ISU student shares what he learned as a White House intern

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POCATELLO — The White House internship in Washington, DC is something Eric Morris will be able to brag about for the rest of his life.

The Arimo native is a senior at Idaho State University majoring in global studies, with a minor in business administration and linguistics. He was selected from a global pool of applicants to work as a summer intern for the President’s Executive Office.

“It’s been one of my best experiences ever,” Morris told ISU looking back.

Morris recalls hearing about the internship from a former global studies student and credits his “full” academic experience as a selection factor.

He worked as a career path intern in the university’s global studies department. He helped organize and direct the Frank Church Symposium as Chairman of the Council on International Affairs.

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As a White House intern, Morris spent his time drafting government documents that were distributed to staffers. The technical writing skills he picked up throughout his schooling came in handy, and he was also able to use what he learned in business classes.

“They let me do statistical analysis,” he said in a press release. “They’re willing to let me make plans when I have ideas.”

Morris hopes to work in public service one day and he is grateful to have been able to see what it is like.

Working with high-level people is good experience for his CV, he says, and it has been an eye-opening experience for him.

“I know people idolize those in high positions, but it’s great to see how human people are. Everyone has a kind of self-doubt. It made me realize that you can do whatever you want as long as you stick with it and work hard. I feel really lucky to have made it here,” says Morris.

But the internship was also educational in other ways. He says it helps him connect with people and develop teamwork and communication skills.

Being proactive is another skill he is learning.

“People give me a chance to see how everything works. I help the organization run better and prepare to be a better public servant in the future,” says Morris.

After graduating this fall, he plans to apply for a competitive master’s program in international affairs. He is eager to pursue his dreams.

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