The Spring 2023 Bauer in D.C. fellows are back.
Bauer in D.C. Fellowship Program Bi-Annual Newsletter: June 2023, Issue No. 3


All About the Bauer in D.C. Fellowship Program

Photos: Bauer Interns in D.C.

The Bauer in D.C. Fellowship Program is a competitive academic and professional experience in Washington, D.C. This experiential learning program sends outstanding undergraduate students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business to Washington, D.C. to live, learn, and intern during the spring semester. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity provides students with valuable work experience and gives them the opportunity to earn academic credit while living in one of the most dynamic cities in the U.S.



Photo: Collen Davies

Director's Note

At the close of the spring 2023 semester, the 11th cohort of the Bauer in D.C. Fellowship Program returned to Texas. Over the course of their time in D.C., they explored their new city, went outside their comfort zone to embrace new experiences, and engaged in meaningful professional opportunities in the executive branch, a federal agency, a non-profit, and on Capitol Hill. Please read below to hear from the Spring 2023 Bauer in D.C. Fellows about their adventures in Washington, D.C.

- Colleen Davies



The Spring 2023 Bauer in D.C. Fellows Are Back!

After an action packed semester in our Nation’s Capital, the Spring 2023 Fellows have returned to Texas. Continue scrolling to read highlights from their experience in Washington, D.C.

Maryam Alghafir

Internship: White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

Photos: Maryam Alghafir in D.C.

"This past semester, I interned with the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. I had the opportunity to see the intersection of federal government and state, local, and tribal governments. Highlights included attending the Spring Garden Tours, Easter Egg Roll, and meeting the President, Vice President, and First Lady. My biggest takeaway is to take the time to meet new people and form a long-lasting network of friends and mentors."

Yash Dhanji

Internship: U.S. Congressman John Carter (TX-31)

Photos: Yash Dhanji in D.C.

"D.C. is a very well-rounded city. Whether it's sporting events, museums, restaurants, or everything in between, D.C. has it all. My internship also played a massive role in my overall experience in D.C. The people in my office created a work environment that made me excited to go to work each day. This was my first experience working full-time and in-person, and it is safe to say that it set the bar high for future endeavors."

Fayha Iqbal

Internship: U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

Photos: Fayha Iqbal in D.C.

"My time in Washington, D.C. was eye-opening. I learned a lot about myself and now know that I am capable of much more than I thought I was. I also understand the kind of skills and experiences I need to have in order to thrive on the Hill. Most importantly, I grew to love the city. From the museums and architecture to the restaurants and theaters, Washington D.C. has so much to offer."

Kavi Kholi

Internship: SEC, Division of Economic Analysis

Photos: Kavi Kholi in D.C.

"My experience in D.C. catalyzed my personal and professional growth. In addition to working for one of the country's most influential organizations, I experienced what it was like to live on my own, away from my home. On a professional level, D.C. is a great city to meet and network. Living in D.C. and not knowing that many people taught me to put myself out of my comfort zone. I'm incredibly grateful to the Bauer College of Business for granting me this opportunity!"

Lindsay Klotz

Internship: Becky’s Fund

Photos: Lindsay Klotz in D.C.

"From my semester, I have grown as an individual and in my career interests. This experience has taught me how to be braver and put myself in new situations I would have never thought to try before. Also, working in D.C. has confirmed my passion for service-oriented work where I can use my education to empower others."

Karenina Urquieta

Internship: U.S. Congressman Pat Fallon (TX-4)

Photos: Karenina Urquieta in D.C.

"This past semester I had the pleasure of working with Texas Congressman Fallon in the U.S. House of Representatives. I was able to attend briefings and hearings ranging from the war in Ukraine to how public libraries and the armed services are helping promote small businesses. I met Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator John Cornyn and Paris Hilton, among others. I also had an amazing time exploring the East Coast. I loved getting to know my cohort and seeing all the rich history in our nation’s capital."



Bauer in D.C. Alumni Spotlight:

Tracy Do – Spring 2013 Fellow – Inaugural Class

Photos: Tracy Do Collage

Graduation Year: Spring 2015

Bauer in D.C. Internship: Financial Services Roundtable, Housing Policy Council

Favorite Bauer in D.C. Memory:
"My favorite Bauer in D.C. memory was attending the inauguration in 2013. Regardless of political affiliation, to be a first-generation American, watching a president be sworn-in, while living on Capitol Hill, was monumental. The crowd was electric and I was living out my parents’ American dream!"

While in D.C., you must …
"Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way but also be ambitious in creating opportunities for yourself. Network, ask all the questions (big or small), and get comfortable with being outside your comfort zone. There is room at the table for everyone to succeed- don’t forget to pay it forward!"

How Bauer in D.C. changed your future goals or trajectory?
"Bauer in D.C. helped shape me into the person that I am today, both professionally and personally. Prior to D.C., I wasn’t involved in campus life. I was on autopilot, commuting to and from campus daily without any other purpose than to finish my degree. It wasn’t until Bauer in D.C. that my perspective changed. Bauer in D.C. forced me outside of my comfort zone and taught me that if I truly wanted to thrive, I had to be relentless in the pursuit of my goals. Which meant I had to shed all my fears of failure! I had incredible mentors in D.C. that helped me step into my potential and encouraged me to take up space and have my voice heard. After returning home from D.C., I continued to take giant leaps of faith. I became more involved in organizations, I networked and met my amazing circle of lifelong friends, secured multiple job offers before graduation and forged my own career path."

Since Bauer in D.C. …
"I completed my goal of visiting all 50 states before the age of 30! While I was living in D.C., I would take the train to the neighboring states with my Bauer in D.C. roommates to explore and often spent weekends sightseeing alone. It sparked my love of travel and one day, at the cherry blossom festival, I was inspired to set the goal to see all 50 states before turning 30. I wasn’t sure how I was going to complete it, but if living in D.C. taught me anything, it was that if there’s a will, there’s a way. I finished in March this year with a visit to Hawaii with my family!"



Meet the Spring 2024 Fellows

We are already preparing for another great semester in Washington, D.C.! We are excited to introduce our Spring 2024 Bauer in D.C. Fellows:

Joshua Chavez

Major: Finance
Anticipated Graduation Year: Spring 2024
Areas of Interest for D.C. Internship: Financial Services, Congressional Internship, Non-profits focusing on supporting minorities, International Relations
Organizations of Interest: Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve, The White House, Congress (House of Representatives or Senate)

Photo: Joshua Chavez

Samantha Covarrubias

Major: Marketing
Anticipated Graduation Year: Spring 2025
Areas of interest for your D.C. internship: Human Rights, International Relations, Congressional Internships
Organizations of Interest: The White House, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, Center for Strategic and International Studies, U.S. State Department, Smithsonian Institute

Photo: Samantha Covarrubias

Emily Poff

Major: Supply Chain Management
(Minor): Global Engagement and Research
Anticipated Graduation Year: Spring 2024
Areas of interest for my internship: International Business/Logistics, International Relations, Congressional Internship, Non-profits focusing on climate change and sustainable urban development, Women’s Rights
Organizations of interest: The White House, U.S. Department of Commerce, Peace Corps, U.S. State Department, The Chamber of Commerce

Photo: Emily Poff

Katherine Said

Major: Accounting
Anticipated Graduation Year: Spring 2025
Areas of interest for your D.C. internship: International Relations, Congressional Internship, Financial Services, Law
Organizations of Interests: The White House, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. State Department, World Affairs Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Securities and Exchange Commission, American Bar Association

Photo: Katherine Said



Is your D.C. Organization Hiring Spring 2024 Interns?

Our Bauer in D.C. Fellows are ready to interview!

The Bauer in D.C. Fellows are currently applying for Spring 2024 internships in Washington, D.C. If your D.C.-based organization is looking for Spring 2024 interns or will be looking for Spring 2024 interns soon, we'd love to connect with you!

To connect, please reach out to Bauer in D.C. Program Director, Colleen Davies at



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