An exciting summer interning for OMWC scholars


Debra Whitley (bottom right) and her fellow Southwest interns

Debra Whitley, a senior Integrated Marketing and Communications major, was able to intern with Southwest Airlines this summer in Dallas, Texas. During her 3 months as an intern, Debra worked with the Southwest marketing team and helped create campaigns for their Rapid Rewards program! With the exciting and laidback environment at Southwest, Debra was able to enjoy a high-energy work place and cultivate important skills for her future in marketing. Not only was Debra able to travel over 14,000 miles during her internship, but she was also awarded the “Fun-Luving Attitude” award by her fellow interns!

What could be better for a Public Policy Leadership and Political Science major than to intern with a congressman? Luckily for Caleb Pracht, he got to do just that this summer! Caleb was able to intern Congressman Jim Cooper in Nashville, where he reported daily events to the congressman, sat in on meetings, and wrote policy memos. For Caleb, this internship has given him a lot of experience in politics, as well as further develop his writing skills. While Caleb wasn’t a huge fan of the rush hour traffic in Nashville, his favorite part was meeting with shipping industry lobbyists on a tugboat!

Public Policy Leadership major Bridges Lamar was fortunate to intern for the House Committee on homeland Security this summer! Under the leadership of Chairman Michael McCaul, Bridges had a number of tasks, ranging from compiling media on homeland security, attending committee hearings, and drafting press releases. As a student who loves to be challenged, Bridges found the Washington, DC office to be just the place for her! And with her new found interest in communications, Bridges is excited to see what her future holds for her, maybe even
back in Washington, DC!


Bridges Lamar and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul.