2011 DC Scholars Program
School Administrator FAQ

1. What is the DC Scholars program?

This is a program for public and charter high school students in the District of Columbia committed to public service and interested in learning more about the White House. The D.C. Scholars internship program is an unpaid, part-time internship inside the White House. In addition to having a hands-on experience with government at the federal level, D.C. Scholars will also have an opportunity to attend a weekly lecture series led by White House staff, interact with White House interns, be paired with a mentor, and work on a summer service project.

2. What can I do to help my students apply to the DC Scholars program?

Our administration is looking forward to engaging the youth of our country. As such, we appreciate any guidance made available to high school students interested in the DC Scholars program. Many DC schools are already providing assistance in the application process through resume assistance. Teachers and counselors can also help by providing letters of recommendation.

3. What qualifications should the student meet?

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, graduating seniors at a DC public or charter high school, and at least 17 years of age by June 27, 2011. The DC Scholars program is intended to be competitive, but most of all we are looking for students who are interested in government and civic involvement. Suggest this program to students who are academically engaged and to those who are closely connected to their community. Volunteering at a church, a recreation center, or a non-profit are all excellent examples of community involvement.

4. How do students apply and how can I encourage them to do so?

Students can apply online at http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships/dcscholars/. We look forward to having a competitive applicant pool of energetic Washington, D.C. public high school students. To encourage more applications, you may want to include application information in morning announcements. Additionally, some schools have approached teachers directly to assist in student encouragement and selection. A complete application consists of two essays, a resume, and two recommendations. All of this can be submitted online through the DC Scholar application form. Applicants should receive a confirmation email after submitting their application.

5. What important dates should I know about?

The deadline for applications for the DC Scholars program is April 24, 2011. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application the week of May 9. The internship starts on June 27 and ends August 12.