A Capital Experience

Bauer College Sends Undergraduate Students to Washington, D.C., for Semester Internships

Published on January 19, 2023

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Six undergraduate students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston will spend 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 next four months in a range of organizations, including the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, the Securities Exchange Commission, the U.S. House of Representatives and various non-profits.

Administrators from the Bauer in D.C. Fellowship Program selected undergraduates Fayha Iqbal, Maryam Alghafir, Kavi Kohli, Lindsay Klotz, Yash Dhanji and Karenina Urquieta through a competitive application process. The students represent the 11th class of the fellowship program.

“The Spring 2023 Bauer in D.C. Fellows are settling into their new Washington, D.C., home, and are excited for the experiences they will have this spring,” Bauer Honors Academic Advisor & Bauer in D.C. Fellowship Program Director Colleen Davies said. “We have no doubt they will leave a positive mark on our nation’s capital and continue to pave the way for future Bauer in D.C. Fellows.”

Maryam Alghafir
Management Senior

Maryam Alghafir is an Intergovernmental Affairs intern this semester. In her role, she will meet with elected leaders on policy issues, draft memos and meeting materials, and monitor state and local legislation.

Goal for the semester: Explore Washington D.C. and build new connections

Photo: Maryam Alghafir

Yash Dhanji
Finance Sophomore

Yash Dhanji will intern in Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives in the office of Congressman John Carter of Texas’ 31st district. Congressman Carter is a current member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee and the Defense Subcommittee for the House Committee on Appropriations.

Goal for the semester: Take advantage of firsthand exposure to the foundation of the nation’s legal system

Photo: Yash Dhanji

Fayha Iqbal
Management Information Systems and Marketing Junior

Fayha Iqbal will intern this semester with the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. This committee manages legislation on a variety of issues, including banking, insurance, financial markets, securities, housing, urban development, mass transit, international trade and finance, and economic policy.

Goal for the semester: Gain a more comprehensive understanding of the legislative process and topics within the committee’s purview

Photo: Fayha Iqbal

Lindsay Klotz
Management and Marketing Junior

Lindsay Klotz will intern this semester with Becky’s Fund. Becky’s Fund is a non-profit organization focused on ending domestic violence through education, advocacy, and service. Klotz will be working in communications and development.

Goal for the semester: Expand marketing knowledge in a non-profit and explore D.C.

Photo: Lindsay Klotz

Kavi Kohli
Finance Junior

Kavi Kohli will intern this semester with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in its Division of Economic Risk and Analysis (DERA). DERA combines financial economics with data analysis and is involved with every SEC activity such as policy and rulemaking, examination, and enforcement. Kohli will be conducting research, drafting reports, and expanding his finance and economic knowledge.

Goal for the semester: Experience the intersection of government and business and represent Bauer and UH in the capital

Photo: Kavi Kohli

Karenina Urquieta
Finance and Management Junior

Karenina Urquieta is excited to be embarking on this journey exploring our nation’s capital and getting to know everything this city has to offer.

Goal for the semester: Find an internship on the hill and learn more about how she can use her business degree in new ways

Photo: Karenina Urquieta