Ed. note: The application for the Summer 2012 White House Internship Program is now open. This blog post introduces readers to Aisha Hasan, a former intern who worked in the Office of the Vice President in the spring of 2011. When asked about her internship experience, Aisha writes:
“If someone had told me prior to the spring of 2011 that I would someday intern at the White House, or that I would have the honor of hearing the President, the Vice President, the First Lady, and other senior members of the Obama Administration speak, I would have quickly dismissed the thought as being beyond my wildest dreams.
But, once I received notice that I had been accepted into the White House Internship Program, I knew that I was about to begin the most transformational journey of my life.
The four and a half months that I spent interning in the Vice President’s Domestic Policy Office at the White House were, undoubtedly, the best months of my life. I woke up every morning with a vibrant smile on my face, excited for what that day would bring. The days passed quickly as I simultaneously assisted with conducting research, writing memos, staffing events, managing public inquiries, and attending meetings in a fast-paced environment. Friday evenings brought a yearning for Monday mornings when I would return to those majestic halls to observe and assist with important work for our country.
From watching Marine One land on the South Lawn, to having thought-provoking conversations with White House senior advisors, there was never a dull moment. Every day at the White House was a unique gift filled with diverse events and exceptional learning opportunities. From working on issues such as the Vice President’s initiative on ending violence against women, to tutoring students through a community service project at a local high school, as an intern, I gained a plethora of invaluable skills and made friendships that will last forever.
The knowledge, confidence, and exposure that I gained from this internship have given me the ability to execute any task in an effective manner. Even now, my White House internship experience continues to propel me in my work and studies. If you are interested in positively changing the world and you are yearning for an experience that will deepen your understanding of public service, do not wait another second – the time is now – apply for the Summer 2012 White House Internship Program.”
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.