Riju Agrawal, a 2009 graduate of Travis High School and former G/T Mentorship student, is among nearly 150 young leaders across the nation to be selected as a participant in the 2011 White House Summer Internship Program. He is currently a sophomore at Harvard University.
The program’s mission is to make the White House accessible to future leaders all around the nation and cultivate and prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities. To be selected, participants must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college or university or graduated in the past two years from an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college or university. Participants can also be a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces who have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent and has served in active duty over the past two years.
The select group of interns dedicates its time, talents, energy and service to better the White House, the community and the nation. Interns work in several White House departments.including the Office of Presidential Correspondence, the Office of Cabinet Affairs, the Office of Chief of Staff, the Office of Legislative Affairs, and more. Their assignments may include conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings and writing memos. Each week, interns come together for a speaker series with senior White House staff members and participate in off-site fieldtrips around the Washington, D.C. area.