Making Their Mark on Capitol Hill

Published on January 23, 2014

Four Bauer Undergraduates to Spend Spring Semester Interning in Nation’s Capital

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Undergraduates Nancy Valero, Sarah Lastovica, Sravya Chilukuri and Samuel Castillo were selected through a competitive application process to take on full-time internships in Washington, D.C. over the next 12-14 weeks, while earning academic credit toward their degrees.

Four students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston are spending the spring watching the National Mall’s cherry blossoms bloom on their morning commutes, learning the inner workings of finance and management in the nation’s capital as “Bauer in D.C.” interns.

In its second year, the Bauer in D.C. Internship Program gives selected undergraduates the opportunity to take their education outside the classroom and experience business in Washington, D.C.

Undergraduates Samuel Castillo, Sravya Chilukuri, Sarah Lastovica and Nancy Valero will earn academic credit for their time in D.C., while experiencing the various branches of government agencies and companies through internships.

Valero, a senior and double major in finance and marketing, is interning at the Financial Services Roundtable with the hope of becoming more engaged in the financial industry.

“I hope to obtain a deeper understanding of the financial world and how policies and procedures have a rippling effect on the rest of the economy,” Valero said. “Bauer in D.C. is a program that will help me develop myself while I represent UH and Bauer.”

Students have been preparing for the internships inside and out. Lastovica, a senior who will be working at the nonprofit Points of Light, has spent her time preparing through classes at Bauer College that equip her with a larger skill set, and Chilukuri has been researching her internship’s industry, oil and gas.

“Bauer has prepared me by providing valuable courses about the oil and gas industry, leadership involvement, as well as supportive faculty,” Chilukuri said.

The students expect more from the program than just an internship. Castillo, a management information systems senior, hopes to diversify his skills through working at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and become more independent while living away from home.

Lastovica also hopes to gain more from the internship and the time outside of Texas.

Points of Light consists of three major programs with the mission of inspiring and equipping people to take action in their communities and around the world – a perfect place to explore the workings of nonprofits.

“I hope to gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits work,” Lastovica said. “I want to experience life outside of Houston.”

The college has provided the students with pocket cameras to document their experiences, and every month, a new video sharing their time in D.C. as it happens will be posted on Bauer College YouTube page.

By Ann Lynd