When I arrived at the White House in late May, I was ecstatic to find out that I would be interning in the Office of Political Affairs. As a Pennsylvanian, one of my primary goals coming to Washington this summer was to help provide support for industry workers and small business owners. Under the leadership of Northeast Regional Political Director James O’Connell, I have had the opportunity to research industry-related policies and the political make-up of Pennsylvania, as well as sit in on numerous meetings with influential leaders from my area and throughout the state.
Whether I was listening to small business owners from Pennsylvania explain the issues most important to them during roundtable discussions, or meeting with county commissioners from throughout the state, it was an honor to serve in the executive branch this summer. Having grown up in a small town in Pennsylvania, it is encouraging to return home and see first-hand the positive impact the Trump Administration has already had. This Administration is committed to fighting for deregulation, supporting industry workers, and serving as a voice for the often-forgotten citizens of small towns throughout this Nation. It was eye-opening to witness the commitment and unwavering patriotism of so many individuals who are hard at work each and every day in the Nation’s capital to ‘Make America Great Again’.
Meeting with officials at the local level is a great way for the White House Office of Political Affairs to connect with the American people, and having the chance to participate in such heartfelt meetings is something I will never forget. My journey as a White House Intern has been inspirational and has reaffirmed my desire to dedicate my life to service, which originated largely due to my hometown’s proximity to the site of the Flight 93 crash.
Tyler Baum is from Lawrence, Pennsylvania, and is a rising sophomore studying government and Arabic at Dartmouth College. Tyler is a member of the Summer 2017 White House Internship Program in the Office of Political Affairs.