Image Credits: All images courtesy of Reagan Tonner

How She Got That Internship is a series that highlights conservative women’s internships in various organizations and positions to inspire the next generation of conservative women to lead. Did you, or a young woman that you know, have an internship experience you want to share with our readers? Submit it in this form and we will contact you if we think it would be a great fit for the series. 

Summer is perhaps the best time for young leaders to invest in themselves by gaining valuable work experience, namely through internships. FFL is sitting down with a number interns to reflect on this year’s highlights and encourage more young leaders to apply for next year’s internships.

Reagan Tonner is currently a Junior at the University of Alabama, majoring in Political Science with minors in Public Policy and Social Welfare. She is originally from Highlands Ranch, Colorado but lives in Alabama. After Reagan graduates in May of 2020, she is hoping to attend law school. At the University of Alabama, Reagan is a member of the Delta Gamma sorority as well as Turning Point USA. She has had the privilege of serving the students at Alabama after being elected to Student Government Association as a Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences. Reagan works with other elected Senators as well as University administration to pass legislation and initiatives to better her school. She is passionate about politics and advocating for conservative women. Some fun facts about Reagan are that her  favorite show is The Office, she loves Chinese food, and she has two dogs!

How did you find out about the position, and why did you decide to apply?

I interned at the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2018! Originally, I found out about the internship through a family friend who worked at the NRSC. I ended up interning in her department under her, she was the Director of Finance. I decided to apply because I have previous experience in campaign fundraising, but never on a national scale. Previously I interned for political fundraising groups in Denver, Colorado.

What was the driving force behind choosing to work at as an intern for the NRSC?

I chose to work as an intern for the NRSC because I strongly believe in their mission of maintaining Republican control in the Senate. The main purpose of the NRSC is to get Republican candidates elected to Senate, as well as keep the seats that are already held. I was excited to get to work with candidates across the country, as well as current senators.

Had you interned before? If so, where?

I previously interned for the Westbrooke Group in Denver, CO. They are a political fundraising group and I had the privilege of working on various campaigns in Colorado as well as Liz Cheney’s campaign for the House of Representatives. I also interned R&R Partners where I worked on a campaign to add an amendment to the Colorado Constitution.

Describe a typical day at your internship.

Honestly there was no ‘typical’ day at the NRSC. There was always something new that I was doing! I was working in the finance, or fundraising, department so I was usually working on donor outreach as well as planning large scale fundraising events. I often times was prospecting new donors as well as helping with the logistics of fundraising events around the country. A cool part of my job was the opportunity to work with the White House. President Trump and Vice President Pence were very helpful and willing to campaign for Senate candidates and my job was to assist on these events.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of working for the NRSC?

The most rewarding aspect of working for the NRSC was knowing that I played a role in helping maintain a Republican majority in the Senate. I was overjoyed when I found out the election results in November. So many of the candidates that I helped phone bank for or assist in large scale fundraisers were elected to the Senate, and it is amazing knowing that I played a small role in getting them elected.

What was the biggest WOW moment of your internship?

The biggest WOW moment was probably during my first week of my internship. I got to sit in on lobbying breakfasts with various organizations and senators. I was sitting at a table and conversing with many influential senators that I read about or see on TV every day. It was a surreal moment to be able to talk to them and voice my ideas on different issue, as well as assist with the event. I used to view elected officials as a sort of celebrity but this summer I got to change my view of them to an actual person, elected to serve the people.

Looking back over your time in the internship, what’s been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a result of your time working for the NRSC?

The most valuable lesson I learned was to not burn bridges with people. It is easy to get caught up in the gossip in D.C., it may be a big city, but everyone knows everyone. It is important to always make a good impression and be a genuinely good person to everyone you meet. You never know if you’ll be interviewing with someone down the road and you don’t want to hurt your chances because you partook in gossip or anything.

Would you apply to work at the NRSC again, and what advice would you give to future applicants?

I would work at the National Republican Senatorial Committee again, I loved my time there and found my passion of campaign fundraising. It was an amazing experience and I would tell anyone who is considering it to apply to the NRSC. The first step is putting yourself out there and filling out an application. You’re probably more qualified than you think. Confidence is key and if you are passionate about helping the Senate majority that will show!

How She Got That Internship is a series that highlights conservative women’s internships in various organizations and positions to inspire the next generation of conservative women to lead. Did you, or a young woman that you know, have an internship experience you want to share with our readers? Submit it in this form and we will contact you if we think it would be a great fit for the series. 

Isabel B
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Isabel is a Cabinet Member from the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado and is a proud CSU Ram. Next fall, Isabel will be attending Georgetown University to pursue her master's degree. She dreams of one day serving as the US President. She loves all things small government and second amendment, and is also a Turning Point USA Campus Coordinator and a proud member of PragerFORCE.