White House Internship Program Announces Fall 2015 Participants

White House Internship Program Announces Fall 2015 Participants

WASHINGTON, DC – The White House Internship Program announced today the participants for the fall 2015 session. The mission of the program is to make the White House accessible to future leaders around the nation and to prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities.

A White House Internship provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. Interns work in one of several White House departments, including the Domestic Policy Council, the National Economic Council, the Office of Cabinet Affairs, the Office of Communications, the Office of Digital Strategy, the Office of the First Lady, the Office of Legislative Affairs, the Office of Management and Administration, the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, the Office of the Staff Secretary, the Presidential Personnel Office, the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Office of Scheduling and Advance, the Office of the Vice President, the Office of the White House Counsel, and the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

Additional information about the White House Internship Program is available here: www.whitehouse.gov/internships

Fall 2015 White House Interns

The list below includes the fall 2015 White House Interns, their hometowns, and the higher education institution they most recently attended.

Abiye, Aden Hometown: Dallas, TX; University of Maryland, MD
Ajao, Lola Hometown: Woodbury, NY; State University of New York at Binghamton, NY
Alexander, Darrell Hometown: Jacksonville, FL; University of Florida, FL
Ambroise, Myriam Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL; Florida International University, FL
Ansari, Zehra Hometown: New York, NY; Smith College, MA
Appelbaum, Mia Hometown: New York, NY; New York University, NY
Asefirad, Aryana Hometown: San Jose, CA; University of California, Irvine, CA
Avery, Erik Hometown: South Burlington, VT; Norwich University, VT
Babington, Thomas Hometown: Severna Park, MD; University of Maryland, MD
Baharaeen, Renee Hometown: Gladstone, MO; Truman State University, MO
Barajas-Villar, Liliana Hometown: Chandler, AZ; Arizona State University, AZ
Barlow, Ian Hometown: Dayton, OH; The Ohio State University, OH
Bayes, Weston Hometown: Naples, FL; University of Central Florida, FL
Beck, Matthew Hometown: Glenelg, MD; Harvard University, MA
Bish, Vincent Hometown: Hartford, CT; Trinity College, CT
Blotevogel, Elisabeth Hometown: Jefferson City, MO; Truman State University, MO
Bogden, Matthew Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI; Grand Valley State University, MI
Boxerman, Joshua Hometown: Bethesda, MD; Northwestern University, IL
Brandon, Leo Hometown: Summerville, SC; Antioch College, OH
Bronson, Paul Hometown: Macon, GA; Fort Valley State University, GA
Brown, Joseph Hometown: Palm Coast, FL; Florida State University, FL
Brown, Nikia Hometown: Brooklyn, NY; State University of New York at Albany, NY
Byrum, Zachary Hometown: Stafford, VA; Goucher College, MD
Cano, Stephen Hometown: Sinton, TX; Texas Christian University, TX
Char, Demi Hometown: San Francisco, CA; Wesleyan University, CT
Chhean, Chamroeunpaul Hometown: Long Beach, CA; University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Chitkuer, Jessica Hometown: Fullerton, CA; Loyola University Chicago, IL
Collinson, Emily Hometown: Tustin, CA; American University, D.C.
Cooper, Joni Hometown: Rye, NY; Northwestern University, IL
Creighton, Austyn Hometown: Wheeling, WV; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
Daoud, Leah Hometown: Hayward, CA; University of California, Berkeley, CA
Davis, Paige Hometown: Indianapolis, IN; Indiana University Bloomington, IN
Davison, Adam Hometown: Santa Monica, CA; University of California, Berkeley, CA
Day, Alexandra Hometown: Severna Park, MD; Wellesley College, MA
deForest, Michael Hometown: Holland, MI; Lee University, TN
Dera, Agata Hometown: Elmwood Park, NJ; Columbia University, NY
Dexter, Molly Hometown: Eau Claire, WI; University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI
Dharmavarapu, Parag Hometown: Homewood, IL; Northwestern University, IL
Dodge, Monica Hometown: New York, NY; Harvard University, MA
Doost, Sadaf Hometown: Union City, CA; University of California, Berkeley, CA
Dunn, Zachary Hometown: San Antonio, TX; The University of Texas at San Antonio, TX
Ehrari, Mariam Hometown: Commack, NY; New York University, NY
Enriquez, Ernie Hometown: Morton Grove, IL; DePaul University, IL
Farishta, Karim Hometown: Sugar Land, TX; The George Washington University, D.C.
Fernandes, Megan Hometown: Boston, MA; Northeastern University, MA
Ferrer, Joshua Hometown: Champaign, IL; Amherst College, MA
Flom, Hannah Hometown: Minneapolis, MN; The George Washington University, D.C.
Frazier, Gabriela Hometown: Hempstead, NY; Johnson & Wales University, FL
Frieber, Michael Hometown: Bedminster, NJ; Northeastern University, MA
Fronabarger, Derek Hometown: Charleston, SC; University of South Carolina, SC
Galloway-Kane, Finnian Hometown: East Hardwick, VT; University of Vermont, VT
Gebru, Bezakulu Hometown: Phoenix, AZ; The University of Arizona, AZ
Gehrcke, Taylor Hometown: Comstock Park, MI; Central Michigan University, MI
Gerstenfeld, Adam Hometown: Pembroke Pines, FL; University of Florida, FL
Godard, Abigail Hometown: Columbus, OH; The George Washington University, D.C.
Golden, Kaitlyn Hometown: Baltimore, MD; University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Gomez, Wendy Hometown: Los Angeles, CA; Dickinson College, PA
Gomez-Rexrode, Amalia Hometown: Washington, D.C.; University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
Gray, Joshua Hometown: Simi Valley, CA; California Lutheran University, CA
Grega, Claire Hometown: Cleveland, OH; John Carroll University, OH
Grier, Loren Hometown: Rockport, MA; American University, D.C.
Hanower, Daniel Hometown: Seattle, WA; Santa Clara University, CA
Harvey, Reyna Hometown: Riverside, CA; University of California, Riverside, CA
Haynes, Caleb Hometown: Laurel, MD; Howard Community College, MD
Heley, Logan Hometown: Overland Park, KS; University of Southern California, CA
Higdon, Jacob Hometown: Jacksonville, FL; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
Higgins, Hilary Hometown: Miami, FL; Harvard University, MA
HobsonBernadette Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA; Georgetown University, D.C.
Houston, Elyse Hometown: Wesley Chapel, FL; The George Washington University, D.C.
Huh, Brian Hometown: Foothill Ranch, CA; University of Southern California, CA
Jacobs, Cajay Hometown: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Cornell University, NY
James, Christina Hometown: Lexington, MA; Georgetown University, D.C.
Jean-Simon, Ermolande Hometown: Boston, MA; Boston University, MA
Johnson, Candace Hometown: Memphis, TN; Syracuse University, NY
Jordan, Tiffany Hometown: Roanoke, VA; Cornell University, NY
Kava, Samuel Hometown: Weston, FL; The George Washington University, D.C.
Kay, Daniel Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO; University of Denver, CO
Keene, Jamie Hometown: Seattle, WA; Smith College, MA
Khan, Sophia Hometown: South Riding, VA; University of Pittsburgh, PA
Kickingwoman, Sharen Hometown: Missoula, MT; Stanford University, CA
Kim, Jonathan Hometown: Los Angeles, CA; Duke University, NC
Kim, Gina Hometown: Gainesville, FL; University of Virginia, VA
Kurland, Samuel Hometown: Juneau, AK; Stanford University, CA
Laurence, Julia Hometown: Seattle, WA; Stanford University, CA
Levy, Tobias Hometown: New York, NY; Swarthmore College, PA
Libby, Samuel Hometown: Dallas, TX; Dartmouth College, NH
Lindgren, Carly Hometown: West Haven, CT; Boston University, MA
Lindgrensavage, Cerin Hometown: Los Angeles, CA; New York University, NY
Lomio, Michael Hometown: San Jose, CA; University of California, Merced, CA
Lubben, Laura Hometown: Larchmont, NY; Smith College, MA
Maddalena, Franco Hometown: Fair Lawn, NJ; Columbia University, NY
Martin, Madeleine Hometown: Vienna, VA; Boston University, MA
Mattila, Brianne Hometown: Ferndale, WA; Whitworth University, WA
Miller, Nathaniel Hometown: Santa Monica, CA; University of California, Berkeley, CA
Modi, Christina Hometown: Chesapeake, VA; University of the District of Columbia, D.C.
Morquecho, Adriana Hometown: Brooklyn, NY; State University of New York at Binghamton, NY
Mosier, Shelby Hometown: North Andover, MA; University of Miami, FL
Mulugheta, Niyat Hometown: Dallas, TX; Harvard University, MA
Murphy, Freedom Hometown: Atlanta, GA; Howard University, D.C.
Nickelson, Christopher Hometown: Houston, TX; The University of Texas at Austin, TX
Nieto, Aida Hometown: Mansfield, TX; Cornell University, NY
Nover, Scott Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ; The George Washington University, D.C.
Obletz, Nicholas Hometown: Portland, OR; Stanford University, CA
Okoronkwo, Maryann Hometown: Houston, TX; The University of Texas at Austin, TX
Oltersdorf, Max Hometown: Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA; University of California, Berkeley, CA
Omolola, Esther Hometown: New Carrollton, MD; Berea College, KY
Pantangco, Katherine Hometown: San Jose, CA; University of San Francisco, CA
Parsons, Victoria Hometown: Columbus, OH; The George Washington University, D.C.
Patton, Andrea Hometown: Hebron, KY; The College of Wooster, OH
Perez, Emmanuel Hometown: Delhi, CA; University of California, Berkeley, CA
Pershe, Matthew Hometown: Park City, UT; University of Pennsylvania, PA
Philips, William Hometown: Falls Church, VA; Ferrum College, VA
Philipson, Joseph Hometown: Chicago, IL; Tufts University, MA
Phillips, Logan Hometown: New Canaan, CT; Gettysburg College, PA
Pomeranz, Cody Hometown: Cincinnati, OH; Yale University, CT
Presutti, Amanda Hometown: Durham, CT; The George Washington University, D.C.
Rabinowitz, Shane Hometown: Baltimore, MD; University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Rauch, Dawn Hometown: Rutland, VT; University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Razavi, Camilia Hometown: Redwood City, CA; University of California, Berkeley, CA
Rofail, Marianne Hometown: Los Angeles, CA; DePaul University, IL
Ruttimann, Alejandra Hometown: Key Biscayne, FL; Georgetown University, D.C.
Sanchez, Raul Hometown: New York City, NY; The City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY
Sauter, Sarah Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA; Whitworth University, WA
Schaafsma, Frank Hometown: Florham Park, NJ; University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Schorgl, Elizabeth Hometown: Kansas City, MO; The George Washington University, D.C.
Schumer, Michael Hometown: Muttontown, NY; The University of Chicago, IL
Shim, Sandra Hometown: Eden Prairie, CA; University of California, Berkeley, CA
Shorter, Justine Hometown: Milwaukee, WI; The SIT Graduate Institute, D.C.
Siek, Boramy Hometown: Phnom Penh, Cambodia; American University, D.C.
Signer, Jordana Hometown: Washington, D.C.; Emory University, GA
Simmons, Kaylah Hometown: Washington, D.C.; Kalamazoo College, MI
Singh, Ashveer Hometown: Milwaukee, WI; University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI
Sipe, Kathleen Hometown: Portland, OR; Washington University in St. Louis, MO
Sirjani, Arrizu Hometown: Seattle, WA; Paris Institute of Political Studies, France
Sklar, James Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI; Oakland University, MI
Smith, Leah Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ; Johns Hopkins University, D.C.
Sommadossi, Tiffany Hometown: Boston, MA; American University, D.C.
Stanislawski, Aaron Hometown: New York City, NY; Columbia University, NY
Tanen, Ezra Hometown: Vaughan, Canada; York University, Canada
Thomas, Jordan Hometown: North Olmsted, OH; Elon University, NC
Tilahun, Lemi Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA; Coe College, IA
Tully, Daniel Hometown: Downers Grove, IL; Stanford University, CA
Turk, Joseph Hometown: Middletown, DE; The Pennsylvania State University, PA
Valenzo Venegas, Janette Hometown: Los Angeles, CA; New York University, NY
Van, Vincent, Hometown: Miami, FL; University of Mount Union, OH
Vega, Nathalie Hometown: San Antonio, TX; San Antonio College, TX
Ward, Joash Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY; Syracuse University, NY
Washington, Joshua Hometown: Breaux Bridge, LA; Loyola University New Orleans, LA
Weber, Brett Hometown: New Orleans, LA; The University of Georgia, GA
Whitworth, Victoria Hometown: Commerce, MI; University of Michigan, MI
Wiles, Grant Hometown: Fort Worth, TX; The University of Texas at Austin, TX
Wilson, Cheryl Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA; University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Wood, Abigail Hometown: Saint Louis, MO; Truman State University, MO
Xharda, Merlinda Hometown: Peabody, MA; Northeastern University, MA
Zuniga, Lauro Hometown: Bluffton, IN; The University of Texas - Pan American, TX

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“Donald, you saved us from another hour and a half of that debate,” Colbert said. “You truly are a great leader, and you have earned my vote — as long as you can negotiate your presidency down from four years to — you know, two hours feels about right.”
Watch the entire segment posted online by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert:

Statement From The President On The Passing Of Two Year Budget

I applaud the Democrats and Republicans who came together this morning to pass a responsible, long-term budget agreement that reflects our values, grows our economy and creates jobs.

This agreement will strengthen the middle class by investing in education, job training, and basic research. It will keep us safe by investing in our national security. It protects our seniors by avoiding harmful cuts to Medicare and Social Security. It is paid for in a responsible, balanced way – in part with a measure to ensure that partnerships like hedge funds pay what they owe in taxes just like everybody else. It locks in two years of funding and should help break the cycle of shutdowns and manufactured crises that have harmed our economy. 

This agreement is a reminder that Washington can still choose to help, rather than hinder, America’s progress, and I look forward to signing it into law as soon as it reaches my desk. After that, Congress should build on this by getting to work on spending bills that invest in America’s priorities without getting sidetracked by ideological provisions that have no place in America’s budget process. If we can do that, we’ll help our workers and businesses keep growing the economy and building an America full of opportunity for all.


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Jeb Bush Campaign Plan Leaked To Media

It’s never good when you have to say that your campaign is “not on life support.”

Despite a debate performance where he struggled to get speaking time, Jeb Bush's campaign has high hopes for their candidate in early states, according to a 112-page presentation document obtained by U.S. News that also includes details related to his internal polling as well as pointed shots at the campaign of Florida rival Marco Rubio.
The campaign had initially released 45 pages to select reporters, but the additional documents published by U.S. News on Thursday revealed the extent to which the Bush campaign is pushing its talking points against the Florida senator, while showing its frustration with a lack of discipline among supporters.

In one slide meant for donors, titled "Marco Is A Risky Bet," bullet points include: "Misuse of state party credit cards, taxpayer funds and ties to scandal-tarred former Congressman David Rivera takes away line of attack on Hillary Clinton."
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"Those who have looked into the Marco’s background in the past have been concerned with what they have found," the final bullet point reads. The next slide notes that Rubio has not gotten as many endorsements in their home state of Florida.

The document provides a rare behind-the-curtain look at the gritty details of a campaign at a crucial inflection point. Here's a breakdown of the most illuminating pieces of intelligence contained in 
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The campaign was already fed up with the armchair quarterbacking from his backers, enough to devote one slide showcasing a quote in a news story from an anonymous donor mourning Bush's "death spiral."
"Discipline Matters," the title of the slide barks.
They'll need that message to be heeded in order to make it to their fourth-quarter fundraising rollout, scheduled for Dec. 5 at the trendy Art Basel in Miami. The event is called, "Pop Art, Politics & Jeb."

By then, Bush World hopes to have something to celebrate.

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