"I don't have a college degree...I felt like American Moment was the call to do something."
The Class of 2021 for American Moment’s Fellowship for American Statecraft sat down to talk about their experiences in the one-of-a-kind summer program. Learn more about the program here.
“You come in with a level of trust that I don’t think you can get elsewhere. On my first day on the Hill, I wrote a speech for Senator Rubio. They just would not have given that responsibility to me if it weren’t for American Moment,” a fellow said. “The ethos of American Moment…understanding how power works in Washington, that it’s not always just politicians, but it’s civil servants, it’s the political class, it’s the permanent bureaucracy.”
The inaugural class of American Moment fellows concluded their ten-week internship in Washington, D.C. this summer on August 6th.
- Over the course of the summer, the ten fellows heard from leaders like Jeff Sessions, James Bacon, Blake Masters, Rachel Bovard, Daniel McCarthy, and many more.
- American Moment partnered with the Conservative Partnership Institute and the Claremont Institute to host fellowship sessions and salon luncheons for the fellows.
- American Moment is proud to continue partnering with our fellows as they pursue jobs in policy research, political positions, campaign management, and political operations.
Fellows Duncan Spilsbury (Intern, Office of Senator Marco Rubio), Landis Holdorf (Intern, The Center for Renewing America), and Ely Osborne (Intern, Office of Senator Josh Hawley) offered their thoughts on the program:
- Spilsbury: “I can attest that American Moment’s Fellowship for American Statecraft is an opportunity a young conservative can’t match anywhere else. Given the reputation of American Moment’s leaders, I immediately realized my fellowship location placed enormous trust and responsibility in me. Senator Rubio’s office made me feel valued from the outset, as I wrote a floor speech on the first day and went on to write more than a dozen op-eds and speeches throughout the ten weeks. American Moment also provides fellows an opportunity to speak at length with dozens of the most influential leaders of this movement and plug you into an extensive network of friends and allies. And they do all of this while providing you with a stipend that will allow you to live comfortably and enjoy the D.C. experience.”
- Holdorf: “American Moment is one of the most important organizations in Washington D.C. and I am honored to have been one of their inaugural fellows. Their team has the knowledge and the network to jump-start any young conservative’s political career. Shortly after finishing my fellowship, I accepted an offer to work as a Regional Field Director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. I can’t thank American Moment enough for helping me prepare for a career in the conservative movement.”
- Osborne: “For young conservatives looking to get their start in politics, there is no better organization than American Moment. Their team will get you placed with some of the top offices and organizations in Washington and are at the bleeding edge of the new conservative movement. It was an honor to be a part of the fellowship where I made lifelong friends and had wonderful professional experiences. Without American Moment, I would not have been able to participate in the political system in Washington D.C. because most internships are unpaid and only benefit those from wealthy families. Conservative young people from working class families now have a chance to follow their passions of advocacy and public service.”
The Fellowship for American Statecraft will return in the Summer of 2022.