The millennial fast track to success in Washington is well-worn, but the top prize of a White House job still requires experience and grunt work, according to job advice from two former top speechwriters.
Cody Keenan, who wrote for former President Barack Obama, recalled pleas from White House interns seeking jobs. “Why would I hire you now?” he recalled asking.
“You’ve got to build up a little time, be patient,” he said he told the go-getters, adding, “If you stick around, work hard and be nice to people — these are no-brainers — it turns out divine providence can pay off pretty well.”
Marc Thiessen, former President George W. Bush’s speechwriter, advised young job seekers to “do grunt work” and pick a mentor to believe in.