Susan McCracken, Director of External Affairs in the Office of the Chancellor, wants all Appalachian students and parents to know that numerous opportunities are available for internships in Washington, DC. Earlier this semester, Dr. McCracken and Ms. Sharon Jensen, Associate Director of Appalachians Career Development Center attended a briefing about White House internships. Appalachian was among 38 schools from 12 states that participated in the event. The three schools invited from North Carolina were Appalachian, UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University.
This is a prestigious internship program, and President Obama wants to make the program more open, diverse and accessible. They want applicants who accurately represent U.S. college students and this nation, Jensen said. Participating schools included public and private, and four-year and two-year institutions.
The White House Internship Program asked each school to spread awareness of the program and to identify five current students or recent alumni to invite to apply. Three currently enrolled Appalachian students applied to serve as interns for summer 2012.
The deadline for fall 2012 is March 11, 2012. Information can be found at the White House internship information page.
Appalachian students and young alumni have served as interns in offices of almost all members of Congress. Dr. McCracken received a message just this week from a young alumnus working in Congressman Heath Shulers office asking if there were any students interesting in an immediate internship placement.
The University is fortunate to have housing available for enrolled students working as interns in Washington, DC. The Appalachian House located just minutes from the Capitol offers apartment living to selected students. For more information about the ASU in DC program, go to http://dc.appstate.edu. Students wishing to be considered for ASU in DC for fall 2012 need to complete an application by April 2nd.