A young McLean resident who graduated from college in December is one of nine Virginians and more than 140 people now interning at the White House.
Arthur Wessel, who is a University of Pittsburgh and 2008 Langley High School graduate, started working in the White House photo office in January.
"The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities," according to the White House website.
"We are very proud of him," said his father Paul Wessel. "It’s really an exciting opportunity for him going forward.
“There is a certain excitement and prestige in being connected with the White House," his dad continued. "He is interested in a career in photography and at the White House they have the best people and techniques for doing his chosen profession.”
Paul Wessel said his son's internship started in January and will last until perhaps early June. He drops him off at the subway station and picks him up again at night, he said.
Arthur Wessel worked as a photographer for his college newspaper and previously interned at the U.S. Treasury, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Arthur, 21, was not available for an interview because he was working. The internships are unpaid.
Other interns from Northern Virginia are: Eric Glickman from Annandale, Angelina Loverde from Dulles, Jacob Small from Arlington, and Peter Velz from Centreville.
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