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Seven Florida students named to White House internship program

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Seven young Floridians have been selected for the 2015 White House Internship Program. On Friday, the White House announced the 76 college students who will participate this year.

The new interns from Florida are Mae Bowen, from Lynn Haven, who attends Emory University; Peter Campbell from Miami, who attends Florida International University; Khari Fischer-Pratt from Tallahassee, who attends Loyola University; Nicolas Garcia from Haines City and Ariel Koren from Jacksonville, who attend University of Pennsylvania; and Carleigh McFarlane from Coral Springs and Caroline Stonecipher from Tallahassee, who each attend the University of Florida.

Two non-Florida natives who attend Florida schools were also named to the program. Nathan Kiker, from Jacksonville, Ala., attends Florida State. Ali Mirghahari, from North Caldwell, N.J., goes to the University of Florida.

According to the White House website, an internship provides a “unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills.” The program helps make the White House accessible to future leaders from all over the country, and to prepare those dedicated to public service for future opportunities in leadership.

Interns will be assigned to one of several White House departments, including the Domestic Policy Council, the National Economic Council, the Office of Cabinet Affairs, the Office of Communications, the Office of Digital Strategy, the Office of the First Lady, the Office of Legislative Affairs, the Office of Management and Administration, the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, the Office of the Staff Secretary, the Presidential Personnel Office, the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Office of Scheduling and Advance, the Office of the Vice President, the Office of the White House Counsel, and the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

The full list of interns for 2015 is here:

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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