Former Obama White House Intern Announces Scholarship for Black Women with Financial Need Pursuing Political Internships

Written by Simone Stancil

Published on 13th April 2021

Deesha Dyer / Photo Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

 “I’m hoping that this scholarship puts more Black women in rooms where decisions are made. These decisions should not be happening without us and our community.” – Deesha Dyer

 Deesha Dyer, former Social Secretary of the Obama Administration, announced that ten scholarships of $1000 for paid summer internships in politics will be made available for black students. Dyer started her political career as an intern in the Obama Administration. Subsequently, she was promoted to the position of Social Secretary. She commented that during her internship, she recalled few black people working for the administration. Based on conversations Dyers had with other interns, she believed that a lack of financial means was the main reason fewer African- Americans were applying for internships in politics.

 The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reported that Black students are more likely to work in unpaid internships than white and Hispanic students. The Obama Administration previously awarded scholarships of $8000 to black students undertaking their first year in college. In 2021, this administration funded ten paid summer internships for Black students interested in pursuing a career in politics. Dyers stated that she hopes that this scholarship will encourage more Black women to pursue their career goals, regardless of financial means. The deadline for applications for the scholarship is on 1st May 2021.

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