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Pro-Life Perspective: Working for Life– The NRLC Internship Program & The NRLC Academy

by | Feb 4, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

As a parent of four now grown children, I remember January and February as the months I encouraged my kids to look for summer opportunities to further their education and their pro-life convictions. If you have college-age children or know of young people investigating how to productively use their summers, go no further than National Right to Life.

Yesterday and today National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias provides background on the NRLC Internship Program and the NRLC Academy. They are different but equally invaluable.

Mrs. Tobias explains each. First, the internship

“Our summer internship program, typically lasting 8 weeks, selects approximately ten interns per year to join one of our 14 departments and become an integral part of day-to-day activities. In addition to the daily work, interns attend weekly seminars held by the leaders of the movement, educating and encouraging the next generation of activists. Our National Right to Life interns get one-on-one time to learn first-hand from leading experts in the movement, and learn the history of where our movement has come from, and how we’ve ended up where we are today. These seminars, beyond the invaluable pro-life education they provide, offer opportunities for the interns to get to know one another and make life-long friendships.”

Then there is the NRLC Academy.

“The Academy is an intensive six week course for students interested in taking their pro-life education to the next level. Burke Balch, the director of NRLC’s Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics, is also the Director of the Academy. He works to provide the students with an in-depth course, providing them with a curriculum that surveys virtually all conceivable subjects related to the pro-life movement. Each day, the students participate in a practicum, debating each other and NRLC staff members on key life issues. All involved agree that these daily sessions, which simulate real-world experiences, form the cohesive structure that ties the course together. Each practicum brings each student closer to being an effective activist for the unborn.”

As you would expect, the application process is rigorous. But the rewards are even greater.

For more information about the NRLC Internship Program, contact Jessica Rodgers at (202) 626-8833. To learn more about the NRLC Academy and apply, go to

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