WASHINGTON, DC -- A College of St. Benedict's student is getting the chance to work at the White House this summer as part of the White House Internship Program.

Chaska native Bridget Cummings is spending her summer vacation working for the President of the United States.

...hard work and willingness to help will be an asset to the office.

The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain professional experience and build leadership skills.

The St. Ben's student is one of about 150 students from around the country, to have a chance to participate in the program. Many students are coming from big name schools such as Harvard, Yale, and Stanford.

Cummings says she feels that even though she is from a small school, her hard work and willingness to help will be an asset to the office.

Last year, she was part of the CSB/SJU Washington, DC Summer Study Program. She thought this internship would be a great opportunity to learn more about the Executive Branch.

Cummings is working in the Office of Legislative Affairs, where she interacts with Congress members, and writes summaries on congressional hearings.

She was selected for the program in March after submitting a writing sample and two recommendation letters from professors.

The internship began in May and runs to the end of August.