Members of Heritage’s Young Leaders 2018 summer internship class moved last week into the think tank’s newest addition to its Washington, D.C., campus—the E.W. Richardson Building.
The building—named after World War II hero, businessman, and philanthropist E.W. Richardson—will provide state-of-the-art housing for the nearly 200 interns who take part in Heritage’s highly competitive internship program every year.
It will also provide short-term housing for visiting fellows and researchers—and, at street level, restaurants for the neighborhood.
“The new building exceeded my expectations, with all of the new amenities,” said Arielle Jenkins, an intern with the Young Leaders program. “Mr. Richardson has done many wonderful things, and I am grateful for his generous spirit that will help me further pursue my dreams.”
The Daily Signal, the multimedia news organization of The Heritage Foundation, reported on the opening of the building, as well as on Richardson’s powerful life story.
“This is an investment in the future of our nation. It is an investment ensuring that not only ourselves, but our children and our children’s children, remain free,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said at the building’s dedication event on May 16.
“[Richardson] is an American success story, and he’s one that every single American should know,” Heritage President Kay Coles James said at the dedication. “Now, we have the privilege of sharing his story every year with nearly 200 conservatives as they live in the building that bears his name.”