The summertime White House Internship Program under President Donald J. Trump is coming to an end next week, and one can only imagine how exciting it must have been to be interning under the one businessman who built his television career on selecting the ultimate candidate to serve as his “apprentice.”
According to the White House, this summer’s interns had a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills in a prestigious hands-on program designed to mentor and cultivate young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office, and prepare them for future public service opportunities.
The president, first lady, and White House staff all got involved with their interns, young men and women who were selected from across the country to become part of the White House team.
Interns took on a variety of assignments, from conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings and writing memos, to bigger tasks, such as staffing events.
Interns’ responsibilities and tasks vary by department, but they all attend weekly events, which include an educational speaker series and small group meetings set up to teach them about different policy aspects within the Executive Office of the President. “Most importantly, the internship experience emphasizes community, and interns participate in service projects at schools and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C.,” according to the White House.
White House Interns are chosen based on the following criteria:
- A commitment to public service
- Demonstrated leadership in the community
- A commitment to the mission of the Trump administration
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, must be 18 years of age, and must meet at least one of the following criteria to apply:
- Are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four-year institution).
- Have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four-year institution) no more than two years before the internship program start date.
- Are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty–for any length of time–in the two years preceding the internship program start date.
The White House Internship Program’s mission is to make the “People’s House” accessible to future leaders from around the nation. White House Internships are available within 19 different presidential departments.
If you want to know what it’s like to be an intern at President Trump’s White House, simply visit www.whitehouse.gov. There, President Trump’s interns have been chronicling their experiences.
Trump’s summer crop of interns is being criticized on social media after photos of the large group seemed to lack enough “diversity” for those people who value skin color over all else. However, Thursday’s intern series author, Lucas B. Drill of La Cañada Flintridge, California, is a first-generation American. Just saying…
Read Drill’s account of what it’s like to intern at the White House below:
Intern Series: United We Stand – One Dream, One People, One Nation
The other day I came across a photograph of myself when I was 12 years old, standing outside the White House gates on my first visit to Washington, D.C. It was the 4th of July, and I vividly recall dreaming of what it would be like to serve our great Nation from within. This year, I gazed at the glorious sky as it blazed with fireworks in celebration of America’s independence while proudly standing on the South Lawn, where the rain miraculously cleared and President Donald J. Trump made his inspiring remarks to the men and women of our military. The once impassable iron fence surrounding the White House is no longer the barrier it once seemed, and it serves as a reminder that anything is possible in America.
Our President, Donald J. Trump, dreams of making America great again. This dream is not his alone, for it echoes the same unquenchable yearning that exists in all Americans’ hearts and minds. From within the White House gates, this summer I have had the unique opportunity to foster that special dream by interning with the Office of Cabinet Affairs, which tirelessly strives to ensure that the Executive Branch of our government is coordinated in its efforts to serve the American people. By liaising daily with President Trump’s Cabinet members and their staff, the Office of Cabinet Affairs ably synthesizes the agenda of each department and, when necessary, advises the departments on how best to carry out the President’s mission. The Office of Cabinet Affairs also organizes events to showcase the collaborative efforts of the President and his Cabinet, highlighting their extraordinary achievements for the American people. During Infrastructure Week, for example, I was privileged to attend the Department of Transportation event, at which Secretary Elaine Chao and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke joined President Trump in announcing new plans to decrease bureaucracy, thereby increasing the efficiency and progress of infrastructure projects.
Whether you are a first-generation American like I am, whose parents came to this country in search of a better future for their children; or whether your family has been here for generations, we all share in the dream of making America great again. As a Summer 2017 Intern in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs, I know that anything is possible and there are no barriers to realizing our collective dream when, like our President and his Cabinet, we work collaboratively and stand united as one people and one Nation.
Lucas B. Drill is from La Cañada Flintridge, California. He is a rising junior in the Joint Program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, in which he is simultaneously pursuing Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Jewish History. Lucas is a member of the Summer 2017 White House Internship Program in the Office of Cabinet Affairs.