On climbing the political internship ladder

After previously serving as an intern for state Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron and two Tennessee Democratic congressmen, recent Middle Tennessee State University graduate Davis Thompson has just completed an internship at the White House, working in Michelle Obama’s office, reports The Jackson Sun.

Thompson, an Alamo native and graduate of Crockett County High School, was part of the White House Internship Program, a program that allows students across the country to gain experience working in the White House.

Thompson worked in the communications department of the office of first lady Michelle Obama. He said she passed by his desk every day.

“I did a lot of news monitoring and compiling news clips of the first lady’s coverage, and the articles that are relevant to her initiatives and subject areas,” Thompson said.

…Thompson said he learned a lot through the process. He said before the internship, he did not understand the level of detail that goes into planning things with a high-level person like the first lady. He said it takes a lot of work and preparation.

“I’ll never look at the first lady on the cover of a magazine again without thinking about that process,” Thompson said.

…Thompson said he did several internships leading up to the White House. His sophomore year, he interned with Sen. Bill Ketron in Nashville. He later worked for Congressmen Jim Cooper and Steve Cohen.

“I used them as recommendations for the White House internship,” Thompson said. “I would definitely recommend doing some internships first.”

…Thompson graduated from MTSU in May. At the end of August, he will leave for Slovakia, where he has a Fulbright scholarship to teach English.