Thousands of college students across the U.S. apply to the White House internship program each year. Only a fraction are accepted. In fall of her senior year, Savanna Habba, MKT ’18 joined that elite group. 

Thanks to her professional preparation combined with her Oakland business education, she was ready. “The opportunity the Oakland business school provides to learn how to operate in a professional environment and how to act in different situations helped,” Habba says. “I wouldn’t have been as comfortable in the White House without that.” 

Working with senior counselor Kellyanne Conway compiling polling data and collecting press clips on the White House’s policy agenda, Habba assisted other departments giving her a unique perspective on the different elements of governance. 

The three-month internship solidified her professional skills, leadership and confidence. “I’m a lot more organized and confident that I can tackle work, school and everything else in my life,” she says. “If I was able to do well in the White House, then I can do anything.” 

Habba says she realized the importance of engaging in work that inspires. “I learned you have to do something you love with all your heart,” she says. “I left at the end of each day feeling more inspired.”