Sara Thane - Political Science
There are few more iconic places to spend a summer than the White House. Thane, a 2011 graduate of Missoula´s Hellgate High School, is a junior at UM majoring in political science with minors in Arabic studies and international development studies. This summer, she interned in the Students Department within the Office of Presidential Correspondence.
There, she read and helped respond to correspondence from students and classrooms on behalf of the president, assisted in coordinating volunteers within the department and answered phone calls from Americans on the White House Comment Line, recording their comments for the Office of Presidential Correspondence.
"So far, my favorite part of the internship has been reading and listening to the hopes, frustrations, stories, and views of Americans," Thane said earlier this summer. "I have the opportunity to see, in an unfiltered way, how current policies are impacting citizens. Often these letters have challenged my own way of thinking about these issues."