Four Bauer Undergraduates Selected for
Inaugural Semester of Internship Program
For the first time, students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston have the opportunity through the college to intern in the nation’s capital for a semester.
This week, four Bauer students settled into their new digs in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural Bauer in D.C. Internship Program. Undergraduates Jason John, Vanessa Salinas, Nadine Tavera and Tracy Do were selected through a competitive application process to take on full-time internships over the next 12-14 weeks, while earning academic credit toward their degrees.
After being admitted into the program, the students worked with Bauer staff, and WISH Internship partners, to discuss possible organizations with which to intern. Do and Salinas will work for the Housing Policy Council and the Communications Department, respectively, of The Financial Services Roundtable. John will intern with the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Tavera will work in the Minority and Women Inclusion Office of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
“Our mission is to provide our students with the skills they need to create opportunities for themselves and others,” Dean Latha Ramchand said. “I couldn’t be happier to know that four of these students will be representing the Bauer College in Washington, D.C., this semester and look forward to hearing from them throughout their internships.”
The college partnered with Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH Internships) to find Capitol Hill housing locations for the students near Congress, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the National Mall and museums and art galleries.
“Bauer is on the lookout for great opportunities for our students and we feel this D.C. internship and academic experience could be life changing for those who participate,” said Colleen Davies, an academic advisor for Bauer Honors who helped to coordinate the program.
Salinas, who studies management information systems (MIS) in the Bauer College, said she is excited to represent the college and apply what she has learned in the classroom during her semester in D.C.
“Bauer has made me believe firmly in my goals and has provided me ample opportunities to achieve them,” she added. “I get to demonstrate the knowledge Bauer has provided to me in one of the most monumental places in America. For me, it is a great honor to represent our college in a different environment.”
In addition to their respective internships, the students will be in the area to witness the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 21. The college has provided the students with pocket cameras to document their experiences, and every two weeks, a new video sharing their time in D.C. as it happens will be posted on Bauer College YouTube page.
By Amanda Sebesta