While most WVU students were attending classes during the Spring 2019 semester, Mr. Jeevan Murthy was walking the halls of the White House. The West Virginia University School of Public Health junior from Charleston, WV, joined a group of other young leaders from across the United States to participate in the highly competitive White House Internship Program.
“I knew that I wanted to do an internship in DC, so I did my research,” said Mr. Murthy. “Ever since the 2016 election cycle, I have been very interested in politics and the political process. Even though my goal is to become a physician, I want to eventually run for public office, and I wanted to gain experience in the public sector.”
The nonpartisan public service leadership program allows participants to gain valuable experience and build leadership skills through hands-on opportunities. Interns attend weekly events together, but their day-to-day responsibilities vary based on their appointment. Opportunities exist in more than 20 departments, including the Domestic Policy Council, White House Visitors Office, Office of White House Communications and Office of Political Affairs.
Mr. Murthy’s appointment in the Office of Presidential Correspondence included projects such as data entry, mail analysis and citizen interaction via the White House Comment Line. Through his assignments, he gained a new perspective on issues from the citizens’ stories. Mr. Murthy says he will be able to apply that knowledge in the classroom.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on July 19