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HRC Fall Interns Tour White House, Attend Policy Briefing

This post comes from Matt Aycock, HRC’s Youth & Campus Outreach Intern:

This past Tuesday, HRC’s fall interns were invited by the Obama administration’s Office of Public Engagement for a private tour of the White House.  The group visited the State Dining Room and the East Room - where just hours later the President held a press conference.  The interns also attended a briefing in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building where senior White House officials discussed such relevant Obama administration initiatives as the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Affordable Care Act’s provisions expanding healthcare for LGBT Americans.

The significance of the occasion was not lost upon the interns.  David Schenirer of Sacramento reflected that the experience “kindled an appreciation and obligation to the opportunity I have in front of me to do my part in helping move the ball forward for equality and equity for everyone.”  This sentiment was shared by intern Pam Miller of Baltimore: “It reminds us that our work at an individual level is much bigger and can directly impact our community.”

The HRCU internship experience extends beyond the daily operations of working for the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group.  Interns are invited to events throughout Washington, D.C. and have the opportunity to network with other progressive organizations.  In October, the interns will attend the HRC National Dinner; past guests at the annual event have included Presidents Clinton and Obama, pop icons Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper, and the casts of Modern Family and Glee.

Applications for the Spring 2013 internship will be released in October.  For more information on HRC’s internship program, please visit the Youth & Campus section of the HRC website.

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