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At the end of every summer, conservative college students from all over the country flock to Washington, DC to see each other, share in the comraderie of the conservative movement, and hear from outstanding speakers from every walk of the movement, from Capitol Hill to Fox News to National Review and beyond. Young America’s Foundation’s National Conservative Student Conference is the must-attend event of the year for conservatives looking to hear from great speakers, meet like-minded individuals, and learn how to make a difference in the movement.  This year’s event takes place from July 30thto August 4th in the heart of DC, but even if you can’t attend, many of the speeches will be streamed online. If you’re working in the area, at the summer internship of your dreams perhaps, there are also intern options so you can attend the evening banquets and social events without missing a day of work.

The 2018 conference is the 40th annual one, so you can be sure that you’ll be spending your week with an organization rooted deeply in the movement. The conferences only costs $100 to attend, an absolute steal since you’ll get lodging in a nice hotel for five entire nights, provided with three meals a day, and you’ll be within walking distance of some major attractions like the White House and the national monuments.

Some of the announced speakers for this year’s conference included

  • Ben Shapiro

  • The Conservative Millennial, Allie Stuckey

  • Senator Tim Scott

  • Author Michael Knowles

  • Former Treasurer of the United States Bay Buchanan

There will be over 30 speakers featured over the week, so you’ll definitely see some of your favorites there. My favorite thing is that they all talk about different issues. You’ll hear from journalists on how to combat fake news and from politicians on how to bridge the bipartisan divide and from media personalities about how to better convey your message.

Outside of the speakers, you’ll also get the chance to engage with some of the sponsors of the event who would be glad to introduce you to what they do, how they do it, and maybe even give you some swag. Past sponsors of NCSC have included the Heritage Foundation, the National Rifle Association, the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, and more.

Speaking of swag, YAF will load you up with a lot of it, so don’t over pack your suitcase. A couple summers ago I came home with a huge bag of books (some of them signed), bookmarks, stickers, and a couple new t-shirts that I still sport proudly to this day.

Have I sold you yet? You have until July 20thto register,but you should apply soon before they fill up! If you’re an intern looking for part-time options, you can also register for that. If you want to watch online, check out YAF’s social media pages for links.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member