WHITE HOUSE intern pens blog about working under Trump


The White House is running a summer internship program for young adults. As part of the program, the interns are invited to write a blog post about their experiences working in the White House under the Trump administration.

We’ve been covering the series of blogs posted on the White House website. Based on the feedback we’ve received from our readers, having the interns write about their experiences is a great idea.

One of our readers, Linda, put it best: “Some days I [am] so depressed after reading about all the bad news taking place in our country and from around the world.  It leaves me with little hope for the future. However, when I read the letters written by the White House interns, I am reminded of how beautiful Washington DC can be when bright young minds believe in the stars and stripes. Please continue to post the letters here on DML.”

We agree with Linda.

Below is a blog post from Aug. 2 which was published to the White House website. The post is written by a young man named Ricky Harris. He is from West Harrison, New York.

Intern Series: Running Washington D.C.

AUGUST 2, 2017 AT 2:00 PM ET

After a long and exciting day of interning at the White House, instead of just going home and relaxing, I usually find myself running about 8 miles through Washington D.C., despite the hot and sticky humidity. In addition to having the great honor to be part of President Donald J. Trump’s inaugural class of White House Interns, I also have the privilege of competing as an NCAA Cross Country athlete, which like interning in the White House, requires a very high level of energy and dedication. Each day at the White House is like running a race with one goal in mind: Make America Great Again.

As a runner, my success is determined by my effort and dedication, and I bring this same mentality to the White House each and every day. I have met so many incredible people who share my same love for this country and desire to serve the American people. The level of energy is amazing. Everyone who I have encountered while working here, from my fellow interns to White House staff, shows up to work every day appreciative of the tremendous opportunity we have and ready to work as hard and efficiently as possible.

Even after interning in the Office of Digital Strategy for two months, simply walking into the building every day knowing that I have an opportunity to communicate messages directly to the American people is an experience like no other. I will be forever grateful for what I have learned during my time here. Everywhere I go from now on, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to my home trails in Westchester, I will continue to move forward stride by stride with high energy and a winning attitude.

Ricky Harris is from West Harrison, New York and is a Sophomore studying Computer Science at Pace University. Ricky is a member of the Summer 2017 White House Internship Program in the Office of Digital Strategy.

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