This summer, Florida A&M University (FAMU) student Andrea Turk will serve as an intern at the White House for the Department of Management and Administrative Services.
“This internship will provide valuable and relevant work experience, validity and an enhanced exclamation point to my resume,” Turk said. “I will have the opportunity to represent historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), and show the nation that FAMU and other HBCUs produce top-tier students. I want to show that FAMU produces individuals that have the potential to affect and implement effective policies on local, state, and national levels of government.
Turk is a master’s of applied social science with a concentration in public administration student from Gainesville, Fla. She is expecting to graduate during the August 2009 summer commencement ceremony.
Andrea Turk first came to FAMU in 1987 as a student in the School of Business and Industry. Unfortunately, after five years of school, her lack of passion for the curriculum left her with a 1.9 GPA and no desire to remain in school.
After obtaining employment as a finance and accounting director with the State of Florida and earning close to $55,000 a year, without a degree, Turk decided to return to FAMU with a new major and a determination to finish her college education.
“One of the things I admire most about FAMU is the great mix of professors at FAMU,” she said. “There are professors from their 20s to their 70s in age, and professors from all kinds of racial and ethnic backgrounds. This brings a wealth of knowledge from all types of personal and professional perspectives.”
Upon the completion of a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in public administration, she decided to keep her educational momentum going and work toward her master’s degree.
After applying for the summer internship at the White House, Turk was personally called by the director of the Department of Management and Administrative Services. According to Turk, an internship team of professionals went through the packets that were submitted and pulled information from the applicants that were best suited for the different White House internship offerings. During her initial phone interview, Turk was told that her packet was hand delivered to the director of the Department of Management and Administrative Services.
The Department of Management and Administrative Services is responsible for communications, correspondences, reference checks, and security checks for White House employees as well as those persons calling, entering and leaving the White House for business or personal reasons.
After graduating, Turk would like to work as an administrator in the public sector or as a college professor teaching public administration.