UMass Amherst Undergraduates Serving as White House Interns

AMHERST, Mass. - Two undergraduates from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Benjamin Levine and Laurie Roberts, are spending the spring semester as White House interns, according to the UMass Amherst Career Services office.

Levine is serving his White House internship in the National Economic Council. After graduation, Levine says he plans to join President Obama’s re-election campaign and then work in politics before applying to law school with the goal of becoming a consultant for federal and foreign governments. Levine is a political science major with a minor in economics. He is expected to graduate after the fall semester in 2011.

Roberts is also a political science major and intends to pursue a minor in women’s studies. She is serving her internship in the White House Office of Management and Administration. After graduation, Roberts says she plans to move to Washington, D.C. to seek work on Capitol Hill or for some progressive non-profit agency. She also will be applying to Georgetown University to pursue a master’s degree in public policy. Roberts is expected to graduate from UMass Amherst in May 2013.

Both Roberts and Levine say they are excited to be able to work in the White House and are grateful for the opportunity to learn about the government in a hands-on manner. Levine says, "Internships are a fantastic way to demonstrate your talents to people who will either give you a great recommendation or remember you when a position opens up."

The White House Internship Program is a highly competitive program designed to promote future leaders by making the White House accessible to them and by providing leadership opportunities. Interns work in one of several White House departments, including the offices of the chief of staff, the White House counsel, the Presidential Personnel Office, the Communications Department, the Domestic Policy Council, the Office of the First Lady and the Office of the Vice President.