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The following is a message from our friends at the Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation is looking for rising juniors, seniors, and graduate students interested in experiencing DC first hand this spring. Our program will run from January 9th to April 21st, with opportunities in research and policy promotion.heritage-foundation-logo

Interns work with Heritage experts on foreign and domestic policy issues in such areas as energy and the environment, the rule of law, homeland security, and health care. For those interested in business, Heritage offers the opportunity to work in communications and marketing, development, coalition building and outreach, and government relations.

You can find a full list online that includes the 60 open positions in policy, promotion, business and more.

If you’re interested in the program, or just want to learn more for the future, check it out by visiting www.heritage.org/internships.

Interested applicants should apply by October 1st by filling out our online application. They will also need to submit two letters of recommendation and an official school transcript by the deadline. International students must also submit work authorization.

In addition to the practical experience interns acquire, intern programming offers educational and skill enhancing seminars. Interns regularly attend events where they can meet and talk with the nation’s leading policy-makers, in addition to establishing friendships and contacts that will last a lifetime.

Apply today to spend your spring in DC!

[This article was written by Vanessa Novoa, Local Coordinator for Estudiantes por la Libertad Venezuela.]

Maracay, Venezuela – The sun is yet to rise as hundreds of people line up in a long queue a few blocks away from the community supermarket. It won’t open its doors until 8:00 a.m. and is guarded by heavily-armed soldiers parading around the building to prevent plunder – now part of everyday life in Venezuela.

“Before, we could come at some point during the morning, but this changed when they started to serve by identity card number and so many foods began to disappear almost completely. Now we have to sleep on the streets to be able to get food to our table”, says a man in his sixties. He is sitting on a mattress in the line leading to a supermarket in Maracay, State of Aragua, and has been there since midnight.

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With umbrellas, chairs, benches, mattresses, and blankets, around 400 people await dawn to “buy whatever there is” in the market. The supermarket premises are located in a “red zone” because of its high criminality rate. Still, those who stay overnight claim it’s worth the risk.

“Hunger has a dog’s face”, remarks another elderly man. He doesn’t give his name. He is afraid of being catalogued as “bachaquero” (term used to describe those who buy basic goods at state-regulated prices before selling them in the black market).

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A major national precious metals dealer announced today the creation of the first gold-backed scholarship fund to support outstanding students who understand that gold is money and can articulate the failures of the inflation-creating Federal Reserve System.

dollar-227748_960_720Students For Liberty is excited to see such an initiative launched, since we believe that big government is the principle factor driving up the cost of higher education in America.

Money Metals Exchange, a national precious metals dealer recently ranked “Best in the USA,” teamed up with the Sound Money Defense League, setting aside 100 oz of physical gold, currently worth $135,000, to help outstanding students pay for ever-rising education costs.

“The Federal Reserve’s inflationary policies have jacked up education costs, and our company is proud to help students who understand this problem as they cope with this unfolding disaster,” said Stefan Gleason, president of Money Metals Exchange. “Because of abusive and ongoing devaluation of the Federal Reserve Note, we expect the gold that we have set aside to fund the scholarship program will grow in nominal value dramatically over time.”

This scholarship will be open to high school seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students with an interest in economics, specifically the tradition of the Austrian school. However, one does not have to be an economics major to apply.

The ongoing devaluation of the Federal Reserve Note “dollar” pushes up the nominal prices of assets, goods, and services across America. Central planners have further contributed to the problem of skyrocketing education costs through easy access to government-subsidized loans which are usually awarded regardless of merit or creditworthiness. Colleges and universities can spend frivolously and raise their tuition costs aggressively.  Meanwhile, students frequently leave college with debt that exceeds a home mortgage.

Essays will be reviewed by a blue ribbon committee of professors, economists, and executives of Money Metals Exchange and Sound Money Defense League. The panel will select two (2) undergraduate winners and two (2) graduate winners. All four (4) articles will be published on one or both organizations’ websites. The four (4) winners will also have the opportunity to win the People’s Choice Award which goes to the student whose article attracts the most interest from social media (Facebook, Twitter).

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2016. For more information, visit moneymetals.com/scholarship or email [email protected].

Apply today!

SFL’s Local Coordinators in Mexico have been busy this week with plans for a demonstration in support of gay marriage. They’re hoping to bring a lot of folks out to the streets of Mexico City this Saturday, September 24th to advocate for a future in which all are #LibreParaAmar (free to love).

Sparked as a response to a series of marches opposing gay rights also planned for Saturday, here’s how SFL Mexico described the aims of this demonstration: 

14329935_1386125238068621_3937106951256373935_n“Freedom of expression is a broader aspect of the right to freedom that every man has: the right to carry out the actions that one considers appropriate, as long as they don’t infringe the rights of third parties.

Freedom of expression is necessary in order to convey ideas, to take them from the abstract level to the plane of the objective reality, translate them into action and communication to others for those who listen to these ideas and concepts can be a useful tool that will increase their knowledge of the reality.

However, in Students For Liberty Mexico we celebrate individuality and love regardless of sexual orientation and acknowledge the valuable and arduous struggle that the LGBT movement has led in favor of equality and freedom. That’s why, we too, work for a world where every individual is #libreparaamar and #libreparaser.”

You can check out the Facebook event here for more information or to get involved.

 

Anyone interested in spreading the ideas of liberty should take part in this great opportunity.

The Great Communicators Tournament is not only an excellent way to practice speaking about the ideas (and possibly win a lot of money) — it’s also a lot of fun! You can speak in favor of any free market or pro-liberty position so long as you make an emotionally compelling moral argument. L9C0103-112-e1473443616493

The first round is conducted online, with additional rounds at in-person events sponsored by Think Freely Media, the State Policy Network, and America’s Future Foundation. The final round will take place on October 26th at DC Improv. 

The 2016 Great Communicator will receive $10,000, 2nd place receives $5,000, and 3rd place will receive $2,500.

Think Freely Media asks that as you formulate your argument, you:

  • take the moral high ground
  • be hopeful and aspirational
  • address the issue of fairness or inequality
  • put the other side on the defense
  • communicate the value of freedom and increase the audience’s demand for it

Check out this page for more information and to register. And see the FAQ page here for any additional questions.

The first round of entries closes promptly at 11:59 pm EST on September 26, 2016. Make sure to submit your entry by then!

Apply Now