Two WTAMU Students and One Alumna Named Interns in Washington, D.C.

Jan. 29, 2015

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Two WTAMU Students and One Alumna Named Interns in Washington, D.C.

CANYON, Texas—Two West Texas A&M University students and a recent graduate are getting behind-the-scene looks at the legislative process this semester as interns in Washington, D.C.

Jayla Lackey, a senior public service and administration major from Amarillo, and Jose Lopez, a  senior management and economics major from Vernon, are working in the Office of U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and alumna Brittany Castillo, a December graduate in corporate communication, is working in the Office of U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, 8th District.

This is the second time for two WTAMU students to be selected at the same time for the Congressional and Public Policy Internship in Thornberry’s office. The internship provides student interns a chance to experience the day-to-day operations in the administrative, legislative and communication branches of the office. They will help with Capitol tours, manage and maintain constituent correspondence and direct calls, emails and letters to a corresponding staffer.

“I look forward to having an opportunity to see first hand how our nation’s leaders operate on a daily basis,” Lackey said. “I believe this experience is a practical learning tool that will allow me to grow in my desired career field of public service and administration.”

This may be the first time for a WTAMU student to work in Brady’s office. Brady, who has offices in Washington, D.C., Conroe and Huntsville, serves as deputy whip, chairman of the Joint Economic Committee and is a senior member of the House, Ways and Means Committee. Castillo will work in his D.C. office interacting with constituents and leading tours.

“A congressional internship with U.S. Representative Kevin Brady is a great opportunity to interact with constituents while using my corporate communications degree,” Castillo said. “I am thrilled to return to D.C. and learn more about how legislative issues influence Texas.”

The internships runs through mid-May and during that time, Lackey, Lopez and Castillo also will have the chance to participate in the many opportunities available throughout the city.

Lackey, who was named Outstanding Political Science Student of 2014, is a member of Mortar Board and Alpha Chi Honor Society. She is a participant in the Rogers LEAD WT program and has been a Resident Assistant on campus since 2012. She serves on numerous committees including the Distinguished Lecture Committee, Student Endowment Committee and Core Curriculum Committee. Her volunteer work includes Snack Pak for Kids and Kids Incorporated.

Lopez is active in WTAMU Student Government and has served as vice president/senate president, president-pro tem, parliamentarian and chair of Rules and Appropriations. He also serves on several University standing committees including parking, residential living, student fee, campus beautification and NCAA student athletes. His volunteer time is given to the Ronald McDonald House.

Castillo is serving her third internship in Washington, D.C. In the summer of 2012, Castillo worked as a social media intern with the National Archives and Records Administration. The following summer she served as a communication intern with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Other internships include a media news intern with KVII TV in Amarillo and a communication and marketing intern with the Office of Communication and Marketing at WTAMU. Castillo is a Honduras Readership Ambassador and a graduate of the Rogers LEAD WT program.

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