The Austin College Center for Southwestern & Mexican Studies awards summer internships each year to a number of students who have an interest in the historical, cultural, social, economic, and political issues between Mexico and the southwestern United States—and Texas in particular.
On October 22, the 2019 interns made presentations to faculty and fellow students about their summer experiences. Students and their internship sites follow:
- Abiel Cardenas-Botello ’21 of Brownsville, Texas; Outreach Paraguay;
- Anthony Cooper ’21 of Grand Prairie, Texas; College Archives, Austin College Abell Library;
- Karina Duran ’21 of Houston, Texas; RAICES–Refugee And Immigrant Center for Education and legal Services, Austin, Texas;
- Kat Forbus ’20 of Plano, Texas; Sam Rayburn Museum, Bonham, Texas;
- Andrea Montiel ’21 of Houston, Texas; Autonomous University of Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico;
- Rachel Oney ’20 of Dallas, Texas; Sherman Museum, Sherman, Texas;
- Krista Rodriguez ’21 of Dallas, Texas; Latino Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas;
- Jaran Rudd ’21, of Austin, Texas; Autonomous University of Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico;
- Mahaa Siddiqui ’20 of Murphy, Texas; Outreach Paraguay;
- Megan Slaughter ’20 of Allen, Texas; Autonomous University of Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico; and
- Stephanie Vera ’22 of Houston, Texas; Institute of Hispanic Culture, Houston, Texas.
Internships at The Sherman Museum and the Sam Rayburn Museum are filled each summer. The other internship sites may be proposed by the interns and approved by the center director. Students must devote June 1 through July 30 to the internship with no other employment or coursework commitments in that period. See more information on internship availability.
Internships were made possible with grants from the Summerfield G. Roberts Foundation of Dallas, the U.S. Department of Education, and the following Austin College endowed funds: The Joe R. & Theresa Lozano Long Endowed Internship in Southwestern and Mexican Studies, The Joe K. and Beth Abercrombie Bailey Endowed Internship in Southwest and Mexican Studies, The Erwin E. Smith Endowed Internship for The Sherman Museum, and Edward Hake Phillips Endowed Internship.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 50 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and more than 100 expert faculty members allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. This year, the campus recognizes 100 years of co-education and has had several opportunities to recognize the history of women and accomplishments of current alumnae. Austin College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.