INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY
Please complete all aspects of
this application thoroughly and honestly. Providing the information requested
is voluntary. However, failure to provide complete answers to all questions
contained in the application may affect the review and consideration of your
Your Social Security number is needed to keep accurate
records, due to the fact that people may have the same name and birth date.
Executive Order 9397 also asks Federal agencies to use this number to help
identify individuals in agency records.
Your application must include all of the following in order
to be considered:
- Application cover
- Current resume
- One page statement of intent describing why you want to be
a White House Intern
- Answers to each of the following questions in 150 words or
- Describe a formative experience in your life.
- What is one of your greatest accomplishments?
- Writing sample (The topic should relate to your major,
personal history, or current events, and be 500 words or less. A paper excerpt
with the thesis clearly stated is acceptable).
- Two letters of recommendation
- An unofficial transcript
All requested materials must be submitted together in
All requested materials should be submitted directly to
the White House Intern Office.
Send one original and one copy of everything except sealed
The application should be collated together once with a staple
or clip. No internal staples.
Please keep a photocopy of your completed application for your
files. We will not be able to return any of the materials we receive.
Failure to meet any of the above mentioned requirements will
result in a delay in the review or disqualification of your application.
SESSION DATES AND APPLICATION DEADLINES
Summer 2000 Session
May 17 - August 25, 2000
Decision Deadline Application Deadline: February 15, 2000
Fall 2000 Session
September 4 - December 22, 2000
Decision Deadline Application Deadline: June 23, 2000
For the fall and spring sessions, the application
deadlines represent the date by which applications must be postmarked, in order
to be considered for early notification. Applications received after the
deadline will be considered and accepted on a rolling basis. For the summer
session(s), the deadline represents the date by which applications must be
postmarked in order to be considered. Applications postmarked after the
deadline for the summer session(s) will not be considered. Please do not call
the White House Intern Office to inquire about the status of your application
(except to confirm that your application has been received). Notification of
the status of your application will be mailed to you.
White House Internship Program
Washington, DC 20502
Fax (202) 456-5123
In order to be eligible to apply you
must meet the following requirements:
- be 18 years of age or older at the time at which you submit
- be a U.S. citizen
- submit a completed application
White House Interns are unpaid volunteers.
Some students may need assistance to finance their expenses (e.g., housing,
transportation, board) during the period of their internship in Washington,
D.C. If you are considering applying to a foundation or not-for-profit
organization for a grant or stipend, you should review the requirements of the
foundation organization before completing the White House Internship
The bylaws of some foundations and not-for-profit
organizations do not permit them to give grants or stipends to aid persons who
are, or potentially might, engage in partisan activities. If you will be
applying for financial aid for this internship from a foundation or
not-for-profit organization that is precluded from providing stipends to
individuals who may engage in partisan activities, check the box in the lower
left corner of the application page.
If you would like to pursue the
internship for credit, accreditation is at the discretion of your college or
university. The White House Internship Program will assist you in providing
appropriate information as requested by your college or university.
Arrangements for accreditation by your university should be made before you
begin the internship.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND DRUG TESTING
If you are
selected as a White House Intern, you will be asked to complete paperwork as
part of a standard security investigation, in order to determine access
privileges to the Executive Office of the President complex. The paperwork
requires that you provide extensive personal information about you and your
family. It is important that you be truthful and comprehensive in answering
such questions. Applicants selected for intern positions may also be required
to submit to urinalysis, in order to screen and confirm no illegal drug use. A
negative drug test result is required for appointment.
More than 30 offices within the
White House Office, Office of the Vice President, and Office of Policy
Development participate in the White House Internship Program. Please see the
enclosed list of the participating offices for further information on the
nature and variety of offices available through the program. In addition,
please note the request for placement information on the application. We
suggest you list four options in order of preference. Efforts will be made to
accommodate your preferences in regards to office placement; however, no
guarantees can be made about your placement. Placement will be announced during
orientation on the first day of your internship.
INTERN SELECTION CRITERIA
- Demonstrated commitment to community service
- Leadership potential
- Academic progress or accomplishment
- Accomplishments in extracurricular activities
- Writing ability
- Ability to pass an appropriate background investigation to
determine access privileges to the Executive Office of the President complex
No other factors will be taken into consideration in
selecting interns under these criteria.