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UIS student serving White House Internship

October 27, 2003

SPRINGFIELD - Brad J. Goodman, an undergraduate student in the Political Studies program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is among 90 interns working at the White House this fall in a three-month internship that began in September and concludes December 2.

Goodman is the son of Jerry and Nita Goodman of Buffalo Grove. His internship is in the White House Office of Political Affairs, which is charged with ensuring that the executive branch and the president are aware of the concerns of the American people. His responsibilities include preparing briefings, arranging travel, and general office duties.

Goodman was chosen for the program after a thorough and competitive selection process that included an application, letters of recommendation, essays, a resume, telephone interviews, writing samples, and a security background check.

He explained, "The White House has interns throughout the year. Most are junior- or senior-level college students, some are graduate students, and some have graduated from college and are hoping to get a placement in the Executive Offices of the President after they finish their internships."

Goodman works in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds, where many of the presidential executive offices are located and where the Vice President has an honorary office.

In addition to the chance to observe and gain practical experience in the daily workings of the federal government, Goodman notes that another exciting part of the internship is the opportunity to see and listen to nationally prominent speakers. "Since I arrived, I've been fortunate enough to hear White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, Senior Adviser Karl Rove, and former Governor of Oklahoma Frank Keating," he said, "and plans are being made to allow us to hear from high-ranking members of the administration, such as National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice." He added that he was especially honored to share in observing the national moment of silence with President and Mrs. Bush and Vice President and Mrs. Cheney on the second anniversary of September 11.

Goodman admits he is interested in a career in politics, but, he says, "I am especially interested in public service. I feel helping one's community is essential. I truly believe in having compassion for your neighbors and, as President Bush says, 'love your neighbor like you would like to be loved.' "

The Political Studies program at UIS offers the bachelor's and master's degree and provides students with many opportunities for experiential learning. The curriculum offers a flexible course of study that provides a solid foundation for careers in law, politics, public service, research, or teaching.

More information is available on the White House internship program.