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Ten UT Austin undergraduate students selected for inaugural semester of “UT in D.C. Fellowship” program at Bill Archer Center in Washington, D.C.

Ten undergraduate students from The University of Texas at Austin will be among the first class of fellows to study and intern in Washington, D.C. as part of the Bill Archer Fellows Program. The students will begin their course work on Saturday (Jan. 13).

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AUSTIN, Texas—Ten undergraduate students from The University of Texas at Austin will be among the first class of fellows to study and intern in Washington, D.C. as part of the Bill Archer Fellows Program. The students will begin their course work on Saturday (Jan. 13).

Archer Fellowships, in conjunction with the UT System’s Bill Archer Center initiative, give undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in a unique combination of academic and experiential learning in the nation’s capital. Students will receive up to 15 hours of credit for the entire semester (nine hours of academic course work plus up to six hours of internship credit), keeping them on schedule for graduation and providing an invaluable experience in a real-world environment.

The Archer Fellows Program participants from UT Austin and their internship assignment are:

  • Amanda Buehler, Center for International Policy
  • Andrew Chen, U.S. State Department
  • Thaddeus DeJesus, Roll Call Newspaper
  • Anna Bell Farrar, Democratic Leadership Council
  • Gina Garcia, NBC News DATELINE
  • Jacob Holder, Ketchum Public Relations
  • Rebecca Kruger, Office of Congressman Lloyd Doggett
  • Lori E. Nunan, Federal Communications Commission
  • Lauren Rose, CBS News, political unit
  • Robert Schindler, President’s Commission on Mental Retardation

The academic component of the Archer Fellows Program, named in honor of U.S. Rep. Bill Archer, R-Houston, consists of three classes, providing nine hours of credit. Two short, intensive courses are sandwiched around a semester-long class taught by the program director. Program faculty include Dr. John Daly, Liddell Carter Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the UT Austin College of Communication, and Dr. Brian Roberts, associate dean in the UT Austin College of Liberal Arts. John Mashek, senior advisor to the Pew Foundation, member of The Washington Gridiron and UT Austin lecturer in journalism, will be the program’s faculty director.

The program will be offered year-round and eventually will be expanded to allow students from across The University of Texas System the opportunity to study and intern in Washington DC.

For additional information, contact Matt Berndt, College of Communication, (512) 799-0725.