Five Bauer Students to Experience Life in Nation’s Capital Through Bauer in D.C. Internship Program
Five undergraduate students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston will spend the spring semester in Washington, D.C., through the college’s Bauer in D.C. Internship Program.
The students moved to the nation’s capital earlier last week and will take on full-time internships for the next three months in several D.C. offices, including the White House and the Financial Services Roundtable.
Undergraduates Maycie George, Rebecca Negri, Himy Beyene, Joshua Ferguson and Daniel Ortiz were selected through a competitive application process to participate as the fourth class of Bauer in D.C. interns. (See previous intern experiences here.)
To prepare for this spring, the students, who were selected last May, participated in a series of workshops and orientation sessions led by Bauer Student Engagement Program Manager Sarayu Sundar and Bauer Honors Academic Advisor Colleen Davies, who also helped the students identify and secure internship placements.
“The purpose of the program is to provide outstanding Bauer undergraduate students with an opportunity to live, learn and intern in Washington, D.C.,” Davies said. “Students intern full-time at the organization of their choosing, while taking classes toward their degrees. Many of the organizations in which they work are government agencies, trade organizations or non-profits. We hope to instill a love of public service within the students.”
In addition to practical work experience, the students also stand to gain valuable life skills this semester, Sundar said.
“I hope that they’ll come home from D.C. having grown personally and professionally,” she said. “I want them to challenge themselves, push outside of their comfort zone, and recognize that, like all Bauer students, their hard work and skills can take them anywhere they want to go.”
The students will document their time in D.C. on social media using #BauerinDC16. Photos and videos from the students will be posted once a month this semester on WhereAwesomeHappens.com.
Internship: The White House, Office of Scheduling and Advance
Maycie George will intern this spring in The White House’s Office of Scheduling and Advance, where she will be responsible for assisting in preparation of President Barack Obama’s travel, and she will also process all the gifts that the First Family receives on a trip.
“I hope to learn as much as I can about the ins and outs of the office,” she said. “My other goals include meeting as many people as possible — getting to know who they are and what they do, and building a connection with them. I also intended to network with people outside of my team and explore the different facets of the offices. And, most of all, I intend to enjoy the experience.”
Marketing and Management Junior
Internship: Financial Services Roundtable
Rebecca Negri plans to claim her independence in the nation’s capital.
“Moving across the country is probably a more extreme way to be independent, but I want to gain experience in different types of businesses and learn how to adapt in a new environment,” Negri said. “I want to immerse myself in a different culture. I want to push myself to overcome obstacles that I haven’t faced before, such as working with multiple projects of multiple levels of importance on multiple deadlines.”
She will be an intern in the Financial Services Roundtable’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program and charged with researching, analyzing and summarizing articles for the program’s current initiatives. She’ll also handle event logistics, writing assignments and presentations, serving as her supervisor’s “right-hand woman.”
Supply Chain Management Senior
Internship: Congressman Andre Carson, 7th District of Indiana Office
As a 2016 Bauer in D.C. intern, Himy Beyene is ready to put in the hard work to gain personal growth.
Beyene will intern this spring with Congressman Andre Carson from the 7th District of Indiana.
“I hope to learn and master working with professionals, depending on myself, managing money well so I can support myself, living with others and many more skills,” she added. “I can easily say that all the classes that I have been taking at Bauer College, as well as the Ted Bauer Leadership Certificate Program and my work study job have made such a difference in life.”
Accounting and Finance Senior
Internship: The White House, Office of the First Lady
Joshua Ferguson is up for a challenge.
This spring, he will be a correspondence intern for The White House in the Office of the First Lady.
“Bauer has taught me to not look for handouts, but to reach forward with my own conviction and chase my dreams. This has allowed me to become the student I am today and to earn every experience thus far,” Ferguson said. “Also, the network Bauer has allowed me to build provides me not just networking skills, but a group of people that support me — from professors, faculty, classmates and student organizations — to lean on and pull from our experiences we share to get through any hardship.”
Supply Chain Management Senior
Internship: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Ortiz will intern this spring with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service as their HACU intern.
“This is an amazing opportunity for me to grow. I want to navigate what it’s like to be a young professional in a new city because chances are, that’s what’s in store after graduation,” he said. “There’s a magnetism to this city, and the network and resources that Bauer provides are unparalleled.”
By Amanda Sebesta