Arlington, Virginia – Bob Brown thinks a big misconception about Washington is that government employees don’t work hard. “After interning in the House and in the White House, I wholeheartedly disagree,” said Brown, a native of Orange, Connecticut, who recently graduated from Marymount University. “The staff members I supported are some of the hardest working people I’ve met, and nobody that I met has lost sight of why anyone is there: to help the people of our nation.”
Brown put his share of long hours in at the White House, typically working from 8 a.m. until after 7 p.m., five days a week. But for a political junkie, it was a dream come true. “One of the most incredible experiences in the internship was hearing President Obama speak to us in the East Room toward the end of the internship,” he said. Brown also heard from Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
A 2011 graduate of Amity Regional High School, Brown volunteered for a number of election campaigns as a teenager, ranging from those of town officials to President Obama’s 2008 effort. He served as his high school’s class president for three years.
Outside the classroom, he was involved in the Connecticut Yankee Council of the Boy Scouts and the Junior State of America chapter at his school. “I credit the Boy Scouts and JSA with helping me become more active in government, public service, and leadership – all traits that were furthered during the White House internship,” Brown said.
In his summer orientation session as a Marymount freshman, he promised himself he would at least apply to intern in Congress and at the White House. He earned both internships. This past fall, he worked in the Washington office of Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat. He did the White House internship during his final semester at Marymount in the Communications/Media Affairs and Press Office, supporting staff members, compiling daily news summaries within specific areas and creating press lists. Brown received his degree in communications in May.
One of the reasons Brown chose Marymount, a small, private liberal arts college, was its proximity to the nation’s capital. “Once I visited D.C. for an open house, I realized I enjoyed communicating a message and telling a story – not necessarily political,” he said.
During his time in college, the Eagle Scout also put his skills to work as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America’s Order of the Arrow email campaigns, social media and national newspaper. He’s also worked as a communications assistant and photographer at Marymount, where he is now employed in the office of University Advancement.
Pictured: Bob Brown, a native of Orange, Connecticut, and a 2011 graduate of Amity Regional High School, recently completed a White House Internship. He is a 2015 graduate of Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.