Welcome to Washington!

September 27, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center

227 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Navigating DC is tricky, but we’re here to help! Learn how to make the most of your internship, find the next one, and have a good time too.

“Welcome to Washington” is exactly what it sounds like – our way to welcome the new intern classes of DC. One part professional development, one part networking, this event is a DC staple. We’ve assembled an expert lineup of panelists to answer important career questions for interns.

What is the number one thing I should take away from my internship? How can I find another internship for next year? How can I find a job after college in DC? What are the best things to do in DC while I’m here?

We’ll open with a reception featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres to give you a chance to meet other interns around DC. Following that, our experts will be interviewed on stage by the AF-DC Hub Director, Lydia Pitea and then she’ll open the floor to all of your questions.

For the 21+ folks, there will be an AF-ter Party next door at Union Pub following the program.

Registration is free, but required. For questions, contact [email protected].



Christopher Malagisi In nearly two decades of work in the conservative movement and Republican politics. Christopher Malagisi has distinguished himself as an industry leader and one of the country’s most valuable and go-to external relations experts and coalition leaders.  Malagisi is currently Executive Director of Outreach for Hillsdale College’s Washington, D.C., Campus, where he builds and cultivates strategic alliances and outreach efforts with key institutions, organizations, and leaders nationwide to advance the educational mission of Hillsdale College.  He is also responsible for communications, marketing, and recruitment for their Van Andel Graduate School of Government, located on Capitol Hill – which he’d been instrumental in its development and successful launch in 2019.

Additionally, he was Founder and President of the Young Conservatives Coalition (YCC), which served as an influential coalition and professional networking organization for young adult, professional conservatives in Washington, D.C. from 2009-2017, and originally launched the annual Buckley Awards and Reaganpalooza events.  He also served in leadership positions on five US Republican presidential campaigns leading various national youth and young adult outreach efforts from 2004-2016.

Chris Myers is the Director of External Relations at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He has two decades of experience in organizational outreach management and government affairs. Chris manages the Mercatus Center’s relationships with outside groups strategic engagement with policy research. Prior to joining Mercatus, Chris served as the Associate Director for the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center. He also worked as the Senior Manager of Training and Education for Americans for Prosperity. He received his Bachelors in Economics from George Mason University.

Stephanie Keaveney is the Network Engagement Manager at Talent Market, where she splits her time between managing junior and entry-level searches, and helping expand Talent Market’s Network Engagement Initiative, which engages up-and-coming talent in an effort to provide them guidance on free-market opportunities, career advice, and resources relevant to careers in the liberty movement.

Stephanie’s career started at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal where she researched and wrote about higher education policy. While there, Stephanie participated in the Koch Associate Program. After realizing she was not destined for a policy career, Stephanie joined the Charles Koch Institute where she served in a variety of engagement and talent development roles, most recently managing relationships with the Institute’s over 4,500 educational program alumni.

Stephanie is from a small town outside of Eugene, Oregon and studied political science at Southern Oregon University. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her partner, Promise, and two one-eyed cats, Dash and Lady.


Hillsdale College

American Enterprise Institute

Talent Market

Talent Market is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical full-time roles at every level from entry to executive. Talent Market works with US-based free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise. To learn more, view all current searches, and join Talent Market’s network, visit our website at www.talentmarket.org.

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, the Mercatus Center advances knowledge about how markets work to improve people’s lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems. Our mission is to generate knowledge and understanding of the institutions that affect the freedom to prosper, and to find sustainable solutions that overcome the barriers preventing individuals from living free, prosperous, and peaceful lives. Check out our student programs here.