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2009.04.28 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

White House Taps UNO Graduate Student for Summer Internship

Omaha - A University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) graduate student will intern at The White House this summer.

Ejay Jack of Oil City, Penn., is working toward a master’s degree in Public Administration and Social Work. He was one of 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students around the country to apply for a White House internship, which runs May 22 through Aug. 14.

While in Washington, Jack will serve in the Office of Presidential Correspondence. The office handles official correspondence on behalf of President Barack Obama. The office also collaborates with White House offices to draft letters and proclamations on behalf of the President.

Jack has been active as a UNO graduate student. His on-campus activities include working as a graduate assistant in Multicultural Affairs; serving as director of the Gender and Sexual Orientation Student Agency (2008-09); serving as a member of Safe Space and Ally training program, and a member of UNO’s Sexual and Gender Equality (SAGE) Task Force.

"I am very excited and humbled to have been chosen to be part of the White House internship program," Jack said. "I am preparing for my trek across country to begin working in the White House, but it still seems surreal as if I am going to wake up from this dream. I am indebted to those who have helped and mentored me during this process, which has allowed me to be in a competitive position to achieve this unique opportunity."

White House internships are full-time unpaid positions. Interns are responsible for arranging their own transportation and housing. While in Washington, Jack and other interns will attend weekly lecture series hosted by senior White House staff, assist at White House social events and volunteer in community service projects.

“I am not surprised that Ejay was selected,” said Angela Eikenberry, School of Public Administration assistant professor and one of Jack’s instructors. “He has contributed so much to the UNO campus with his work at Multicultural Affairs and the Gender and Sexual Orientation Student Agency. It is rare for a graduate student to be so active in the life of our campus, and I appreciate the leadership Ejay has shown in these areas.”

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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