Los Alamos resident Daniel Ahrens had an awesome summer.
In April, Ahrens learned that he was accepted into the White House Internship Program, a program that introduces young people to the world of policy-making, research and other aspects important to the White House’s day-to-day operations.
Ahrens, a junior at the University of California, Berkeley, who is studying environmental science, was assigned to the White House’s Domestic Policy Council’s Native American Affairs team. Every day, from May until August, Ahrens reported to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, located next to White House’s West Wing.
The DPC makes sure that not only is domestic policy carried out, but it is in accordance with the president’s priorities and goals.
Ahrens said he was a little overwhelmed on his first day, but he quickly got the hang of things.
“Luckily, I had an amazing team I was working with… They really made me feel at home and that I was team player,” he said.
Much of what Ahren did with the DPC was practical, day-to-day things that helped move the president’s initiatives forward.