A Central Catholic High School graduate with ties to the West Side spent a portion of her summer working as an intern in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence.
Allie Anderson, the daughter of Mike and Angela Anderson of Modesto and granddaughter of Georgia Cerutti and the late William “Skip” Cerutti of Newman, said her responsibilities included receiving gifts and correspondence and routing it up the chain to the proper recipient.
“All the mail for the White House goes through the same location. We would move it up the chain to make sure it got the proper attention,” said Anderson. “A lot of people make requests of the Executive Branch. We helped kind of navigate for them.”
Anderson, who is a junior this fall at the Busch School of Business at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., said she became interested in the intern program after White House staff had reached out to her father to help organize a Gold Star event (her brother, Marine Cpl. Michael D. Anderson Jr., was killed in Iraq in 2004). Through that, Anderson said, she had the opportunity to meet White House staff members who encouraged her to apply.
She did, and was accepted.
The 10-week program was shortened to six weeks due to the pandemic, she shared, but nonetheless “the people in charge made sure to give us some amazing opportunities.”
She worked in the Office of Presidential Correspondence, located in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus.
“It definitely was motivating,” Anderson told Mattos Newspapers. “You don’t get to wake up every day and say that you are going to go to the White House again. I was privileged to be able to do this.”
Anderson said the internship opportunity piqued her interest because of the public service aspect.
Getting people the help that they needed was a priority, she said, and “being able to do that in the Executive Branch was an honor.”
Staff members, she added, were deeply appreciative of the interns.
“(Staff members) made it very clear that everybody really depends on the interns,” she reflected. “Even as an unpaid intern, to know that we were valued was really special.”
Anderson is a 2018 graduate of Central Catholic High School.