Intern Spotlight: Elise LaFleur

Elise at the White House during a tour with NeW this summer.

We are excited to have Elise LaFleur on our team this semester as our Fall 2019 intern. Elise is a senior at the Catholic University of America where she is a Politics major and Vice President of the NeW chapter on campus. Elise is also the Vice President for the DC Federation of College Republicans.

Why is NeW important?
NeW is crucial to the conversation on college campuses today because it solidifies the notion that there is a place for conservative females to be heard and that their voice matters. NeW is an organization that promotes collective discussion around current topics that are of utmost importance when considering their impact both now and in the future, and NeW reminds young women why they should care.

What is the most important conservative issue in your opinion?
The most important conservative issue to me is free speech. When someone doesn’t want to listen to you because they disagree, that is understandable. But when college campuses don’t want to even let you speak or hold events because they think your opinion might clash with others, that is a serious violation of free speech. Respect and civil dialogue are two areas that college campuses would do well to revisit and encourage among their students so that true free speech continues to be allowed throughout our country.

If you could offer advice to college students, what would it be?
Do what you are most passionate about and get involved on campus in college – whether you’re a full-time student, part-time, commuter, or transfer. Find what inspires you and make time for it in college. Don’t just graduate with a degree – graduate with memories, experiences, and friends to last a lifetime.

Why where you interested in interning for NeW?
I was interested in interning for NeW because I wanted to get more involved as a young conservative woman with a community that focuses on matters that are important to me. I also wanted to gain experience working for a non-profit and learning how that differs from working on Capitol Hill and in the private sector.

What do you hope to gain from your internship?
I hope to learn from incredible woman role models who can help me pursue my future career path through providing advice and mentorship and also consider where I can best lend my skills to the conservative movement. I look forward to collaborating on events and projects and furthering my professional skills as I prepare to enter the workforce.

Are you a college student interested in supporting the empowerment of conservative women and bringing intellectual diversity to college campuses across the country? You can apply to intern with NeW today.



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