Archer Fellows serve in Washington internships
Eleven students from University of Texas System campuses are serving as interns this fall at government agencies and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C., as part of the Archer Fellows program.
This is the second semester that the UT System's Bill Archer Center has sent students to the capital to gain experience in public service through the Bill Archer Fellowship Program. Nine of this fall's students are from The University of Texas at Austin and two are from UT El Paso. Students from additional UT System institutions will participate in future semesters.
"As we expand the program to include more fellowships, we will be seeking participants from all UT System campuses, including both the academic and the health institutions," said William H. Shute, the system's vice chancellor for federal relations. "There are many university internship programs in Washington, but we are proud that ours has an academic component as well as an employment component."
In addition to working at government agencies or non-profit organizations, the Archer Fellows attend classes and special programs at the UT System's Office of Federal Relations in Washington. The Bill Archer Center, named for the former congressman from Houston, was created last year through private donations.
The Archer Fellows for the fall semester from The University of Texas at Austin are:
- Christina Crimmins, a senior majoring in print journalism with a minor in history. She has worked for The Austin-American Statesman, where she was responsible for a regular column on houses of worship in Austin and Central Texas. She is a member of the Longhorn Band. She is a public relations intern at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.
- Irma Espino, a senior majoring in economics. She has been active in the Economics Association and the Economics Honors Society and interned last summer with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. She is a research and policy intern with the National Organization for Women.
- Andrea Guidry, a junior majoring in communication studies and psychology. She has been a senate messenger and a senate journal clerk assistant in the Texas State Senate. She is a Terry Scholar and a volunteer with the Zavala HOSTS program. She is interning with Congressman Kevin Brady's office.
- Alex Hammond, a junior majoring in government and history. He has been involved with The University of Texas at Austin Student Endowed Centennial Lectureship, and he spent last summer at the Yale University Summer Government Scholar Program. He is a White House Intern with the Office of Political Affairs.
- Patrick Hendrix, a senior majoring in economics and government with minors in Spanish and computer science. His academic interests include international trade issues. He is active in the Texas Exes Student Chapter and is a member of the UT Tennis Club. He is interning with the United Nations Information Center.
- Heather Jinkins, a junior majoring in journalism. She has been an intern with the Texas House of Representatives, the Office of the Governor and the Office of the First Lady in Washington. She is interning this fall at Roll Call, a publication that covers congressional issues.
- Karen Kersey, a senior majoring in Spanish and social work. She has been an intern in the children's program of Catholic Charities in Dallas and has been an activist with the Social Work Welfare Alliance. She also has been an intern with Drug Prevention Resources of Irving. This fall, she is an intern with the National Council of La Raza.
- An-Chi Pho, a junior majoring in radio-television-film and public relations. She has worked as a programming assistant at KLRU-TV in Austin and has been a resident assistant in Littlefield Hall. She is an intern at the White House Initiative for Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.
- Christine Powers, a junior majoring in public relations. She is a member of the Association for Women in Communications and has been president, public relations directorm and events director for Beta Alpha Rho Pre-Law Fraternity. She recently was named the Gallup Scholar for UT Austin. She is serving as intern in the Office of the First Lady.