Two Connecticut residents and five out-of-state students attending universities in the state are among scores of college students from across the nation who are spending the current semester as White House interns.
The Connecticut interns are Woodbridge resident Zachary Schreiber, a student at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, Westport resident Amy Vickery, a Princeton undergraduate. Those attending school in the state: are Wesleyan student Samantha Jacobson of Needham, MA, Yale undergraduates Gabriel Perlman of New York, Reid Magdanz of Alaska and Jon Morgan of South Africa, and Yale Law School student Giselle Barcia of Miami, FL, Business New Haven reported.
The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. The hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities.
The assignments given to an intern on any given day could include conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, writing memos, and staffing events. While the interns’ responsibilities and tasks vary by department, all interns are united through weekly events including a weekly speaker series with senior staff members and small group meetings exploring different policy aspects of the Executive Office of the President through speakers, discussion and off-site field trips. Most importantly, the internship experience includes an emphasis on service and interns participate in regularly scheduled service projects at schools and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C.
Selection as a White House Intern is based on the following criteria: a commitment to public service, demonstrated leadership in the community, and a commitment to the mission of the Obama Administration. The selection process is highly competitive. Applicants are encouraged to submit a thorough application that illustrates qualifications, character, and commitment to public service. A completed application includes two essay questions, two letters of recommendation, and a resume. The application for the Summer 2014 White House Internship Program is now open. The deadline is January 4, 2014.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years of age on or before the first day of the internship, and meet at least one of the following criteria:
Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution)
Graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution) no more than two years before the first day of the internship
A veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty, for any length of time, in the two years preceding the first day of the internship
Interns work in one of several White House departments, including the Domestic Policy Council, the National Economic Council, the Office of Cabinet Affairs, the Office of Chief of Staff, the Office of Communications, the Office of Digital Strategy, the Office of the First Lady, the Office of Legislative Affairs, the Office of Management and Administration, the Office of Presidential Correspondence, the Office of Presidential Personnel, the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Office of Scheduling and Advance, the Office of the Vice President, the Office of the White House Counsel, and the Office of White House Fellows.
Photo: Amy Vickery