We want to make it easier for our members to secure internships with conservative organizations and causes. Therefore, we will share internship opportunities that we are made aware of on our jobs boards listing here. Our email mailing-list is also extremely useful in transmitting this information. If you are employers or candidate looking to hire College Republicans, please reach out to us. You can find our jobs board by clicking “internships” under the “members” tab on this website.

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Speakers & Events

Living and studying in the nation’s capital presents us with plenty of opportunities for high profile speakers to visit our campus. In just this past year, we have hosted Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, and AEI President Arthur Brooks, to name a few. We have also been planning exciting events for our members, such as gun range trips, barbecues, phone-banking, and campaigning. Check into our website frequently to stay up to date on all upcoming events.

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The Conservative Conscience

The conservative community on our campus is bright and opinionated. The Conservative Conscience is one method to foster that sense of community in addition to showcasing the intellectualism of the conservative movement. Named after Sen. Barry Goldwater’s (R-AZ) infamous treatise, The Conservative Conscience is actively seeking writers who are members of the CRs, Young Americans for Liberty, or Network of Enlightened Women at American University.

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Robert Wines


Robert is a proud Long Islander. He quickly learned the importance of traditional conservative values while growing up in his hometown of Massapequa. Currently, he is a junior at American University, studying CLEG (Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) with an intended minor in Entrepreneurship. His favorite areas of policy include tax policy and foreign policy. Robert has interned in the Office of Rep. Pete King (NY-2) and the Office of Senator Marco Rubio (R—FL). He greatly values the contribution to the conservative movement that Antonin Scalia has made, as an Italian-American himself. He also has great admiration for Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, his former bosses, Marco Rubio and Peter King, and John McCain. Outside of the political world, Robert is a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon and is a winger for the American University Men’s Ice Hockey Team.

Peyton Smith

Vice President

Peyton is currently a senior majoring in CLEG, an interdisciplinary study of Communications, Law, Economics, and Government. Originally from Lebanon, Tennessee, Peyton is passionate about upholding the Constitution and implementing common-sense immigration policies. She believes in the power of small government and adamantly defends the First Amendment. Her conservative beliefs have been strengthened through interning for the Office of Congressman James Comer (R—KY) and the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Peyton has also interned for Kane & Crowell Family Law Center in her hometown, which is where she found her passion for helping those with legal issues. Last year, Peyton served as Vice President for the Network of Enlightened Women on campus. Peyton is also an involved member of Phi Mu and will be a Teaching Assistant for Politics in the U.S. this semester. She admires fellow conservatives including President Ronald Reagan, Sandra Day O’Connor, Senator Marco Rubio, and Condoleezza Rice. When Peyton is not performing Vice Presidential duties, she loves to cheer on the University of Tennessee football program, visit the Tenleytown Chick-Fil-A, and explore all of the sights that D.C. has to offer.

Jordan Leppo


Jordan Leppo is from the beautiful town of Laguna Beach in Southern California. He will graduate with the Class of 2021 with a B.A. in Justice and Law from American University. As the Secretary of the AU College Republicans, one of Jordan’s goals is growing the relationships between AUCRs and the other College Republicans chapters in the DC area. During the summer, Jordan interns for a law firm based out of Irvine, California. He is looking to further his respect for and knowledge of the law. He strongly believes that the limitation of government in the United State’s Constitution should serve as a model and an example for all nations, so as to foster liberty. His most admired conservative public figures include Presidents Coolidge and Reagan, Sen. Barry Goldwater, Mayor Vincent Cianci, Dennis Prager, and Ben Shapiro. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys exploring the D.C. area and watching baseball.

Jordan Bell


Jordan Bell is currently a sophomore in the Kogod School of Business. He was born and raised in Cornwall, NY, where he began to take an interest in politics at a young age. The 2012 Presidential Election was when Jordan started to develop a true passion for politics, and since then, he has been a proud conservative. Volunteering for his New York State Senator’s campaign in the Fall of 2016 made him truly understand the importance of local and state politics, and the value of the Constitution. He has been heavily involved in local politics ever since, and is currently working on another NYS Senate campaign.

The issues Jordan is most passionate about include tax policy, free-market healthcare solutions, free trade, state’s rights, and government reform. Some of Jordan’s political role models include Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Ben Sasse, and Rand Paul, as well as President Ronald Reagan, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Shapiro.

Jordan’s other involvements include AUSG’s Kennedy Political Union, and The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Inc. He is also a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and in his spare time, he enjoys watching the Yankees, Jets, and FC Barcelona.

Thomas Kenna

Communications Director & Editor-in-Chief, The Conservative Conscience

Thomas is a student of International Relations and Business Administration in the American University Class of 2020. Tom hails from the conservative Floral Park, NY on Long Island. Tom believes in freedom, equal opportunity, and the dignity of individuals. He is unequivocally pro – life and pro – free market, and Tom believes in strong American leadership around to world. He also thinks that the United States should strive to return to its Tocquevillian roots, with a thriving civil society sector. He is currently the Research intern at Gravity Strategic Communications and the Digital Director for the D.C. Federation of College Republicans. He also serves as the Vice President of the AU chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society and the Associate Secretary of the AU Student Government. He will be interning for the American Enterprise Institute during Summer 2018. Thomas draws tremendous personal and professional inspiration from Speaker Paul Ryan and former MA Governor Mitt Romney. Thomas also deeply admires Ben Sasse, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Nikki Haley, and Carly Fiorina. Thomas’ all-time favorite books are The Conservative Heart by Arthur Brooks and Suicide of the West by Jonah Goldberg.

Thomas is looking forward to growing The Conservative Conscience and transforming it into a high-quality publication. Please do not be hesitant to get in contact with Tom about contributing to this online journal.

Gunner Ramer

Political Director

Gunner Ramer is from San Ramon, California. He is currently a junior at American University planning on graduating in the Spring of 2020 with a degree in Political Science. Gunner has gained valuable political experience having served on the Duf Sundheim for Senate campaign and the Evan McMullin for President campaign. He believes in conservative values. Gunner also believes that the free market can solve the greatest amount of problems. Two influential political figures for Gunner’s views are Thomas Jefferson and Barry Goldwater. In being a part of the American University College Republicans Executive Board, he hopes to unite conservatives and those still trying to figure out their political ideology across campus. As Political Director, Gunner is looking forward to connecting AUCRs with various campaigns in the lead up to the 2018 midterm elections.

Elise Stebick

Events Coordinator

Elise Stebick is from St Marys, Pennsylvania studying Communications, Legal Studies, Economics, and Government (CLEG). As a rising junior, Elise has interned for Representative Mike Kelly (R—PA) starting her freshman year until her sophomore year. Her first internship on the Hill sparked an interest in legislative politics, ranging from healthcare, to veterans affairs, to tax policy, as well as an interest in how these policies affect rural America. Elise has also interned for Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Continuing into the summer, Elise will serve as the federal affairs intern for deregulatory policy at Americans for Tax Reform. When not interning, Elise is a member of Network of Enlightened Women (NeW), having served as their Outreach and Social Media Director during her sophomore year. In addition to NeW, Elise is a sister of Sigma Kappa Sorority. Elise credits her interest in politics to growing up watching the news instead of Disney Channel and of course to the Fox News Anchor Dana Perino, as Perino’s upbringing and interests were similar to her own. Her favorite Republicans include the Bush family, Paul Ryan, Sarah Sanders, and Carly Fiorina.

Starrchild Jackson

Outreach Coordinator

Starrchild Jackson is a South Jersey Native and a first-year student at American University. Starr has been a Republican for most of his life now but grew up in a family of Democrats. While Starr believes in conservative principles, bipartisanship is extremely important to him. Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice are two of his greatest role models, believing their legacies should guide future Republican ideals. Starr has interned for the New Jersey Senate President, Steve Sweeney , where he learned the intricacies of state government. Starr wants to promote a more inclusive Republican Party, where more minorities feel like we represent them. Outside of College Republicans, Starr is the founder of the non-profit, Black Starrs Inc., which focuses on teaching young men of color about mental health and higher education. Starr is excited for the great work that will be accomplished this semester.

Chris Abbott

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Chris is a senior from Albuquerque, New Mexico majoring in Economics and International Studies. Politically, he is interested in the crossover between these two fields, especially sanctions and US trade policy. In DC, he has pursued several professional opportunities related to this, including two internships with the US Trade Representative, where he was involved in the NAFTA renegotiations, amongst other issues. He has also worked for Americans for Tax Reform and New Mexico’s affiliate of the State Policy Network. Beyond that, he also volunteered for a number of conservative campaigns, and led Gary Johnson’s campaign efforts in DC in 2016.

Chris has also been involved in a number of organizations on campus, most notably the Kennedy Political Union (KPU), where he served as Deputy Director for Event Production his Junior year. In that role, he advocated strongly to bring more conservatives onto the KPU staff and to bring more conservative speakers to campus, including Carly Fiorina and John Ashcroft.

Within the Republican Party, a few of Chris’s favorite leaders are Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, and Mitt Romney, and he is thrilled by the progress that has been made on tax reform, repealing “net neutrality”, and re-establishing America as a global leader in the past two years.

Shannon Stillwell

Freshman Ambassador

Shannon Stillwell is a B.A. Candidate in the School of International Service from Mendon, Massachusetts. She plans to graduate with a concentration in National Security and Foreign Policy and minors in Russian Language and Russian Area studies. Shannon’s interest in politics began at an early age, when she became involved in Rhode Island Model Legislature. She went on to chair the state’s Republican party, serving as Minority Leader in the House (2017) and Minority Leader in the Senate (2018). Shannon is passionate about both diplomacy and service as the awardee the Christian Service Award and the National Student Leadership Conference Scholarship.

Shannon’s work in conservative politics began in 2017 with a political internship in Kim Guadagno’s New Jersey Gubernatorial campaign. Most recently, Shannon has served as Outreach Coordinator for Geoff Diehl’s 2018 bid for U.S. Senate where she worked alongside the candidate on the campaign trail and helped organize fundraising and PR events.
As a freshman member of the Executive Board, Shannon is excited to bring new ideas to a young, energized Republican audience at the most politically active school in the nation. She is eager to be involved and effect change as a young, conservative woman in D.C. Shannon is inspired by the many strong voices within the Republican party, namely Condoleezza Rice, Nikki Haley, and Gina Haspel.

Nick Dokoozlian

Freshmen Ambassador

Nick Dokoozlian is from Modesto, California and has lived in various places in the Central Valley since he was born. Here, he learned the importance of conservative politics in regard to agriculture and how detrimental government overreach can be in the free market. Nick is currently a Freshman at American University studying CLEG (Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and an intended History minor. Nick interned for former Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-10) for 5 years and was on his campaign staff for the 2018 midterm election. His greatest conservative influences would be William F. Buckley, Milton Friedman, and former President George H. W. Bush. In Nick’s free time, you can find him either playing or watching football.