Serving as Communications Director for Heritage Action for America, Dan Holler spends his working days promoting Heritage policy recommendations, analyzing legislation, pitching news stories, and dissecting congressional news coverage. He is also a constant presence on conservative talk radio show around the country.
But he got his start in politics as a political science major at Washington College, where he was active in the College Republicans. He also played a crucial role in establishing the college’s chapter of the Maryland Student Legislature, which is a statewide simulation of the legislative process in Maryland.
While a student at WC, Dan took advantage of several internship opportunities. He interned with the Maryland Governor’s Summer Internship Program, writing a policy paper for then-Governor Ehrlich on the budget deficit and legalized slots. He also served as a legislative intern with the Maryland General Assembly as part of the department’s formal internship program, which often brings political science students to Annapolis during the annual legislative session each spring, which takes place from January to April. As Dan says, “Internships are particularly valuable when searching for a post-college job and WAC provided numerous opportunities to find and participate in those internships.” It was an internship that Dan completed with the Heritage Foundation right after graduation that led to his current position.
Dan praises the “intimate environment” provided by Washington College and notes that “classroom debate was frequent and always welcomed—one of the benefits of small classes.” He liked that political science professors frequently tied the subject matter into current events, allowing students to apply the lessons to the current political environment. “More so than any other department,” he says, “the Political Science department challenged me (and those around me) not only to achieve a high level of academic success, but also in my political beliefs and personal ambitions.”