Deadline: September 7, 2014
Application for the Spring 2015 White House Internship Program is now open. The White House Internship Program is a public service leadership program that provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities.
The White House Internship Program’s mission is to make the “People’s House” accessible to future leaders from around the nation.
This select group of young men and women from across the country dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to better the White House, the community, and the nation. They become a part of the White House team. The assignments could include conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, writing memos, and staffing events.
While the interns’ responsibilities and tasks vary by department, all interns are united through weekly events including a weekly speaker series with senior staff members and small group meetings exploring different policy aspects of the Executive Office of the President through speakers, discussion and off-site field trips. Most importantly, the internship experience includes an emphasis on service and interns participate in regularly scheduled service projects at schools and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C.
All White House Interns are expected to intern full-time for the entire term of the program.
- The White House Internship Program is an unpaid program
- Interns will be expected to work from approximately 9:00 AM-6:00 PM, Monday-Friday
- Hours may vary by office
- Please see Internship Timeline and FAQs for questions regarding the definition of “full-time”
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years of age on or before the first day of the internship, and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution)
- Graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution) no more than two years before the first day of the internship
- 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 first day of the internship
Selection as a White House Intern is based on the following criteria:
- A commitment to public service
- Demonstrated leadership in the community
- A commitment to the mission of the Obama Administration
The selection process is highly competitive. Applicants are encouraged to submit a thorough application that illustrates qualifications, character, and commitment to public service. A completed application includes two essay questions, two letters of recommendation, and a resume.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions carefully before applying.
For more information and to apply, visit White House Internship.