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Undergraduate Students to Live and Learn in Nation’s Capital in Spring 2024

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There’s no better way to learn how business and government come together than immersing yourself in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.

This spring, that’s exactly what four undergraduate students from Bauer College will do, spending the spring semester interning in Washington, D.C., through the college’s Bauer in D.C. Fellowship Program.

The students will live and work in full-time internships in the nation’s capital for the entire spring semester in several organizations, including the Office of the Inspector General, the Peace Corps and the Cornerstone Government Affairs group.

This year's Bauer in D.C. Fellowship students are undergraduates Katherine Said, Joshua Chavez, Emily Poff and Samantha Covarrubias, representing the 12th class of the fellowship program.

To prepare for the semester, the students, who were selected last May, participated in a series of workshops and orientation sessions led by Bauer Honors Academic Advisor & Bauer in D.C. Fellowship Program Director Colleen Davies, who also helped them identify and secure internship placements.

“We are extremely proud of the four outstanding students who make up the 12th cohort of the Bauer in D.C. Fellowship Program,” Davies said. “Emily, Katherine, Samantha and Joshua are excited to represent Bauer College and the University of Houston as the Spring 2024 Bauer in D.C. Fellows. Through their internship experiences, they will witness the intersection of business and government and pave the way for future Bauer students in Washington, D.C.”

Meet the Fellows

Joshua Chavez

Joshua Chavez
Finance Senior

With community service being a huge part of his life, Chavez is looking forward to experiencing professional and personal growth as he has exposure to and learns about the financial management matters of such a prominent organization.  

Chavez will intern with the Peace Corps in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

Emily Poff
Supply Chain Mgmt. Senior

Poff is looking forward to returning to Washington, D.C. for another internship in Spring 2024.

Building on her experience at the Department of State, Poff hopes to learn more about international relations and programming through her work as well as through volunteering as an English Conversation Tutor at the Washington English Center.

Katherine Said
Accounting Junior

Said hopes to gain insight into business in government objectives while exploring D.C. and representing UH and Bauer. 

Said will intern in the audits group of the Office of the Inspector General within the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Samantha Covarrubias

Samantha Covarrubias
Marketing Junior

Covarrubias looks forward to learning more about the operations and business development objectives of the government relations industry while representing Bauer in D.C.

Covarrubias will intern with the Cornerstone Government Affairs group.