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White House Launches D.C. Summer Internships

The Obama Administration, continuing to build bridges to District schools, today announced what is believed to be the first White House internship program intended specifically for D.C. students. The D.C. Scholars Program will place students in part-time, unpaid positions in White House offices and departments this summer.

"When I was running for President, I pledged to open up the White House to the American people in new ways and Michelle has made a particular effort to reach out to the Washington D.C. community," Obama said in a statement. "Now, for the first time, there will be a special place for D.C. students to learn about public service at the White House, while furthering their educational goals."

The First Lady recently visited Anacostia High School and enlisted fifth graders from Bancroft Elementary to break ground for a White House fruit and vegetable garden. She is scheduled to deliver the commencement address at Washington Mathematics Science & Technology Public Charter School on June 3.

Applicants must be 18 years old by June 22. They'll need two letters of recommendation and must write two 300-to-500 word essays: one describing a time when they asserted leadership in a community or civic activity and what they learned from it; the other a letter to the President or the First Lady on a topic of their choice.

Applications are due April 30. For details and forms go to www.whitehouse.gov/about/Internships.

By Bill Turque  |  March 30, 2009; 5:46 PM ET
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education , Obama  
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