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A Great Job in Washington
Want to have the best year of your life?
Want to try for one of the best jobs in the world? Want to be in Washington at one of the most exciting times ever? Then learn more about the White House Fellowships, one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.
Each year about 11 to 19 people in the early stages of their career are chosen as White House Fellows. They spend a year in Washington working full-time as paid assistants to senior White House staff, the Vice President and other top-ranking officials in the Executive Branch of the government. They also have an education program which gives them the chance to meet and hear from leaders in the administration, Congress, the media and the business world. Add to that the fact they go on several interesting domestic and foreign trips. Plus they earn about $100,000. Yes, it is a great job.
The White House Fellowship program was started during the administration of Lyndon Johnson. Many outstanding Americans have been Fellows, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, author Doris Kearns Goodwin, and CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Recent classes have included men and women who serve in the military as well as doctors, lawyers, educators, and those with a background in non-profit organizations as well as finance and media. Colin Powell has said about the program, “What I learned about government as a White House Fellow was the key to the opportunities that came my way.”
Successful applicants have a strong educational background, have already demonstrated leadership in their careers and have a commitment to public service. Other important qualities – an ability to work well with others and a positive attitude. Not surprising for such a great job, the selection process is very competitive. Hundreds apply and they are winnowed down through regional panels to thirty finalists. The finalists spend a selection weekend with the members of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Then the Commission recommends those individuals it finds most qualified for the fellowship to the President for appointment as White House Fellows.
You can find out more about the program and how to apply at whitehouse.gov/fellows/. Almost every Fellow says that their year in Washington was amazing and the experiences they had and the friends they made were important to them for the rest of their lives.