TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SELECTS CONGRESSIONAL INTERNS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 17, 2005
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons, scott.slemmons@ttu.edu

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SELECTS CONGRESSIONAL INTERNS

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech University has named 10 students to serve as Congressional interns for 2005.

The Office of the President at Texas Tech sponsors and provides the scholarships for the Congressional internship program. As participants in the program, students can 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 Jon Whitmore, president of Texas Tech University. “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:

• Joshua J. Baca, a senior political science major from Las Vegas, N.M., who will work in the office of U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson of Albuquerque, N.M.
• Catherine Cardona, a senior political science major from Mathis, who will work in the office of U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant of Irving.
• Neal Carlton, an economics graduate student from Georgetown, who will work in the office of U.S. Rep. John Carter of Round Rock.
• Candice Griswold, a senior finance (real estate) and Spanish major from Denton, who will work in the office of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina.
• Mark Hopper, a senior finance and economics major from Arlington, who will work in the office of U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Lubbock.
• Jennifer Justice, a senior sociology and criminology major from Richardson, who will work in the office of U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston.
• Leticia Leyva, a senior microbiology and chemistry major from Roby, who will work in the office of U.S. Rep. Kay Granger of Fort Worth.
• Jonathan Platt, a junior accounting major from Richardson, who will work in the office of U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith of San Antonio.
• Wendi Skloss, a junior political science and English major from Mission, who will work in the office of U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla of San Antonio.
• Rebekah Wilks, a junior cell and molecular biology major from Slaton, who will work in the office of U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

More information about Texas Tech's internship program is available at http://www.congressionalintern.ttu.edu.