Feb. 15, 2016 – Alena Deveau of Fairfax, Virginia, received a rare opportunity last summer, joining about 130 students selected to experience public service at its finest in the White House Internship Program. Deveau, a meteorology and geography double major with a minor in communication, interned in the Office of the First Lady under Joining Forces, the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden’s initiative to support U.S. active duty military members, veterans, and families in areas of employment, education, and wellness. She also participated in events such as the Congressional Picnic, the Fourth of July celebration on the White House South Lawn, the 2015 Kid’s “State Dinner,” and the first-ever White House Girl Scout Campout.
“It truly was a privilege. The laughter, hard work, and insatiable desire to empower others all unleashed in the journey to learn what it truly means to become a public servant,” Deveau said. “I was humbled to be surrounded on a daily basis by the most dedicated and talented individuals. Every moment and every opportunity is revered.”
Deveau previously interned with the U.S. Coast Guard, NBC in New York City, and NBC’s affiliate station WSLS, in Roanoke, Virginia. She is thankful for her past experiences and is eager for what’s to come!