What Does Malia Obama Do On The 'Girls' Set? Her Job Isn't As Glamorous As You Might Think
Remember your first internship and the thrill you got from just being out of your parent's house for a few hours a day and interacting with adults who considered you (kinda) useful? I wouldn't put my gig as a lowly assistant to an assistant at a magazine on par with Malia Obama's summer internship at Girls because, Lord knows, she has probably shared breakfast, lunch, and dinner with Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet by now. But her duties as a production intern don't exactly qualify her for a private trailer and, despite what some people might assume, she is working her tail off on the gritty, sticky, smelly New York City summer streets — a far cry from the Kennedy Garden.
Malia, who just turned 17, wants to be a filmmaker when she grows up and she is eagerly starting at the bottom as a production intern, reports Us Weekly. After cutting her teeth last summer as a production assistant for Halle Berry's CBS show Extant, she reportedly chatted Dunham into giving her a chance on Girls and now gets to hang out in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, doing things like getting coffee for the cast and crew and helping to block the public from entering streets during scenes and shoots. I'm not going to lie, hiring the president's daughter to keep people away from a TV set is a little like hiring Angelina Jolie to keep people away from Angelina Jolie, but I love the idea that Malia is being treated like any other intern and not being given special treatment.
A source close to the show's production reportedly revealed to Us Weekly how Malia scored the cool internship:
She’s a fan, and she mentioned that to Lena [Dunham] when she came to the White House. I’m not sure how long she’ll be interning for. It’s a bit of a trial thing for her. They’ve known each other and discussed for a while. Lena and her get along great.
Before now, I didn't think it was possible to feel crazy jealousy for kid who isn't even out of high school yet. There is no confirmation yet about the other tasks the Sidwell Friends School student will be asked to take on this summer, but here's a list of production intern responsibilities provided by HBO in Los Angeles — just in case you were starting to feel bad about yourself:
- Making copies
- Getting coffee
- Answering phones for key executives
- Sitting in on meetings
As for basic requirements for the internship, I've never met Malia, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say she meets and exceeds these expectations:
- Basic office skills – knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, FedEx, etc. – are a must
- Ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about all tasks and will truly be happy to be a part of the team
- He/she is a self-starter (meaning we don’t have to ask them to do something 3 times before it gets done) and isn’t afraid of jumping right in to a pretty fast-moving machine
This will, no doubt, prove to be an amazing and exciting learning experience for Malia. But I just cured by own jealousy by remembering the horror of walking all the way to Starbucks in heels and then realizing I'd never be able to carry all of those coffees back to the office without dropping them all over 57th Street. Coffee runs are no joke.