5 Minnesotans are interns at the White House


Five Minnesotans are among the White House's 140 summer interns.

The Star Tribune says the following college students were selected from across the country to participate in the program:

– Bridget Cummings of Chaska, a student at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

– Mathew Goldstein of St. Paul, a student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

– Jacob Hegge of La Crescent, a student at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

– Shahrzad Mohtadi of Edina, a student at Columbia University in New York City.

– Magdelena Morrow of St. Peter, a student at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

Zach Wahls, a University of Iowa student who spoke about his two mothers at an Iowa public forum to oppose an anti-marriage-equality measure, is also a White House intern this summer, the Huffington Post reports.

A video of his speech went viral, and was later picked up by MoveOn.org, which gave the video the headline "Two lesbians raised a baby and this is what they got." Now, media organizations are playing off that headline noting Wahls' success, saying "Two lesbians raised a baby and ... they got a White House intern."

Other Minnesotans have also participated in internships at the White House. Last summer, Daniel Lightfoot, a student at the University of Minnesota, was a summer intern for the White House. He worked for the White House Visitors Office and was responsible for facilitating public visits to the White House, according to the U of M.

“Probably the coolest part of my stint as a White House intern was being involved in the Wounded Warrior tours,” Lightfoot told the U of M, where veterans from Walter Reed and other local hospitals were brought in to take tours of the White House with their families.

Tony Ukin was also a White House intern. He's now the communications director for Democratic Rep. Tim Walz, the Star Tribune says.

The internship runs until the beginning of August, according to the White House. The goal of the internship program is to make the White House accessible to future leaders around the nation and prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities, according to the Washington Post.

Interns work in a variety of departments and have ranging responsibilities, including conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, writing memos and staffing events, the White House says.

The internships are unpaid, but last year a report came out which says if the interns were paid it would cost the White House $2.5 million per year, assuming interns were paid $9 an hour.

The application for the 2015 internship program is now open.

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