skills
  • An educational background in public policy, communications and political science is ideal
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively
  • Hard-working, highly motivated, and self-sufficient

Applications for the Winter and Spring 2019 Oxley Internships are presently being accepted. 

Applications for Frenzel Fellows for Winter and Spring 2019 are presently being accepted. 

For more information about the Oxley Internship or Frenzel Fellowship with The Ripon Society, please contact us at info@riponsociety.org with a copy of your resume attached.

Past Oxley Interns and Frenzel Fellows

What past Oxley Interns and Frenzel Fellows are saying!

Olivia Fryman with Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel

I came to Ripon with prior experience as an intern, fully prepared for the mundane office tasks that I had completed in previous internships, but to my (grateful) surprise, the tasks I was given were far from mundane.  This internship involved much more than sitting behind a computer or answering phone calls.  Within the first two weeks I had the opportunity to meet three congressmen at Ripon events I helped prepare for, go to the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, and attend a parade at the Marine Barracks honoring the husband of a Ripon staff member.

Not only did I get to help orchestrate events featuring a range of impressive speakers, I got to interact with them and listen in on to what they came to discuss.  Looking at the calendar of past and coming speakers seemed almost unbelievable.  To think that this organization I now was a part of hosted such impressive speakers so frequently seemed too good to be true.  Not only did we hear from representatives and senators, sometimes multiple at once, but also heads of important Republican committees such as the NRCC, the NRSC, and even Chairwoman of the RNC, Ronna McDaniel.  I never could have imagined the type of exposure I would get to DC or the immersive experiences I would have when I applied to this internship.  Having a variety of tasks and hearing from a diverse group of speakers during my time here at Ripon helped me gain a better sense of what I would like to pursue in my future career, and I believe that realization is what made this internship invaluable.

Emily Rosenkoetter and Olivia Fryman with Majority Whip Steve Scalise

To say the staff at Ripon was kind would be an understatement.  From the moment I walked through the door on the first day, they were warm and welcoming, willing to help me in whatever way they could.  They all took time to ask me about my interests and strengths and then tailored their requests of me to best fit my personal preferences and qualifications.  Knowing that I was not from the area, they reassured me that they would be available to me if needed and looked out for me both in and out of the office.  This sense of community created a great office environment and was an encouragement while I settled into both the office and the District.

This summer I learned skills that can be applied not only in the political sphere, but in any discipline I might choose to follow.  I am grateful for the lessons I learned from the Ripon President himself, Jim Conzelman.  He pulled me aside at the beginning of my time here and told me about the importance of a first impression, which is something I had heard before, but he took it a step further and actually showed me how to make memorable first impression—in a good way.  He stressed the importance of gratitude and how small gestures of thankfulness can go a long way; values that apply anywhere in life.  His genuine interest in my success is something I am incredibly thankful for, and I cannot say enough how much I appreciated each staff member’s personal investment in my future by helping me develop valuable skills throughout this internship.

My summer at Ripon is one I will never forget, and I am proud to say I was part of such a great team.

— Olivia Fryman
Columbus, Ohio
Rising Senior, Miami University
Summer 2018 Oxley Intern

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Emily Rosenkoetter with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

Interning at The Ripon Society has been one of the most interesting and educational experiences! From day one, I was thrown into the mix doing real work that directly impacted the organization. Each day, I worked on a range of different items including preparing for the annual Transatlantic Capital Exchange Trip and getting ready for weekly events. I also helped with administrative tasks such as creating spreadsheets and invoices, editing documents, and transcribing speeches.

The highlight of this internship was the weekly breakfasts and dinners. Not only did I get to help plan and prepare for them, but I was able attend and hear the important topics discussed. Hearing from a range of different speakers, including many Congressmen and Senators, helped me learn more about different issues our country faces, as well as, different perspectives from places both inside and outside the US.

My first week at the Ripon Society, I met Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, and listened to him speak about the upcoming election at our breakfast. He discussed the increased effectiveness of conservatives and legislators in Washington recently. He pointed to the Better Way agenda, which was first introduced in 2016, as the reason and looked forward to the improvement in efficiency.

Olivia Fryman and Emily Rosenkoetter with Chairman Trey Gowdy (SC) and Senator Tim Scott (SC)

One of my favorite speakers was Senator Steve Daines from Montana. His time and experience in China was very interesting to me. Hearing about how quickly their economy has been growing was intriguing as well as their replacement of cash and credit cards with a direct payment system called Alipay.

Another speaker I enjoyed hearing was the RNC Chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel. She discussed the funding and technology behind the RNC and how they strategize their funds for each election. They have already raised $184 million for the 2018 election, which is more than any other political party in history.

Through this internship, I was also able to attend other events like the Congressional baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. This included a pre-game reception at the Capitol Hill Club with all of the Ripon Staff and many other lobbyists and staff members. Another fantastic event was the Parade at the Marine Barracks downtown, where we were able to attend a beautiful reception beforehand honoring the husband of Julia Wilkie.

As the summer has progressed, I have learned to be more professional in my interactions with people. With improved confidence, I was able to greet, engage, and make conversation with Ripon members as well as representatives and their staff. This led to meaningful networking connections with many of the Ripon Society members for future contacts.

This experience was made even better by the Ripon staff; everyone was so welcoming from the beginning to end. My time at Ripon has been truly an exceptional and one of a kind experience. I would not have wanted to spend my time anywhere else this summer. I believe that I am finishing this summer with more confidence and enthusiasm for my career ahead.

— Emily Rosenkoetter
Bethesda, Maryland
Rising Sophomore, University of Maryland
Summer 2018 Oxley Intern

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Alex Yom with home state Senator Todd Young (IN)

No internship in Washington DC provides as much of an “inside scoop” on the latest policy initiatives and legislation than working for The Ripon Society. Every week, I had the chance to help organize and attend events that featured members of Congress, their staff, and lobbyists from major corporations. From intimate, off-the-record dinners to large policy breakfasts that featured detailed discussion of timely political issues, I was never short of memorable moments – and great food.

One of my favorite experiences came when The Ripon Society hosted the Mexican and Canadian Ambassadors to the United States, along with Senator Jerry Moran and Congressman Will Hurd during the height of NAFTA renegotiations. As an intern, I had the unique opportunity to learn about the latest updates regarding the trade agreement from four people who were a direct part of the negotiations.

Alex Yom with David MacNaughton, Ambassador of Canada to the United States

During the immediate aftermath of the passage of tax reform, I got to learn firsthand from members of the House Ways and Means Committee on the economic effects of the policy and how it would impact the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. Throughout the semester, the diversity of events that The Ripon Society hosted allowed me to learn about various areas of policy firsthand and meet with many influential people, including the speakers themselves.

Outside of preparing for these events, I also had the opportunity to develop my research and writing skills. One of my largest tasks was helping to prepare for the Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Awards that The Ripon Society hosts every year. I had the chance to research the legislative accomplishments of our honorees, design the event program for the ceremony, and help draft introductory remarks for the recipients. Additionally, I worked with the Communications Director, helping to edit press releases, social media posts, and articles in the Ripon Forum. The staff was also more than willing to let me go down to the Hill to meet my members of Congress and to speak with staffers that I met at our events, helping me network and learn about different career opportunities.

Above all, the people who work at The Ripon Society made the entire experience enjoyable and worthwhile. A team of seven, the small office environment allowed me to always help out with substantive work that I genuinely felt made a difference. From casual conversations about sports to in-depth discussions on politics, I was always felt welcomed and valued at the office. It has been an unforgettable experience to work with a public policy organization that fights for the moderate Republican values that are desperately needed in this time of political polarization.

I cannot thank everyone at The Ripon Society enough for the opportunity they have given me. The lessons I’ve learned and memories I’ve made here will last with me for the rest of my life.

— Alex Yom
Carmel, Indiana
Sophomore, University of Notre Dame
Spring 2018 Oxley Intern

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Kyle Schultz with his hometown Congresswoman Susan Brooks (IN)

From baseball games to the Residence of the British Ambassador, this summer was no coffee-fetching, envelope-stuffing run of the mill internship. In fact, it was actually one of the most incredible experiences of my life. On day 1, I was thrust knee-deep into meaningful work that would contribute to and directly affect the success of the Ripon Society. I began pouring through election data that would be used in the upcoming Ripon Forum publication. I found economic indicators, such as household income and unemployment rate from various Counties of focus and compiled this data into tables that would be used to supplement the corresponding articles in the Ripon Forum. In addition to contributing to Ripon Forum duties, other day-to-day tasks included; research, transcription, administrative tasks, and assisting in planning for weekly events.

I also drafted opening remarks that were used to introduce members of Congress at the weekly breakfast events. At these events I got to not only meet and talk with members of Congress, but also with the members of the Ripon Society. It was always a highlight of the week to listen to members of Congress speak about the issues of the day.

Kyle Chance and Kyle Schultz with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce

One of the largest tasks I had at Ripon was helping to plan and conduct research for their upcoming Capital to Capital Exchange Conference trip to Berlin. I compiled information regarding the formation of Germany’s government, venues that they will be visiting, and simple information such as hotel & restaurant information. After gathering this information I drafted documents that would be used in a binder that would be distributed to participants of the Conference. I also completed research on a variety of topics such as Germany’s infrastructure, role in NATO, and Immigration & Refugee policy. I then wrote policy memos that would be used for background knowledge prior to Panel discussions at the Conference. It was very rewarding to know that I was contributing to such a large event.

This internship wasn’t all work and no play. One of the first weeks of my internship, I was able to go with my boss to the Residence of the British Ambassador to represent the Ripon Society at a reception and watch party the night of the UK election. It was an experience I will never forget. I also got to attend the Congressional baseball game for charity, as well as a pre-game reception at the Capitol Hill Club. As I stated before, the weekly breakfast events, monthly dinners and receptions with members of Congress made for enjoyable conversation and great food at the Capitol Hill Club. The events covered not only the policy issue of the day, but also included some personal history about the members of Congress which almost always included some great fun facts or hilarious stories. In addition to the events held by the Ripon Society, I was given the freedom to pursue my own interests. I was actually encouraged to attend Congressional hearings and meet with hill staffers to network and discuss career paths. None of these experiences compare to the best part of my internship experience, the Ripon staff.

I could not have asked for a better group of people to work with. The staff all incredibly kind and knowledgeable. They took the time to get to know me and helped me in every way they could. When things were not clear, they were patient in explaining to me so that I could better understand the task or the topic. In critiquing my work they were always very honest and let me know when I had done a good job, as well as shared with me things that I should to continue to work on, which I really appreciated. The people at the Ripon Society are some of the best people I have ever had the privilege of working with. It will be hard to find any internship or job that will be as enjoyable as my time at the Ripon Society.

— Kyle Schultz
Carmel, Indiana
Rising Junior, Indiana University
Summer 2017 Oxley Intern

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Kyle Chance with Rep. Pat Tiberi (OH)

My summer with the Ripon Society is certainly one I will never forget. From the moment I walked in on my first day I was greeted with a level of kindness and excitement that took me by surprise. Here, I wasn’t just another intern in DC. I was Kyle, and I was part of the team.

Through this incredible opportunity, I was able to have experience working on the Ripon Forum, a magazine where prominent people across the country contribute articles that cover the most pressing issues of the day. Not only that, but I was assigned the responsibility of helping prepare for the annual international conference (which happens to be in Berlin this year), where almost two dozen Members of Congress will attend to discuss healthcare, global security challenges, and whatever else may come up during the week. Perhaps my favorite part of this internship was the frequent interaction with Congressmen and Senators who were the keynote speakers at the events we hosted on the Capitol Hill Club. As someone who follows the minutiae of American politics, it was absolutely thrilling being able to converse with the figures I had read about and seen on the news.

Kyle Chance and Kyle Schultz with German Ambassador to the United States Peter Wittig

The most exciting experience I had this summer came my second week on the job. It was Election Day in the United Kingdom, and I was lucky enough to attend the reception at the British Ambassador’s residence here in DC. I even got to discuss and analyze the election results with Sir Kim Darroch, the Ambassador himself!

Interning for the Ripon Society was absolutely the right choice for me. You will never find a group of people who are nicer or harder working than the staff here. To them it’s not just a job with coworkers, it’s a family. With the perfect balance of research, planning, and hosting, I can hardly imagine that there is a better place to intern in Washington, DC. If I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a single thing – well, maybe I’d ask to stay just a little bit longer.

— Kyle Chance
Milford, Ohio
M.A. Candidate, Miami University
Summer 2017 Oxley Intern

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Maurice Riveros with Rep. Charlie Dent

“Never in my life before have I experienced a work environment that is so rich in energy and enthusiasm as the Ripon Society. This organization is a prime example of what the Republican Party stands for.  Known for their hard work and dedication, the Ripon Society has earned it’s placed as one of the most respective and impressive public policy think-tanks in Washington D.C. Every person that has worked with Ripon or attended one of their events has had nothing but compliments to give, and would always ask the same “When is the next event?”

Every day I looked forward to entering the office and taking on the various tasks that were assigned to me. Not one assignment that was given to me felt useless, and everything I did was a significant contribution to the organization. My responsibilities around the office included but were not limited to; policy analysis, data research, transcriptions, and assist in event programming, administrative assistant duties and so on.

Maurice Riveros with Rep. Tom MacArthur of his home state of New Jersey

 

Fortunately, I was given opportunities to attend events that were held by Ripon and listen to different Senators and Representatives speak about various types of policies, from health care to taxation and even foreign affairs. What I loved about these events is that you get to see the more “human” side of our elected officials, as sometimes they would joke around with the audience or tell some personal stories. This is incredibly important, especially during a time of political turmoil and divisiveness in our country I think that it’s important that they show us that side of theirs and to remind ourselves that they are just like us ordinary folks.

One of the most memorable moments of working at Ripon (aside from the time I once hung up on a Congressman) is the staff you work alongside with. These people are the most helpful, welcoming, friendly and humorous coworkers you will ever meet. It explains why the Society has been running so well for so long, it hires only the best. The organization’s President and CEO, Jim Conzelman, is by far the textbook definition of excellent leadership, a man who I highly respect and appreciate for his mentorship and guidance throughout my internship here at Ripon. It was a pleasure to have worked for him and the rest of the staff. I am nothing but grateful for the opportunity that I was given here, the skills that I learned and sharpened and the memories that were created here during my time in Washington D.C.”

— Maurice Riveros
West New York, New Jersey
Rising Sophomore, Rutgers University
Spring 2017 Oxley Intern

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Hannah Shepherd with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (WI)

“The best aspect of this internship is the people you work alongside.  The Ripon family is incredibly welcoming and made me feel like a valued member of the team.  Each person that I had the privilege of working with took the time to get to know me, found engaging projects that fit my interests, and assisted me with my long-term career goals.  In addition to the events hosted by Ripon, I was encouraged to attend outside events and to meet with valuable contacts in my field of interest.  I was able to attend congressional hearings, see the set of Face the Nation, run errands on the Hill, and go to lectures hosted by other organizations.  The Ripon Society really takes the time to tailor your experience in DC so that you can really get the most out of it. I can’t think of a better way to be introduced to life and work in Washington D.C. and I am so grateful to have had this once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Summer 2016 Oxley Interns Jesse Jacobs and Hannah Shepherd with Rep. Martha Roby (AL)

During my time at the Ripon Society, I was able to work on a wide variety of tasks. I helped prepare for our events, prepare numerous research reports, and was even given the opportunity to help research and contribute to an article in the Ripon Forum.  Additionally I was able to meet over a dozen members of Congress as well as representatives from some of America’s biggest companies. I was even lucky enough to meet Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on my second day!

I cannot say enough great things about this internship.  Throughout the summer I improved my research, communication, and networking skills all of which will help me in my future career.  I am so grateful to the Ripon Society for giving me this opportunity!”

— Hannah Shepherd
Elm Grove, Wisconsin
Rising Junior, Miami University
Summer 2016 Oxley Intern

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Applications for Winter and Spring 2019 Oxley Internships are presently being accepted. 

Applications for Frenzel Fellows for Winter and Spring 2019 are presently being accepted. 

For more information about the Oxley Internship or Frenzel Fellowship with The Ripon Society, please contact us at info@riponsociety.org with a copy of your resume attached.

 

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