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WTAMU Student In Washington, D.C. as Intern for Thornberry

Jan. 22, 2014

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Student In Washington, D.C. as Intern for Thornberry

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University student Aurora Ortiz is getting a behind-the-scenes look at Washington, D.C., this semester as an intern in the Office of U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas.

Thornberry’s Congressional and Public Policy Internship provides student interns a chance to experience the day-to-day operations in the administrative, legislative and communication branches of the office. It runs through mid-May and during that time, Ortiz, a political science and advertising/public relations double major, also will participate in two independent stuAurora Ortizdies during her stay. She will earn credit on an essay for political science and for writing a blog for the mass communication department. In addition to her work as an intern and her studies, Ortiz will have the chance to participate in the many opportunities available throughout the city.

“I’ve always loved political science, and I’m so excited about being in Washington, D.C.,” Ortiz said. “Being Hispanic, I feel we need more Hispanic representation, and that is the main reason for seeking this internship. It will help me follow a political career path of my own.”

Ortiz will return to WTAMU one day before her graduation in May, and after that she plans to get busy with that political career path. She hopes to get into campaign management and hopes to one day be a congresswoman or senator in either Austin or Washington, D.C.

In the meantime her main responsibilities as an intern include helping with Capitol tours, answering incoming calls and assisting with correspondence and day-to-day duties like filing and running errands, among other tasks.

“I am so grateful for this opportunity,” she said. “I’m the first in my family to move so far away, and I couldn’t have done it without help from the provost office, mass communication and political science.”

Ortiz, the daughter of Ramon and Betty Ortiz of Hereford, is an active member of the WTAMU campus. She is a founding member of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, where she has served in various capacities including vice president of public relations and recruitment. She serves on the University’s Leadership Board and is a four-time recipient of the Leadership Board Award. Ortiz also is active in the Order of Omega, Politics, Bureaucracy and Justice Society, Student Alumni Board and WTAMU Student Government. She has been honored as a Woman of the Year nominee and is the recipient of a Student Government Leadership Scholarship for the past three years.

For more information about internship opportunities available at WTAMU, visit wtamu.edu/DCinternship.



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Victoria M.
on 1.29.2014

That is amazing. Super congratulations. Enjoy your internship and may you continue to flourish through your journey.

Sherri McIlroy
on 1.23.2014

Way to go Aurora. I am so proud of you. Keep up the good work. Remember, I am still praying for you. Love ya, gal. Sherri