Jamie Bitzenhofer of Whitehouse and David Harper Brown of Plano, both students at The University of Texas at Tyler, are conducting internships in Washington, D.C. this fall through the Bill Archer Fellow Program.
The Bill Archer Fellowship was established by UT System in conjunction with Former U. S. Representative Bill Archer as a way to bring highly motivated and accomplished students to Washington D.C. to participate in varied internships and take part in classes focusing on policy, economics and persuasion.
Both students will intern full-time and earn 12 semester credit hours.
Bitzenhofer is a UT Tyler senior double-majoring in English and political science. She is interning in the Office of South Central European Affairs of the Department of State, where she complies and interprets news and information about various European countries.
Bitzenhofer said she plans to attend graduate school and work in academia.
Brown is a UT Tyler senior double-majoring in political science and international relations. He is interning with the Center for American Progress’ campus outreach group Campus Progress, where he works on issue campaigns such as the Iraq war, climate change and civil rights in promoting participation among college and university students around the country. Brown also maintains an Internet blog and writes feature articles at www.campusprogress.org.
He said he plans to attend graduate school next fall and pursue a career in the international service field.
To be considered for the program, both interns were required to apply, maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher, have completed basic government requirements, write two essays, show letters of recommendations and interview with a panel. After being chosen, the students wrote multiple essays and completed more applications for the internships they applied for in Washington, D.C.
For more information, visit www.archercenter.org.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.