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Texas Tech Selects Congressional Interns

Twelve students named to serve as congressional interns during the Fall 2009 semester.

Written by Allison Matherly

Spring 2009 Congressional Interns

Students will have the opportunity to work with senators and representatives from around the area. Pictured above are Texas Tech Congressional Interns from the spring 2009 class. Click to Enlarge Image.

The Office of the President at Texas Tech sponsors and provides the scholarships for the Congressional Internship Program. As participants in the program, students observe how the government functions while working for senators and representatives. Students are selected through an interview process to complete an internship in the nation’s capital in the fall or spring.

“In many cases, our internship program has been a life-changing experience for the students,” said President Bailey. “Regardless of their career choice, the students will benefit from the experience of seeing first-hand how the political process will affect their futures.”

The new interns include:

  • David Abercia, a secondary education masters student from Houston, working in the office of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes of El Paso.
  • Austin Carrizales, a senior political science major from Lubbock, working in the office of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo.
  • Megan Carpenter, a junior communications major from Arlington, working in the office of U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson.
  • Dwight Clark, a senior health, exercise and sport science major from Houston, working in the office of U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.
  • Charles Entsminger, a senior communications major from Plano, working in the office of U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson of Plano.
  • Kristy French, a senior economics major from Victoria, working in the office of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.
  • Samuel Heinz, a junior Spanish major from San Antonio, working in the office of U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez of San Antonio.
  • Cole Moore, a junior international business major from Houston, working in the office of U.S. Rep. John Carter of Round Rock.
  • Erica Parten, a senior journalism major from Plano, working in the office of U.S. Rep. Kay Granger of Fort Worth.
  • Vanessa Ruiz, a senior marketing and political science major from Levelland, working in the office of U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith of San Antonio.
  • Garrett Salzman, a junior advertising major from San Antonio, working in the office of U.S. Rep. Charles Gonzalez of San Antonio.
  • Justin Winn, a junior political science major from Lubbock, working in the office of U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Lubbock.
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One Response to “Texas Tech Selects Congressional Interns”

  1. christina carrizales Says:

    my son is austin carrizales and one of this years interns. i would like to say that this program is very rewarding to him. he has already witnessed many little pieces of history while in washington dc. he was able to see ted kennedys procession on capital hill and looks forward to being a part of history. i also want to say that the schooling he received in lubbock, first at lubbock high school and then at texas tech has prepared him for this service opportunity. thanks texas tech for preparing and giving my son this service opportunity.
    christina carrizales

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