By Kevin Lo, OSTP Deputy Chief of Staff
In June, the Biden-Harris Administration announced that, for the first time in history, all White House interns would be paid.
This summer, five interns joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to help our efforts to maximize the benefits of science and technology to advance health, prosperity, security, environmental quality, and justice for all Americans.
The summer cohort, Miguel Ortiz Burgos, Krista Flinkstrom, Tenzin Lodoe, Chinwe Obudulu, and Sonia Wang, supported many of OSTP’s priority projects, including the Cancer Moonshot, pandemic preparedness, restoring trust and integrity in science, incorporating the value of nature into economic decision-making, and much more.
We’re so grateful for the summer cohort’s work, and we’re excited to welcome our fall interns this month. If you’re interested in an OSTP internship in spring or summer 2023, be sure to check back for more information on how to apply at www.wh.gov/ostp/internship!
Read below to learn a little more about OSTP’s Summer 2022 interns:
Miguel Ortiz Burgos
Miguel Ortiz Burgos is from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He completed his undergraduate studies at Stetson University, received his master’s degree from the University of Central Florida, and is a rising third-year law student at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Since completing the OSTP internship, Miguel has returned to finish law school and hopes to return to a role with the federal government.
Krista Flinkstrom is from Stow, Massachusetts and is a recent graduate of the United States Military Academy. She comes from a family of service, as her mother teaches preschool and her father did Army ROTC and served four years in Germany. Krista also has a younger brother who is enlisted in the Navy on the USS Tripoli. After the OSTP internship, Krista will be attending Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Tenzin Lodoe is from Vienna, Virginia and a child of Tibetan refugees. He is a first-generation college student, proud recent graduate of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), and this fall, Tenzin will be transferring to the University of Virginia.
Chinwe Obudulu is from Pearland, Texas, and a child of Nigerian immigrants. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and her graduate studies at University of Texas Medical Branch and University of Maryland. Since completing the OSTP internship, Chinwe has joined the Department of Agriculture as a Nutritionist with the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
Sonia Wang is from Chantilly, Virginia, and a child of Chinese immigrants. Sonia did her undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia and received her master’s degree from Yale University. Since completing the OSTP internship, Sonia has rejoined as a research fellow with the Urban Ocean Lab, working on ocean and coastal policy solutions.