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FHU Graduate Interns at White House

Henderson, Tennessee - Nov 20, 2017

Brandon Gosselin, May 2017 baccalaureate honors graduate in business, spent his summer interning in the White House as an agency liaison. His duties included reading, sorting and coding incoming mail, reviewing responses from federal agencies and working the White House comment line.

His biggest takeaway from that experience, he said, is that the President makes the effort to help the American people on an individual level when they write to him, via e-mail or traditional mail.  But, the most exciting thing to him was the relationship he had with his fellow interns. He now considers himself a lifetime friend of a full-time New York State policeman who graduated from Syracuse, the son of a Lebanese refugee who created a treatment for osteoarthritis and the daughter of Vietnamese refugees who is a senior in a California college.

Perhaps his most embarrassing experience was bumping into Ivanka Trump at the Congressional picnic on the South Lawn of the White House. That would be a literal “bump”—while he was carrying a big cast iron pot of chicken! “While turning to take the pot back to get it refilled, I ‘slightly bumped’ a lady on the arm. Thinking she was a Congressman, I was going to apologize when I looked up and saw it was not a Congressman…it was Ivanka Trump!” Gosselin said. Happily, he is able to report that she was very gracious to him.

Gosselin is very interested in transforming the economy of Haiti. The GMV Project, as he calls it, grew out of the Missions in Management organization at FHU and was founded by Gosselin. The goal is to create a fund that will foster business opportunity and investment in Haiti.

Getting a close-up view of life in the White House, has inspired Gosselin to consider trying his own hand at politics. Taking his cue from former President Ronald Reagan, he is currently traveling the country as “The Aspirational Storyteller” and is the president of Tri-County Investments in Midwest City, Oklahoma. His long-range plan includes broadening his knowledge of the United States by living in various sections of the country and experiencing various levels of poverty and economic opportunity.

“This will allow me to better understand the thought processes of the American people I may not currently understand,” Gosselin said. “I will gain insight into how they think, why they think that way, and their day-to-day struggles.”

The whole experience of “putting himself in others’ shoes,” he feels will enable him “to best serve the American people.”