Congratulations to the 2013 White House summer interns, emerging victorious from a rigorous application process involving the submission of a résumé, letters of recommendation, and, ideally, being related to a former member of the president's cabinet.
This is an exaggeration, of course. Of the 148 interns selected (full list here), only one is the child of a former cabinet member. As the Washington Post noted, that lucky intern is Harry Summers, son of Larry Summers, who will spend his merry summer patrolling the same halls his father once did. (It's not clear if Harry Summers would have been as successful had he been born female.)
All of the other 147 interns got there without knowing anyone special. Except the sons of staffers for Vice President Joe Biden and President Bill Clinton. And the children of megadonors Steven Rattner and Timothy Broas. And the son of the owner of the Nationals and the son of a major contributor to disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. Everyone else though, probably totally got in through grit and hustle. (Two interns have parents on city councils in Atlanta and Concord, Mass., but that probably didn't do a whole lot.)