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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Robbie Rosemalia


Robbie, a native of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, is a senior currently majoring in Political Science at AU’s School of Public Affairs. Robbie is proud to own the label of “policy wonk,” having interned at the American Enterprise Institute, and he is passionate about all things related to foreign policy to ensure America always is and remains the leader of the free world. A staunch defender of free market capitalism, Robbie also loves to talk about how it is the only economic system that has lifted large segments of humanity out of poverty. He is proud and outspoken about being a conservative and has been so since subscribing to National Review and The Weekly Standard when he was an 8th grader. Some of Robbie’s favorite Republicans include Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, Senators Marco Rubio and Ben Sasse, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Bill Kristol, and Jonah Goldberg. In addition to being the President of the AU College Republicans, Robbie also finds time to unwind from politics as avid bass guitarist and visiting all of DC’s best steakhouses.

Robert Wines

Vice President

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 sophomore at American University, studying CLEG (Communication, Legal institutions, Economics, and Government) with an intended double major in History. As a staunch conservative, Robert values the Constitution, as it liberates man by limiting government. His favorite areas of policy include tax policy and foreign policy. Robert 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, Marco Rubio, Ben Sasse, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, and Ben Shapiro. In addition to following politics, Robert enjoys spending time with family and friends, hitting the ice or baseball field for a pickup game and of course, kicking back and watching his beloved Yankees, Giants, and Islanders.

Robbie Heilberg


Robert is a sophomore from New York City and currently serves as Secretary. He is majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communication with an intended double minor in political science and international relations. His personal area of interest in politics is national security and U.S. foreign policy, mainly pertaining to the US-Israel relationship and the role of intelligence gathering in counterterrorism. Additionally, his main area of academic focus is the role public relations plays in building winning political strategies, such as campaigns and policy agendas.

Robert is a Republican because he believes a federal government with broad and expansive powers can’t govern effectively and in the best interests of the people it represents, and that state, local, and municipal governments should play a role in determining the course of policy pertaining to items such as education, healthcare, etc. He also believes in a strong national defense, a foreign policy that favors robust American leadership throughout the world, and a government that honors its constitutional principles.

His favorite Republicans include Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Arizona Senator John McCain, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and former President George H.W. Bush.

Kayla Kennedy


Kayla is a rising junior majoring in Justice and Law with an intended minor in leadership and management. Kayla hails from Saint Louis, Missouri and claims the Cardinals are, objectively, the best team in baseball. However, her personal area of interest in politics is education policy and the elimination of common core standards. Kayla has interned for the American Conservative Union and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for Jay Ashcroft’s campaign for Missouri Secretary of State in 2016. Through those experiences, she became keenly aware of the importance of electing conservative leaders who will uphold and honor the Constitution as it was written. She admires fellow constitutional conservatives such as Senators Ben Sasse, Marco Rubio, President Ronald Reagan, and Carly Fiorina. When she is not overseeing financials for CR’s, she can be found brunching, watching a baseball game, or admiring her favorite monument; the Lincoln Memorial.

Krista Chavez

Communications Director

Krista is a battle-born Nevadan from the city of Henderson outside Las Vegas. She is a senior at American University studying Communications, Law, Economics, and Government Major with a Justice Minor in the School of Public Affairs. She discovered her love for strict constitutional interpretation in high school on her constitutional debate team. The Federalist Papers inspired her to look to the framers and their reasoning for putting every word in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Since coming to DC, she interned for former Rep. Joe Heck (NV-03), the Network of enlightened Women, the House Judiciary Committee’s Majority Office, the Charles Koch Institute, and The Heritage Foundation. She returns in Spring 2017 to serve as the Criminal Justice, Defense, and Immigration Associate at Americans for Tax Reform, after working there from January-December 2016. On campus, she was the President of the AU Chapter and the DC Chairwoman for the Network of enlightened Women. She is a Sigma Kappa and a member of Young Americans for Liberty.

Krista values conservative leaders in the movement like Antonin Scalia, Sandra Day O’Connor, Neil Gorsuch, Mary Fallin, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Ben Sasse, and Ronald Reagan (of course!). Her favorite founding fathers are John Jay, James Madison, William Whipple, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. She loves listening to history podcasts, and her favorite political podcasts are The Ben Shapiro Show, The Pollsters with Kristen Soltis Anderson and Margie Omero, and the FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast. Her favorite books are The Selfie Vote by Kristen Soltis Anderson, Our Lost Constitution by Mike Lee, The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek, Animal Farm by George Orwell, and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Outside of academics and work, Krista loves running, playing board games, watching mysteries, hiking, snowboarding, exploring DC, and hugging dogs.

Gunner Ramer

Speakers Coordinator

Gunner Ramer is from San Ramon, California. He is currently a sophomore at American University planning on graduating in the Spring of 2020 with a degree in Political Science. Gunner has served for the Duf Sundheim for Senate campaign as well as the Evan McMullin for President campaign. He believes in conservative values because he believes free market solutions that true conservatives advocate for solve the most amount of problems. Two influential political figures in Gunner’s life 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.

Cassandra Peña

Events Coordinator

Cassandra is a proud Texan, born and raised in the great state. She is a senior studying Political Science (Comparative Politics) and Law & Society. Cassandra is currently at the Institute of International Finance working as a program assistant/receptionist and previously interned at the RNC during the presidential primaries. Some of Cassandra’s favorite conservative politicians include President Nixon, President Reagan, President Bush (41& 43), and Vice President Pence. Her advice for incoming students is to take every opportunity available to you and to have confidence because if you don’t believe you are the best no one else will.

Brian Thomas

Outreach Coordinator

Brian Thomas, a member of the Class of 2018, is from Edison, New Jersey and is the current Outreach Coordinator. He is studying political science and history and is enrolled in the SPA MA/BA program for political science. He is currently interning in the office of Congressman Michael Turner of Ohio’s tenth district. His areas of interest lie in foreign and security policy and trade policy. Brian is a Republican because he believes strongly in the founding principles of federalism and classical liberalism. He also believes in a strong national defense and an active foreign policy. Some of his favorite Republicans include Ben Sasse, Nikki Haley, and Henry Kissinger. Outside of AUCRs, Brian is involved in the AU Chorus, where he is the Bass Section Leader, as well as AU Gamers and AU Anime Society.

Thomas Kenna

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

Thomas is a sophomore majoring in International Relations and Business Administration. A native Long Islander, Tom believes in freedom, equal opportunity, and the dignity of individuals. He is unequivocally pro- life and pro- free market, in addition to being a devout reader of National Review. He is currently the Research intern at Gravity Strategic Communications and the Digital Director for the D.C. Federation of College Republicans. Thomas deeply admires Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Theodore Roosevelt, in addition to the contemporary Republicans Arthur Brooks, Sen. Rand Paul, Vice Pres. Mike Pence, and Amb. Nikki Haley.

He 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.

Jordan Leppo

Freshman Ambassador

Jordan Leppo is from the beautiful town of Laguna Beach in Southern California. He is a member of the Class of 2021 studying Law and Society. Jordan is one of the two Freshman Ambassadors on the AU College Republican Executive Board, and he looks forward to recruiting more freshmen and spreading the conservative message on campus. Jordan believes that the Constitution’s limitation of the government serves as a model for all nations. In the summer, Jordan interns for a law firm based out of Irvine, California, where he can further his respect and knowledge of the law. 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

Freshmen Ambassador

Bio coming soon