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During the fall 2014 semester, she
found a listing for an internship
at the White House for the spring
2015 semester through the Career
Development Center’s CareerLink.
CareerLink periodically sends out
emails with available internship, work-
study and job opportunities.
After deciding she was interested in
the White House internship, Fitchett
consulted Danielle Leffler, internship
coordinator in the Career Development
Center. Fitchett said Leffler was her
“backbone” because she helped her
apply for the internship.
After applying for the internship,
Fitchett became involved in a strict
selection process. She underwent an
FBI background check and three phone
interviews with White House staff.
Two weeks later, in late November
2014, Fitchett got the news — that she
had been accepted.
“I cried when I got the acceptance
letter,” Fitchett said. “I had no idea
what to do with myself.”
Fitchett had no previous internship
experience, but she was selected over
a student from Brown University – an
Ivy League school – who had completed
During the week of New Year’s Day this
year, Fitchett moved to Washington,
D.C. to start the internship. Here, she
lived in a house with 11 other people
who were House and Senate interns,
and she had one roommate. The house
was located in the heart of the city.
“If you threw a baseball at the Capitol,
you’d hit it...not that that’s a good idea!”
During the internship period, Fitchett
had numerous responsibilities and
worked in multiple departments. She
worked in the Eisenhower Executive
Office Building on the White House
Fitchett began her internship in the
Correspondence Office of the First
Lady. She worked there for three
months with four interns and several
In the Correspondence Office, Fitchett
helped take care of the first lady’s snail
mail and email. The volunteers sorted,
organized and scanned mail. Fitchett
was in charge of printing.
An average of 1,000 pieces of
correspondence on behalf of Michelle
Obama were sent each week, Fitchett
Fitchett also said the first lady
receives several letters each week
from kids and successful veterans,
and she handwrites three responses
a week. Fitchett was in charge of
recommending which letters should
receive a response.
During the fourth month of her
internship, Fitchett switched to the
Let’s Move team and became the small
team’s only intern.
The Let’s Move program is an initiative
created by Michelle Obama in 2010,
and its goal is to lessen the prevalence
of childhood obesity. The program
has provided parents with helpful
information and provided healthier
food choices in schools. It also helps
children develop active lifestyles, and it
helps families gain access to food that is
healthy and affordable.
Fitchett said she was able to switch to
the Let’s Move team because she was
excelling on the correspondence team,
and she was given the opportunity to
take on more responsibility.
While on the Let’s Move team, Fitchett
helped organize a garden planting
event that Michelle Obama attended,
surrounded by media.
Fitchett also helped manage
the calendar and events for Deb
Eschmeyer, executive director of Let’s
“People think Let’s Move is a huge
team of people, but it’s really just three
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