Erin Fluke, a 2008 graduate of West Brook High School and a double major in business honors and finance at Texas A&M University, recently began a summer 2011 internship in Washington, D.C. Erin will spend the summer as an integral part of the Department of Commerce's Office of Strategic Partneships.
Erin is one of fifteen students selected for a policy intership through the Public Policy Internship Program (PPIP) at Texas A&M University. Erin's duties include interacting with stakeholders, attending hearings and briefings, preparing reports, and researching policy issues for senior staff members. Erin is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randy and Emily Fluke.
"This internship gives our students the opportunity to utilize what they've learned in the classroom and apply it in a real life setting. Not only will this D.C. experience be attractive to future employers, but our students are also providing valuable assistance to the officers in which they intern." says Heather Wheeler, interim director of policy internships at Texas A&M.
This program is in it's eleventh year of sending students toWashington, D.C. to work in policy-related organizations such as governmental offices, think-tanks, and nonprofits. Since its inception, more than 400 Aggies have worked in Washington through the program. Each student receives course credit for their internship as well as a scholarship. To learn more about Erin and her experiences, please visit the program's website at http://ppip.tamu.edu  .