In 1792 while still in its infancy as a nation, the United States began building the official residence of its leaders. Construction of the White House was overseen by President Washington himself, though he never lived there. The White House has been home to presidents and their families ever since, and serves as the president’s office. The house has had a searing past: the British tried to burn it to the ground in 1814, and a fire in the West Wing in 1929 did some serious damage. Today, it holds 23 offices, including press secretary, political affairs, cabinet affairs, public liaison and presidential correspondence.
Interns work in any of the 23 offices at the White House. Some duties may include assisting White House staff with administrative tasks. Although the hours can be long and the workload heavy, this internship provides perks like no other. Interns get to meet the president, attend various White House functions and are invited to hear various prominent speakers, including members of the current administration and leading members of Congress.
Open to college students, grad students and recent college graduates (within two years of graduation). Graduating high school seniors who are enrolled in an undergraduate program may apply for the internship session immediately following their graduation. Interns must be at least 18 years of age and U.S. citizens.
The White House Internship Program
White House, The
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20502
Phone: (202) 456-1414
Number of Interns: 51 to 100
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students