How to Volunteer with the President of the United States

Volunteering in Washington, D.C.

If you live in the Washington, D.C., area, there are many volunteer opportunities that allow you to help the President of the United States directly. Some positions may even give you the opportunity to meet him in person.

One option (and best choice if you're hoping to score some one-on-one face time with the Commander-in-Chief) is to become a White House intern. White House interns typically do the grunt work of the administration, which includes everything from getting coffee for the staff to sorting through endless mounds of paperwork. The position may sound mundane, but it's one of the most sought-after internships in the country and gives those selected the opportunity to gain valuable insight and contacts in the American political arena [source: White House]. However, there are some pretty strict eligibility requirements. Internship candidates must be 18 years of age or older, a current or recent graduate or undergraduate student and must pass a detailed background check, among other things.

There are plenty of other opportunities to volunteer in D.C., even if you're not a college student. You may want to consider volunteering in the President's Park outside the White House. It's a pretty easy job, and some of the duties are not too far off from those prestigious White House interns. You can expect to make copies, answer phones and hand out literature to tourists. Eventually, you'll become a park expert and will be able to provide visitors with information on various exhibits, as well as direct them to White House tours and landmarks. The only requirements are for volunteers to be cordial, organized and reliable. They must also commit at least 10 hours a month to service.