One of my favorite experiences during my time in the White House Internship Program was the opening day of Tech Week, a week dedicated to finding the best way to implement new and emerging technologies with existing government systems. As an avid technology user and a computer science major, technology plays a significant role in my life. I start off each morning reading about the progress of top technology companies and what their respective CEOs’ opinions are on certain topics. When I started my internship in the Office of Digital Strategy, I never thought that I would be standing among these same CEOs I read about, or that I would be able to hear their thoughts on prominent issues facing America in person.
On Tech Week opening day, I walked in to the office expecting it to be like every other day. Much to my surprise, the first thing we were told was that there would be a lot of technology events we would have to cover. My assignment was to take notes on the opening remarks given by Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner. While this may not sound amazing to a non-technology focused person, I was on cloud nine. I was standing in a room with the top CEOs of the technology sector, hearing how technology could play a vital role in America’s future. If my day had ended there, I would have been happy. But, to top the day off, I was tasked with taking notes at one of the working sessions on cybersecurity, which is my specific area of study. The session was held in a small room, and the heads of the biggest names in technology sat around a table discussing what cybersecurity should look like in the United States Government. Hearing what everyone had to say was surreal, and it is an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Mitchell Resnick is from Princeton, New Jersey, and is a junior studying computer science at Rutgers University. Mitchell is a member of the Summer 2017 White House Internship Program in the Office of Digital Strategy.