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San Diego Area Law Students Are White House Interns This Summer

Student Olivia Gonzalez in Times of San Diego, June 26, 2014

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Two one-time San Diegans are taking part in the White House internship program this summer.

Olivia Gonzalez, a student at the Fordham University School of Law in New York, and Adrenis Hooks, a student at the American University College of Law, in Washington, D.C., are among around 150 White House interns, according to a list released by the program.

According to Fordham, Gonzalez is interested in “international law, cyber-security, counterterrorism and national security” and has worked as a legal intern at the U.S. Department of Justice Office of International Affairs. A LinkedIn profile indicates Hooks has worked with prominent Democratic campaigns, including New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s.

The internship introduces participants to public sector work and helps them develop leadership skills, but it also evidently can be exhausting.

Take Thursday’s press briefing. In the video above, a young woman can be seen in the back of the room fainting. She is one of the new White House interns, according to reports. She was not identified, but was said to be fine after staff from the communications department came to her aid.

The White House says the interns can work for anyone of several departments: the Domestic Policy Council, the National Economic Council, the Office of Cabinet Affairs, the Office of Communications, the Office of Digital Strategy, the Office of the First Lady, the Office of Legislative Affairs, the Office of Management and Administration, the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, the Office of Presidential Correspondence, the Office of Presidential Personnel, the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Office of Scheduling and Advance.

They also might be assigned to the Office of the Vice President, the Office of the White House Counsel and the Office of White House Fellows.

The White House said applicants have to demonstrate a commitment to public service, show leadership in their community and be committed to the mission of President Barack Obama’s administration.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years of age on or before the first day of the internship, and be either enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university.

U.S. military veterans with a high school diploma, or its equivalent, who have served on active duty, for any length of time, in the two years preceding the first day of the internship, also are eligible.

– City News Service contributed to this report.