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Exceeding My Expectations: The White House Internship Program

Current students, recent graduates and young professionals are encouraged to think about spending the semester learning and growing someplace new – 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Ed. note: The application for the Fall 2012 White House Internship Program is now open. This blog post introduces readers to Nicole Pasteur, a former intern who worked in the Office of Presidential Correspondence in the fall of 2011. When asked about her internship experience, Nicole writes:

As one navigates the White House website, the “Contact Us” button never leaves the upper right-hand corner of the screen. The button encourages and invites Americans to e-mail, write, and call the White House in an effort to create “the most open and accessible administration in American history.” The White House seeks to cultivate a relationship with the American public by maintaining open lines of communication.

Similarly, ten letters addressed to the President are delivered to the Oval Office each day, serving as President Obama’s “lifeline” and providing a snapshot of the issues that matter most to Americans. These ten letters are selected from the thousands of letters, emails and faxes the President receives every week.

My experience as an intern in the Office of Presidential Correspondence was indescribable. Each day, I had the privilege of serving the President alongside a diverse group of dedicated and brilliant individuals.

The work I completed as a White House Intern in my office and alongside my fellow interns transformed my perspective of the accessibility of the American presidency. I developed patience, listening skills, and a greater ability to empathize, admire, mourn, and respect. Within an ever-changing political sphere, this experience rekindled my faith in the concept of wholesome democracy and the spirit of the people. I encourage all those interested to apply for the White House Internship Program today.

President Obama Fist Bumps Make-a-Wish Child Diego Diaz

President Barack Obama fist-bumps Make-a-Wish child Diego Diaz after reading a letter he wrote, during his visit in the Oval Office June 23, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


The White House Internship Program’s mission is to make the “People’s House” accessible to future leaders from around the nation. Consider applying for this program today.