From left, Emma Cronin ’14 on the White House South Lawn, while volunteering at the White House Fourth of July event; and Alex Clavering ’13 speaking in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
Emma Cronin ’15 of Chicago, Ill., and Alex Clavering ’13 of Dix Hills, N.Y., were participants in the 2013 Summer White House Internship program. Competitive and highly esteemed, this opportunity is priceless, and has opened each student’s eyes to the world of public policy.
Cronin, who worked in the Office of Presidential Personnel which oversees the selection process for presidential appointments, researched potential candidates and tracked position vacancies. A political science and Spanish major, she has benefitted much from her time on the hill. She not only points to her academics as an inspiration, but also her involvement in the Holy Cross’ service program, Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD). For the program, Cronin has worked at local Friendly House, and has learned “the importance of contributing to something bigger than [herself].” Cronin has also volunteered as an intern in Chicago for President Obama’s reelection campaign, and worked on Elizabeth Warren’s campaign last fall with fellow Holy Cross students. After Holy Cross, Cronin hopes to participate in some capacity in the 2016 election cycle. “I also plan to attend graduate school, and am hoping to pursue a master’s degree in public policy,” she said.
Cronin is spending her junior year studying in León, Spain, through the Holy Cross study abroad program.
Also spending time at the White House this past summer, Alex Clavering interned in the Office of Presidential Correspondence, where he assisted the mail analysis team in their greater mission of “listening to the American people, understanding their stories and concerns, and responding on behalf of the President.”
Clavering was also featured in Worcester’s Telegram & Gazette, where he was interviewed regarding his White House experience. Speaking to his beneficial time at Holy Cross, issues concerning day-to-day White House responsibilities, and the truly presidential goal of his internship, he tied each experience together, “Every day I take a moment to remember that behind every letter, email, fax, and phone call there is a real person who wants to have their voice heard.” Then, in a moment of reflection, he continued: “That is what public service is all about.”
Clavering will travel to Malaysia in January where he will participate in a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for 10 months.
For additional information, please contact Cristal Steuer at 508-793-2419.
TIME, MEMORY, IDENTITY: Concert and Panel DiscussionSee More > 10/25/2014
Craft Demonstrations by Refugee Artisans of WorcesterSee More > 10/25/2014
Tableaux Vivants of the Italian PresepeSee More > 12/11/2014
College Choir and Chamber Singers Advent Festival of Lessons & CarolsSee More >
‘Princeton Review Ranks Holy Cross Among Best Institutions for Undergraduate Education in the Country’
College ranks no. 9 nationally for most accessible professors
The College of the Holy Cross is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, “The Best...07/30/14
‘Holy Cross Ranks No. 53 on Forbes’ List of America’s Top Colleges’
The College of the Holy Cross ranked no. 53 overall and no. 44 among private colleges on Forbes’ list of America’s Top Colleges. Forbes partnered with the Washington,...07/28/14
‘Fiske Guide’ Includes Holy Cross Among ‘Best and Most Interesting’ Colleges
Once again, the College of the Holy Cross has been included in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges.” Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the 2015...