Oxley Internship and Frenzel Fellowship


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 Spring and Summer 2017 Internships are no longer being accepted. 

Applications for Frenzel Fellows for Fall 2017 are presently being accepted. 

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


What past Oxley Interns and Frenzel Fellows are saying!


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.


Hannah Shepherd with former Rep. Mike Ferguson (NJ), NRCC Chairman Greg Walden, and former Rep. Mike Rogers



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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Senator Roger Wicker (MS) with Jesse Jacobs

“My first event with the Ripon Society was to hear Roger Wicker, Senator from Mississippi. There I
incredibly fortunate opportunity of sitting next to the outrageously funny and refreshingly genuine Barbara Comstock, Representative from Virginia. Her funny quips and sincerity on issues foreshadowed so much of my time this summer interning for the Ripon Society: one of chance opportunities and the discovery of an office teeming with honest, determined and thankfully humorous people that made the unbelievable humidity and heat of DC seem bearable.

Armed with a computer and as many post-it’s I could ever desire, my daily tasks for the Ripon Society took on a wide array of responsibilities that primarily consisted of research on Members of Congress, issues, event programming, office management like updating mailing lists and data entry, and running an assortment of missions for the Society across the city ranging from such exotic locations as the Hill or the FedEx down the street. Distinct from other larger organizations, the intimate size and feel of the office allowed me to take on specialized tasks that displayed my talents. For example, the office wanted a new platform to broadcast the audio from their events and I spent a good deal of my summer setting up the SoundCloud page that the Ripon Society now proudly touts.


Oxley Interns Hannah Shepherd and Jesse Jacobs with Senator Thom Tillis (NC) and Congressional Intern Sam Zickar

The daily duties and intimate office were matched with incredibly promising and enriching stumbles, if one should call them that. From getting lost on the way to the offices of the Speaker within the Capitol Building to evacuating the Capitol Hill Club with five congressmen and the former Chair of Ways and Means in tow, the surprises of this summer were enriching.

I am so glad to have had the opportunity to help in a small way with this policy organization, because they have a purpose. The Ripon Society truly is committed to passing smart policy that requires the help of both sides of the aisle. The smart and dedicated office has indicated this pragmatic approach by being a voice of reason during a period of polarization in the city. Working in this office, my summer became personally enriching, both through the skills and experience that I gained and the pragmatism that I helped proliferate.”

— Jesse Jacobs
San Pedro, California
Rising Junior, Georgetown University
Summer 2016 Oxley Intern


Janessa Lopez with her homestate of Colorado's U.S. Senator Cory Gardner

Janessa Lopez with her home state Senator Cory Gardner (CO)

“The skills and unforgettable experiences I have gained through interning at The Ripon Society are immeasurable. As one of Washington’s most prominent Republican public policy organizations, The Ripon Society serves as a policy clearing house for Members of Congress on a variety of issues, creating a healthy forum for the exchange of ideas. Since the organization hosts a large number of events ranging from a policy discussion series with prominent Members of Congress to regional and international conferences, I had the unique opportunity as an intern to be a part of the planning process engaging in teamwork, professional communication, problem solving, leadership, and other skills that come with hosting events of such high magnitude and high expectations.


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Janessa Lopez with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (MI)

My responsibilities ranged from assisting in all aspects of the organization from helping to organize and staff events with Members of Congress to helping prepare summaries of these events for news media after they were held. I have enhanced my research and writing skills through drafting introductions, biographies, and award banquet talking points for influential speakers in addition to being responsible for updating the website.

Janessa Lopez with House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (PA)

Janessa Lopez with Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (PA)

The most exciting aspect of my internship was having the honor of meeting and engaging with many Members of Congress after hearing them speak at our events. On top of going to the many events hosted by The Ripon Society, I was also given the flexibility to attend sought after Congressional hearings and events hosted by other local think tanks on issues that suited my interests. This internship experience has been greater than anything I could have asked for, especially due to the fact that the office is composed of amazing individuals who create a family-like environment, making every day an absolute joy.”

— Janessa Lopez
Arvada, Colorado
Spring 2015 Oxley Intern


Matthew Rindfuss with his hometown congressman, Representative Mike Kelly

Matthew Rindfuss with his hometown Representative Mike Kelly (PA)

“During my time with The Ripon Society I was exposed to more than I could have ever hoped for. On a weekly basis, sometimes more, I was able to meet congressman, their staff, and various business representatives. Throughout my internship, I was able to research the policy areas that interest me without limitation. The Ripon Society has some of the best staff members I could have ever hoped to work with. They were welcoming as well as friendly and even endorsed me to future employers. I am proud to say that working with The Ripon Society has given me the knowledge, confidence, and the connections for me to build my future on. I cannot thank them enough for all they have done and I can’t wait to get back to D.C.”

— Matthew Rindfuss
Mars, Pennsylvania
Fall 2015 Oxley Intern


Chelsea Padgett with Ohio Governor John Kasich

Chelsea Padgett with Ohio Governor John Kasich

“My internship with The Ripon Society has made this summer one that I will never forget. It provided the opportunity to explore various parts of Washington, D.C. and venture around the Hill. Not only was I granted access to places within the Capitol and Capitol Hill Club, I was able to work alongside Ripon and meet an incredible amount of public figures. The Ripon Society is an irreplaceable public policy center that provides the finest of speakers and establishes a comfortable environment for members to interact with public officials and their staff. The events held by Ripon offer intriguing policy discussions and allow for enhanced political stimulation, especially for an intern. I am blessed to have been offered this opportunity and I am forever thankful to the Ripon staff for an amazing summer.”

— Chelsea Padgett
Ormond Beach, Florida

Summer 2015 Oxley Intern


Applications for the Spring and Summer 2017 Internships are no longer being accepted. 

Applications for Frenzel Fellows for Fall 2017 are presently being accepted. 

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


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