I found this on the Hunter college website.. I thought it was interesting.


“Nothing can prepare you to work at the White House,” says Valentine Sanders, “but once I got a grip on my awe I found myself relying on things I learned at Hunter.”

Sanders, a student in the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter, is interning at the White House – one of the most coveted internships in the nation – and is currently in the middle of his extremely busy, highly exciting White House stint, which began on January 6 and will run through mid-May.

Sanders is a press intern in the Office of the Vice President, where his job consists mostly of working with the communications staff. He writes memos recapping press coverage of the vice president’s major events, compiles news clips, helps to draft press guidelines, and assists in all the expected and unexpected tasks that can turn up during the day.

“On the best days,” he says, “I feel like a very lucky pinball.”

“I get to learn from the people I work with every day,” he continues, adding: “I think the most valuable thing you gain as a White House intern is a sense of what it takes to function at this level and the good that you can do.”

Particularly important, Sanders says, is that the staffers in the Office of the Vice President are “dedicated, astoundingly capable people who enjoy their work and each other’s company. Their sense of purpose is infectious.”

A graduate of the United Nations International School in New York City, which, he says, “gave me the kind of international awareness that made me really appreciate American foreign policy issues,” Sanders, 25, started at Hunter in the fall of 2004 and expects to graduate in December 2011 with a degree in political science and Arabic.

After he graduates from Hunter, he hopes to work on President Obama’s re-election campaign and then “either travel in the Middle East to improve my Arabic or work for an agency that helps set American policy in the region.” Eventually, he says, he would like to get a law degree or a master’s in public policy.

But right now, he says, he is happy to be both a White House intern and a Hunter student. Hunter, he emphasizes, is “a school for real people. Students and professors at Hunter have a serious bent because the product of their work is a tangible change in the condition of someone’s life.  Hunter made me the kind of person who can fit into a high-pressure environment where good people rely on me and the quality of my effort.”



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  1. “Sanders, a student in the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter, is interning at the White House – one of the most coveted internships in the nation”

    Isn’t that funny…it’s one of the most coveted internships in the NATION and an Honor College Student was accepted into it. I wonder how he heard about it, perhaps from one of the administrators of the Honors College, or who wrote his letters of recommendation? The Honors College students must be extremely respected in order for that student to have been accepted into that internship. Makes you ask yourself, will you ever be as qualified as an Honors College student, even if you have the grades, IQ, and personality to match?

  2. This is such an appropriate article, it demonstrates that the honor college students’ opportunities may be even more limitless than we may have assumed. I believe this is a great opportunity and can you imagine how impressive his resume will look when his future employers can see that he interned at the White House?

    Yet this article brings me back to what we discussed in class. Although the honor students have been presented with more advantages than us (non-honor students), are the benefits of the honor program more beneficial to us than we thought? Yes the honor program may create a bureaucracy however at the same time the students are indeed raising the standard of the school thus positively representing us too. In cases like this, we can have an intern at the White House speak up for Hunter and publicize how well prepared the school has made him. In the end is the program as unfair as we thought?