Ivy Tech Community College Valparaiso student Emily Mueller completed the fall 2017 White House Internship program earlier this month. The internship began on September 6, where she and several other interns began in 19 different departments. Mueller worked in the Office of Presidential Correspondence, where she read and categorized incoming mail both nationally and worldwide.
“It’s probably one of the best places to be an intern because you can see the opinions and viewpoints of the American people,” she explained. “You see a lot of interesting things, sometimes even shed a tear. Every piece of mail and email is different. You never know what you’re going to get.”
Mueller was interested in this opportunity and decided to finalize her application with the support of Ivy Tech, including Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann.
“We are proud one of our students was chosen for such a prestigious internship opportunity,” Ellspermann said. “Emily was well qualified and tenacious in pursuing the internship. The experience Emily brings back will be invaluable as she continues on her educational journey. Emily’s role model will also inspire more Ivy Tech students to pursue these prestigious opportunities.”
To keep on track for her Business Administration degree, Mueller is also taking three online classes with Ivy Tech. She said between that and working full-time for her internship, time management is crucial.
This spring, Mueller will continue at Ivy Tech and pick up where she left off as secretary of the Student Government Association at her campus. She also plans to join the Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society.
Mueller anticipates to finish classes for her associate degree in the summer of 2018, then would like to transfer to Valparaiso University for her bachelor’s degree. After her bachelor’s, she said she would love to go back and work in Washington D.C.
To read more about Mueller and her experience as a White House intern, visit IvyTech.edu/IDefineSuccess.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.