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White House Internship: Being a Part of Something Bigger than Myself

Alana Mounce, a former intern in the Office of Legislative Affairs, describes her experience in the White House internship program and encourages others to apply.

A White House Internship is an opportunity to serve your country, learn valuable skills to make a difference in your community, and be part of something bigger than yourself. After all, President Obama once said, “…it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”

During my internship I witnessed the passage of the Affordable Care Act. This historic piece of legislation made a difference in the lives of everyday Americans to make health care more affordable and available. As an uninsured 22 year-old, the Affordable Care Act impacted me directly. Now I and other young people can be covered under our parent’s health insurance.

Health care vote reaction

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff, react in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill, March 21, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Late in the evening of March 21, 2010, I watched the passage of the Affordable Care Act in the House gallery. As then-Speaker Pelosi announced, “The bill is passed,” I knew that I had been witness to something larger than myself. That night and in the days that followed at the White House, I learned that a life in public service makes a practical difference in the lives of all Americans.

Interning at the White House is not just a prestigious experience to add to your resume, but is an experience of a lifetime. You work hard, but every minute you work is valuable and worthwhile. Every day is different and incredible. The staff in your office and your fellow interns will amaze you. The White House is a timeless institution and serving under our President as an intern was an honor. I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to apply.

Alana Mounce is a former intern in the Office of Legislative Affairs from Spring, 2010.