Looking for the opportunity of a lifetime this summer? Apply to be a White House intern – applications due January 9

As part of their committment to provide young leaders from across the nation with an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and gain exposure to the public service sector, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama created the White House Internship Program.

The administration recently announced that applications for the program, which will run in Summer 2011, are available now.

The White House Internship program was developed to provide hands-on experience and cultivate leadership and public service sector skills in young Americans.

In a 2007 campaign speech, Obama said, “[At] each and every juncture of our history, somebody has been audacious enough to say, ‘We could do better.’ . . . And more often than not, it’s young people who’ve done it.”

President Obama noted that he believes in the capacity of young people to move America forward and is committed to providing young leaders from across the nation an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and fostering a continued commitment to public service through the program.

President Obama addresses the 2009 class of interns

Those selected to participate in the program will come from across the country and spend their days serving the needs of the White House. Interns will participate in tasks ranging from conducting research, managing inquiries, attending meetings, and writing memos.

Individual interns are each assigned unique projects and tasks, but the class of interns will be united through weekly events and by organizes a group community service project.

White House Interns participate in a community service project:

Interns will also come together for a speaker series with senior staff members and participate in off-site field trips around the capitol city. In addition, during the summer a few interns are chosen as mentors for the D.C. Scholars program, which is a newly constructed program for public and charter high school students in the District of Columbia committed to public service and learning more about the White House.

Applications for the Summer 2011 program will be accepted through January 9.

Applicants must be 18 years on or before the first day of the intership and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at a college, community college or university, or have graduated in the past two years from an undergraduate or graduate program.

Veterans of the United States Armed Forces who possess a high school diploma or equivalent and have served on active duty at any time over the past two years are also eligible to apply.

More information about the program is available here.

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