Wiedenfeld, who was assigned to assist with the work of the Domestic Policy Council, began his internship in mid-January and worked at the White House until May 3. He said his duties with the council included daily research on current policy and legislation, writing briefings and policy memos for senior staff, analyzing news clips, planning and organizing logistics for meetings and events, and drafting correspondence.
Wiedenfeld said the internship experience has strengthened his passion for public service.
“It was inspiring to work every day with so many intelligent and talented people who have incredible stories and experiences to share and to know that each one of them is dedicated to making this country better,” he said. “I’ve learned that while policymaking is difficult, it can be very rewarding. I know that this experience will be just the beginning of a career in public policy and a lifelong commitment to public service.”
Wiedenfeld said he will attend graduate school this fall at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where he will pursue his master’s degree in public policy.
The White House website describes the selection process for the internship program as “highly competitive” and states that “applicants are encouraged to submit a thorough application that illustrates qualifications, character and commitment to public service.”