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Mike Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture, speaks to the Fellows. Dan Caine, WHF 05-06, is placed at the Department of Agriculture.

Mike Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture, speaks to the Fellows. Dan Caine, WHF 05-06, is placed at the Department of Agriculture.

Work Placement

White House Fellows 2005-2006 Placements


Engagement in the work of the federal government lies at the heart of a White House Fellowship. Work assignments can offer unparalleled experience working with senior administration officials on ever changing issues and challenges. This work often requires long hours and, at times, unglamorous duties that require as much perseverance as ability on the Fellows' part.


White House Fellows typically spend a year as full-time, paid assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Their assignments demand a capacity for quick learning and a willingness to work hard, often on issues outside of their area of expertise. Responsibilities range from chairing interagency meetings and designing and implementing federal policies, to drafting speeches for cabinet secretaries to representing their agencies on Capitol Hill and in international treaty negotiations. Job assignments are made by the Director of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships in consultation with agency officials on the basis of interviews conducted during "Placement Week".


Fellows receive a salary and benefits from the agency for which they work. Salary is paid uniformly at the federal pay grade GS-14, step 3. White House Fellows cannot receive compensation from any other source during their year of government service.

In return for the privilege of participating in the Fellowship year, Fellows are expected to apply what they have learned by contributing to the nation as greater leaders in their respective communities, professions, and in public service. Fellows are expected to return to their former or new occupations more experienced in public policy decision-making and better prepared to contribute to national affairs, thereby fulfilling the mission of the program.


White House Fellows 2005-2006 Placements

Rodney D. Bullard
National Aeronautics and Space Administration


J. Daniel Caine
Department of Agriculture


Eric Greitens
Department of Housing and Urban Development


Jennifer A. Jacobs
National Security Council


Sean P. McLaughlin
Internal Revenue Service


Steven L. Parker
Domestic Policy Council

Keith A. Pellegrini
Department of State


Robert L. Reffkin
Department of the Treasury


Michael W. Studeman
Department of Homeland Security


Cory Wilson
Department of Defense


Kenneth R. Zeff
Office of Management and Budget


Laurie C. Zephyrin
Department of Veterans Affairs


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