Well, Obama said that public service would be exciting, at least to the young, and that campaign promise is being fulfilled by what one hopes is the new "civic generation."
Politico reports that the new spirit of service has inspired thousands more to serve in Washington:
Every summer, about 20,000 college students descend upon Washington for
internships; roughly 6,000 of them occupy posts on Capitol Hill. But
forces have coalesced this year to make for an intern summer like no
Hill offices, federal agencies and political organizations across the
spectrum of Washington report a surge in applicants and the numbers of
interns they’ve taken on this summer. Not only that, but eager
up-and-comers are increasingly willing to ply the dark, obscure corners
of the federal government for summer employment.
A recent poll of interns conducted by The Washington Center for
Internships and Academic Seminars credits Obama for much of this: 65
percent of intern respondents were more interested in entering
government this year because of him.