Hispanic Leadership Network - Summer Term

  • Washington, DC
  • Intern

Company Description

The American Action Forum is a non-profit “think-tank” in Washington, DC dedicated to thoughtful, timely, politically informed policy analysis.  Our spring interns will have the opportunity to work with top issue experts as they apply our research to breaking current events, network with DC leaders, and publish their own public policy research.


Every American Action Forum issue expert joined the Forum with an exceptionally distinguished background. Some of the experts you will have the opportunity to work with include Doug Holtz-Eakin, Sixth Director of the Congressional Budget Office and Jennifer Korn Director of Hispanic and Women’s Affairs in the White House Office of Public Liaison.

What our intern alumni are saying about their time at the American Action Forum:


“Currently, I am in law school and one of my classes requires that I come up with legislation.  The skills I learned at the Forum helped me research the regulatory field and develop the law I plan to draft for my class.  Moreover, the research and writing skills which the Forum demands have assisted me in not only my current role, but will stick with me throughout my career.” – Bijan


“The Forum is a great way to learn about many of the policy areas that influence Washington politics. I have a background in Healthcare, but by working at the Forum, I became more aware of policy issues relating to Education, Energy and the Environment and Housing.” – Katherine


“The most valuable thing I learned at AAF was how to approach The Hill and Washington, DC as a whole, which mostly came from the insight provided by the Forum staff and guest speakers during the Internship Speaker Series.” – Max


“Working at the Forum is an amazing opportunity that can benefit a wide variety of people. The Forum improved my professional and business nature as well as improved my writing and research skills. Additionally, the Forum events and opportunities allowed me to experience living and working in Washington DC in a way I would not have been able to without this internship. The support from fellow coworkers is outstanding and the Forum is an excellent environment to grown and work.” - Catherine

Job Description

As an intern at the Hispanic Leadership Network, an initiative of the American Action Forum, you will report directly to Jennifer Korn, the Executive Director of the Hispanic Leadership Network. Korn, focuses her work at HLN on building the largest conservative Hispanic grassroots organization in the country. Korn researches policy issues that pertain to Hispanics from healthcare, immigration, education to the economy.

She recently served as a political strategist, specializing in winning political plans for candidate and issue campaigns. She previously served in the George W. Bush Administration as Director of Hispanic and Women’s Affairs in the White House Office of Public Liaison, as well as Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice. Before her service at the White House, Ms. Korn held dual positions as National Hispanic Director and Southwest Coalitions Director on President Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign. AS the National Hispanic Director, Ms. Korn designed and supervised he plan which was instrumental in President Bush receiving 44% of the Hispanic vote.  She organized the successful nationwide Viva Bush campaign.


A few examples of projects completed by previous interns in the Hispanic Leadership Network include:

  • Research and keep current with legislation and news that directly affects the Hispanic community.
  • Research healthcare, education, immigration, economic policy and write policy recommendations for the conservative Hispanic community. 
  • Research Hispanic voter demographics in swing states.
  • Aid in planning and execution of grassroots advocacy in targeted swing states.
  • Provide assistance at Hispanic Leadership Network regional conferences.
  • Develop marketing/social media plans to promote national awareness of the Hispanic Leadership Network


As part of the internship, your responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Research assistance: Interns will provide research assistance and data collection for their issue area director when in the office
  • Event attendance: Interns will attend Capitol Hill hearings, private speaker events, and events held by other DC think tanks to analyze and report on the information presented
  • Forum event support: Interns will help promote, run, and evaluate all Forum events
  • Semester project: Interns will write a paper on a topic of their choice to be completed by the end of the semester. Issue area directors will assist the interns with their research and writing - the final papers will be published on the Forum’s website.


Hours and Compensation

  • Interns must be available for 20 to 32 hours per week
  • Interns will be provided an hourly wage to cover transportation and living expenses
  • Interns will be responsible for bringing their own computer/equipment



  • Excellent writing ability and communication skills
  • An interest in the politics and policies of center-right conservatives
  • Creative and knowledgeable in methods of engaging the Hispanic community
  • Self-starting attitude
  • Quantitative skills are desired

Additional Information

Please include in your application a preferred start date, resume, cover letter, and writing sample of less than 1,500 words.