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White House Internships for 2012

Posted on November 24, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – Do you want to work in the White House next summer? The White House is now accepting applications for internships for the summer of 2012.

These are non-paying internships but provide valuable and unforgettable experience. The summer program runs from May 29, 2012 through August 10, 2012, and the application deadline is January 22, 2012.

The White House Internship Program's mission is to make the "People's House" accessible to future leaders all around the nation and cultivate and prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities.

White House Interns work in one of 16 White House departments where they conduct research, manage incoming inquiries, attend meetings, write memos and staff events. Some of the offices where they work include the Office of the First Lady, the Office of Scheduling and Advance, the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Office of the White House Counsel, the National Economic Council, the Office of Communications, the Domestic Policy Council and the Office of Digital Strategy.

In addition to their regular duties, each week, White House Interns hear from senior members of the Administration including the First Lady, the Chief of Staff and the White House Counsel. They meet in small groups to discuss policy issues and take off-site field trips to learn more about Washington, D.C. They participate in service projects at non-profits and schools. Not to mention, they spend three months alongside other Interns who are devoted to public service and with whom they build long-lasting friendships.

Qualifications

You must be a U.S. citizen and over 18 years old when the internship begins.

Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution) or must have graduated in the past two years from undergraduate or graduate school

OR A veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty anytime over the past two years

Selection as a White House Intern is based on the following criteria:

  • A commitment to public service
  • Demonstrated leadership in the community
  • A commitment to the mission of the Obama Administration

The application deadline is January 22, 2012 for the summer program and can be found here.

A completed application includes two essay questions, two letters of recommendation, and a resume.

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