I was an intern at the White House!

  1. Surprise!
  2. This summer, I interned for President Obama at the White House
  3. I worked in the Office of Presidential Correspondence, where I was lucky enough to read the stories of the American people all day every day
  4. At the White House, interns are real people and their work matters.
    I was fully expecting to be in a back room getting coffee for people and pulling staples, but instead I was treated as an integral part of the White House's daily functioning. I felt like I mattered, and I knew that my work was important.
  5. My job was to read the letters of people asking the President for help, and get them the help they needed through a federal agency
    I didn't even know that we did this, but we do! It just goes to show that this Administration is really listening and really truly goes out of their way to help the American people
  6. My job was really hard
    Imagine a line of people 9 hours long, each walking up to you and telling you their most heartbreaking story. This was my day at work.
  7. I learned how to modify my empathy so that I wasn't emotionally depleted by 6 PM every day.
    I learned how to empathize without losing myself in another person's narrative. I learned how to feel frustration without wanting to have an angry rant on behalf of a stranger I had never met. Our office regularly met with a psychologist to make sure we were handling everything as healthily as possible, because it really was an emotionally intense environment.
  8. I loved all the interns so much!
    This is the group of interns in my little tiny department within the massive Correspondence Operation. We leaned on each other and got each other through this wonderful crazy difficult fascinating unbelievable summer. Natalie, Ben, and Morsal became my family, and we all still talk every day.
  9. We had amazing access to incredible, inspirational people
    Without delving into specifics, I was lucky enough to talk to people who are the epitome of graceful leadership and genuine public servants. I was given the blueprints to the type of leader I hope to be one day, and I will never ever take those interactions for granted
  10. I still can't believe it happened
  11. I still can't believe I had access to the stories of people I would otherwise have never met, whose lives and experiences are unfathomably different from my own, and also then be able to get those people important and oftentimes lifesaving help.
  12. I still can't believe I got to be a small part of a Presidency that will go down in history as one of the greatest ever
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  14. Every day this summer I learned more about myself, about how far we've come, and about how much further we need to go.
  15. But I'm ready for the journey. And I hope you are too.