Okay, the second part of that statement is from me personally. But I think it would be fantastic to see a White House intern with a disability. The White House Internship Program’s summer 2011 application has been posted. This really is a Public Service Leadership Program and an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. I would challenge Day in Washington readers and listeners to apply and to pass this announcement on to others, and encourage young people with disabilities to apply.
“This program will mentor and cultivate young leaders of today and tomorrow and I’m proud that they will have this opportunity to serve…I want to commend all who apply for their desire to help through public service to forge a brighter future for our country.”
—President Barack Obama, May 22, 2009
– The deadline to apply is January 9, 2011.
– The summer White House internship is full-time (aprox. 9am to 6pm Mon. thru Fri.) and unpaid.
– The term runs from May 31, 2011 to August 12, 2011.
– You must be a United States citizen, at least 18 years old and:
+ currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college or university OR graduated in the past two years from
undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college or university
+ a veteran of the United States Armed Forces with a high school diploma or GED and has served on active duty in the last two years.
– A completed application packet includes two essays (300-500 words), a 1-page resume and 3 letters of recommendation.
You can find out more about the White House Internship Program on the WhiteHouse.gov website. I also couldn’t help but include the video below of interns from a variety of offices in the White House talking about their experiences. Take a look and then tell young people with disabilities that you know about this great opportunity.