Grayce Niles.

The White House - Washington, D.C.

Project Description

Richard B. ’62 and Sabra Ladd Government Internship Recipient

“Having been born and raised in D.C., politics have always been present in my life. I grew up in an environment where political discussions accompanied any family gathering….As I grew up, and especially since coming to college, I have changed my mind a million times about what I want to do with my life, but I always find myself drawn back to politics.” Grayce has worked for congressional campaigns and political advocacy organizations; however, this summer she switched her focus to the executive branch l and interned at the White House in the Office of Presidential Personnel.

Grayce’s duties varied widely: “On any given day I [would] write up a news summary for our management team, help manage the office calendar…attend an intern-led programming event on Gun Violence Prevention…help set up for an event in one of the conference rooms, and then return to my desk to help with research on a potential appointee candidate.” She also attended regular discussions with staffers, senior White House officials, and even the First Lady on their career histories and areas of interest.

Grayce’s days were hectic and her workload heavy, “but, despite all that, this has been the most amazing and fulfilling experience I have ever had. I’ve…be[en] in the same building, and sometimes the same room, as some of the biggest policy makers in the nation, people…I idolize and look towards as I begin to develop my future career plans.” Grayce’s internship confirmed her commitment to pursuing a career in politics: “I [left] with the hope that I’ll be walking right back through in a few years with new life experiences, ready to serve another President.”

Project Details

  • Date July 19, 2016
  • Tags 2016, Government, Ladd, Sophomore, USA

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