Paydirt Editor Lands White House InternshipWASHINGTON, D.C. February 14, 2011 – New Mexico Tech junior Victoria Carreon was selected for a prestigious White House internship this semester.
Victoria Carreon in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11.
Photo courtesy of the White House Press Office.
The program’s mission is to make the White House accessible to future leaders all around the nation and cultivate and prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities.
A White House Internship provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. Interns work in one of several White House departments, including the Office of Cabinet Affairs, the Office of the Chief of Staff, the Office of Scheduling and Advance, the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Presidential Personnel Office, the Communications Department, the Domestic Policy Council or the Office of the First Lady – just to name a few.
Carreon is pursuing a Bachelor's in General Studies with an emphasis in Communication in Social Contexts. She was the editor of Paydirt in the fall 2010 semester and is spearheading the effort to bring back the school yearbook, Porphyry. She is a committee chair for the Alpha Sigma Kappa sorority and expects to graduate in May 2012.
For her internship, she is working in the Press Office. The White House invited Tech to submit submitt written questions to
NMT: What are your official duties for this internship?
NMT: What’s a typical day like for you at the White House?
I don’t know when something is suddenly going to be more interesting than I thought and that makes every day exciting.
Whether it’s thrilling or just filled with minor tasks, my days tend to be full of chances to excel and every day I learn something. Because of that, every day I am thankful for the opportunity to be interning here.
NMT: How are you applying your education at Tech to this assignment?
I’m also applying my ability to analyze data to the statistics that I work on, so having the technical skills to do that has helped a lot. Also, having taken Technical Communication courses at Tech has helped me in some of the projects I’ve been asked to do. Although there isn’t a particular class that has helped me the most, the design of the curriculum at Tech has really given me a different perspective from a lot of the other interns.
Other than that, the extracurricular activities I have participated in have really prepared me for this internship. My position with the Student Association really helped me develop my organizational skills and my professionalism. Alpha Sigma Kappa also has helped in that it allowed me to learn to apply those two attributes differently and well as develop social skills that have made it easier to connect with the people I work with.
NMT: How do you think this experience will help you in your career?
Besides that, I think this internship will allow me to be a prime candidate for other positions.
NMT: What’s it like to live in
The museums are incredibly interesting and there is something for anything you could be interested in. To be able to read books at the Library of Congress is a great experience. It seems like everywhere I go, there is a history that is waiting to be read or told.
The excitement of seeing the Capitol and the White House and to know that this is where the important decisions are being made is a very unique feeling. This city really allows you to experience the core of
NMT: What were your first thoughts when you found out you’d been selected for this internship?
I was also thinking that I wasn’t going to do this just for me and my future, but for anyone who strives to meet a goal and who takes a chance even when the outcome is uncertain. So much of what was on my mind was for my family – for my dad, a Mexican immigrant who has sacrificed so much for his daughter to have the opportunities he himself never could. It was a whirlwind of incredible thoughts and feelings.
NMT: Has this experience, thus far, had any influence on your career goals?
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