On Tuesday, December 18th, staff from Career Advancement traveled to Washington, D.C. to learn firsthand about the White House internship Program. During their visit, they met with the White House's Internship Program Director, Christian Peele, and learned details about the program and about the application process. They also met with past and present White House interns and learned about their internship experiences and what a day in the life of a White House intern entails.
The insights gained during this experience will help Career Advancement plan and implement effective student preparation strategies in order to increase the number of UChicago undergraduate and graduate students placed into internship positions with the White House. Through this amazing opportunity, Career Advancement's partnership with the Institute of Politics grew. This collaboration has also led to joint programming initiatives with the Institute and UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service program to offer White House internship program information sessions and application preparation workshops.
Applying to the White House Internship Program can be intimidating at first for eligible applicants. It was interesting and exciting to discuss the role the University of Chicago can play to alleviate these challenges and stereotypes which starts by educating eligible applicants about the overall program and mentoring them through the application process. Securing an internship at the White House is an attainable goal for UChicago students with a passion for public service!” -staff member of the Career Advancement Employer Relations team.