Capitol Hill Intern Summit

The Network of enlightened Women hosted our annual Capitol Hill Intern Summit on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at the Capitol Hill Club.  

This year, attendees heard from Adeline Sandridge, Deputy Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Kat Cammack (FL-3), for a session titled, “Five Things You Didn’t Learn During Your Hill Internship (but should have!).” They also heard from Ellie Cohanim, Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, host of “Global Perspectives with Ellie Cohanim” for Jewish News Syndicate, and former U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the U.S. Department of State, for a session titled “Conflict in the Middle East and Lessons in Diplomacy.”  

Attendees had the chance to learn more about the NeW community and network with other conservative women from around the country.  

Interns had the ability to work in the morning and attend this event over lunch before returning for the last couple of hours of the day.

For more information on the Summit, email

Meet the Speakers

Adeline Sandridge, Deputy Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Kat Cammack (FL-3)

Adeline Sandridge serves as Congresswoman Kat Cammack’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications & Operations. Prior to her work in this role, she served as Rep. Cammack’s Communications Director during the 117th Congress and managed several of the congresswoman’s leadership caucuses, including the Campus Free Speech Caucus and Bipartisan Women’s Caucus. Adeline grew up in Crozet (Crow-ZAY), Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy with an undergraduate degree in Public Policy & Leadership Studies. While at UVA, she served as the president of the founding chapter of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW) for three years. In her spare time, she loves to read, take her beloved Pure Barre classes at her Alexandria studio, spend time outdoors, and enjoy live music. She hopes to continue her career on Capitol Hill as a chief of staff one day. 

Ellie Cohanim, Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum


Ellie Cohanim is a Senior Fellow with Independent Women’s Forum (IWF); and a National Security Contributor to Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). In 2021, Ellie launched and hosted for Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) 30+ episodes of the show “Global Perspectives with Ellie Cohanim” with themes on the Abraham Accords; the Iranian threat; global antisemitism and interfaith understanding. Previously, Ellie Cohanim served as U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism at the U.S. Department of State by appointment of the President of the United States and the US Secretary of State. 

Ms. Cohanim was the U.S. State Department’s first Iranian-born Envoy, and helped lead diplomatic initiatives which resulted in forging groundbreaking partnerships in the Arab world and with Bahrain’s King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence to combat anti-Semitism. Ms. Cohanim also persuaded the first-ever Muslim faith group to adopt the IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism, all as part of the Abraham Accords efforts. As Deputy Envoy, Ms. Cohanim was the lead official for the State Department in creating and implementing policy on countering anti-Semitism in the Near East and Western Hemisphere regions. She also worked closely with Jewish communities in Venezuela, Chile, Argentina and Colombia in confronting local issues of anti-Semitism. 

Ms. Cohanim can often be seen on Fox News and Newsmax; and is a contributor to National Review, Newsweek, The Hill and Washington Examiner. Ellie Cohanim arrived as a child refugee to the US, after she and her family fled the escalating anti-Semitism in Iran during the 1979 Islamic Revolution.   

Previously, Ellie Cohanim was Senior Vice President and Special Correspondent for the Jewish Broadcasting Service (JBS) and was an executive at Yeshiva University; The Jewish Theological Seminary; and UJA-Federation of New York. She serves on the boards of the Iranian-American Jewish Federation of NY; Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue University; and Latino Coalition for Israel. Previous board positions include American Jewish Committee (AJC-NYR), the New York Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Ester Chapter of Hadassah. She has been recognized by Sephardic Heritage Alliance (SHAI), and Hadassah in 2023 & 2018. 

Ellie Cohanim received her B.A. in Political Science, Cum Laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University; and conducted graduate study in International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  She is fluent in Hebrew and Farsi, familiar with German and Arabic. 

Past Speakers

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Natalie Joyce

Deputy Chief of Staff, Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy


Sarah Parshall Perry

Senior Legal Fellow for the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Parker Poling

Parker Hamilton Poling

Partner, Harbinger Strategies

Past Summits


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