So, why are young people practically beating down the White House door looking for jobs?
“It’s the promise of ‘You can do something bigger than yourself.’ The idea that you can be part of something that’s about change,” said Brendan Heyck, a 22-year-old who had worked for the Obama campaign in New Hampshire. “I came down here three days before the inauguration just because I knew D.C. was where I wanted to be,” Heyck said. The recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island is working as an advocate at the ALS Association, a group that champions finding a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS. But Heyck is still hoping he’ll score a spot in the administration – any spot. He’s not holding his breath, though; he also applied for jobs at the Capitol, and he plans on taking the foreign service exam in the next few months. “I’m into doing whatever I can to get my foot in the door,” he said. After the election, the Obama transition office received more than 200,000 applications for administration jobs. About 3,000 appointments still need to be made and hundreds of top-level jo