D.C. Scholars Program
The D.C. Scholars Program is a unique program for public and charter high school students in the District of Columbia committed to public service and learning more about the White House. D.C. Scholars participate in a hands-on experience within the federal government, attend a weekly speaker series with senior staff members, interact with college-aged White House Interns, are paired with a mentor and participate in summer service projects in Washington, D.C.
The D.C. Scholars Program is an unpaid, part-time internship opportunity. Applicants are encouraged to contact educational, municipal and other non-profit organizations to apply for funding. Any funding must be pre-approved by White House Counsel.
All D.C. Scholars must be:
- United States citizens
- At least 17 years of age on or before the first day of the program
- High school graduates having graduated from a public or charter D.C. high school the spring before the start of the D.C. Scholars Program
A completed D.C. Scholars application includes:
- Two Essays (500 word maximum)
- High School Transcript
- Two Letters of Recommendation
"Working in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs gives me the opportunity to serve in the office that functions as the link between the White House and local and state governments. Working in this department, I have the opportunity to work with and for some very exciting and notable staff."
— Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs D.C. Scholar
"As a D.C. Scholar, I have an amazing opportunity to intern in the White House Photo Office. I get a chance to help sort and edit historical photographs and snapshots during President Obama's Administration. This opportunity is one that I will never forget because I finally feel as if I can help others by using my talent."
— Office of Management and Administration D.C. Scholar
"Working in the Office of Correspondence as a D.C. Scholar has been an eye-opening experience. Every day I learn more about the views and problems facing Americans through mail sent to the President. It has been really interesting to be part of this new administration’s dedication to listening and responding to the American people."
— Office of Presidential Correspondence D.C. Scholar