The D.C. Externship Program Gets an Inside Look into the Presidential Transition

Posted on Friday 4/14/2017

The Syracuse University College of Law D.C. Externship Program had the opportunity to learn what it is like to be part of the Presidential Transition from Thomas Beck, a leading attorney in the field of Labor Law.  Beck is Vice President, Labor & Employee Relations for the Hospital Corporation of America, a Fortune 100 company with more than 220,000 employees.  

In December 2016 and January 2017, Beck took a leave from his duties at HCA and worked for the Presidential Transition of Donald Trump.  During his time with the Transition, he recruited and recommended top candidates for 30 presidentially-appointed, senior executive positions in the federal government; advised Transition leadership about workplace policy; and helped a Cabinet nominee prepare for his Senate confirmation hearing.  

Beck gave the participants an “insider’s look” into the most recent Presidential Transition and everything that is involved. Not only did Beck lay out what being part of the transition was like, he also spoke about what qualifications candidates needed to have to be recommended and seriously considered for a part in the administration. Beck gave the participants a chance to experience the time crunch and other stresses that members of the transition team are under each day leading up to inauguration day.