Inside the Beltway

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Senior Evan Lauderdale gazes through a glass partition at two co-hosts, poised in front of microphones and computers in a Sirius XM recording studio. Six large television screens cover the wall, tuned to news organizations from around the world. The red light above the studio door beams red, signaling the show is live. “This is the Politics Powered by Twitter show; this is Evan,” Lauderdale greets the show’s first radio caller. “Are you ready to go on the air?” Lauderdale, a business administration and political science double major, is an intern for the “Politics Powered by Twitter” program on the POTUS channel – the ‘P’ stands for politics, not president – which airs from 2 to 3 p.m. each weekday. He’s one of several University of Mary Washington students who are interning in Washington, D.C., this semester, in positions from Capitol Hill to government agencies to media organizations. Lauderdale also helps hosts with their blogs and social media content and edits … [Read more...]

Breaking New Ground

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Heading into her senior year, University of Mary Washington classics major Ana Tkabladze had already experienced four archeological digs, including in Spain, Portugal and the Republic of Georgia. But her fieldwork this summer will be hard to top, even for the most seasoned archaeologist. As an intern working with an international team of scientists, Tkabladze witnessed a groundbreaking discovery that may rewrite evolutionary history. “I was at a field school in Dmanisi, Georgia,” said Tkabladze, who has concentration in classical archeology. “It’s a paleolithic site that proves that the first humans out of Africa settled into Georgia.” The discovery of a 1.8 million-year-old hominid skull at the site made international news, including in The New York Times. When Tkabladze was on-site from July to August, researchers were analyzing the skeletal remains. “When my field school started last summer, I was aware that the fifth skull was uncovered on the site and I knew it was … [Read more...]

Cultivating Careers

Becca Bice '13 will intern at National Geographic

When Becca Bice ’13 told her father that she’d earned a nationally competitive internship with National Geographic in the nation’s capital, he was excited and maybe a little jealous. “My dad loves National Geographic. He has had a subscription to the magazine since he was 7 or 8 years old,” said Bice, a geography and English literature double major. She will begin her internship the week after she graduates from the University of Mary Washington in May. At National Geographic, Bice will help promote educational activities through social media. She will write blog entries and conduct research while working with National Geographic staff and the public. She also hopes to make connections and to narrow her career options. “I’m excited to talk to people who have actually pursued geography and have an idea of what I can do with it,” said Bice, who currently is a student aide in the Center for International Education and a Washington Guide giving biweekly tours of campus to … [Read more...]

Cultivating Fresh Opportunities

The farmers market is open every Wednesday afternoon through September

Standing between piles of yellow squash, potatoes and peppers, with the chatter of friendly small talk in the background, Adrian Martinez greets each customer the same way: “Welcome! Is this your first time at the farmers market?” The I-95 corridor seems a world away. In fact, one almost forgets that the farmers market is in the parking lot of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center in the bustling Cosner’s Corner area of Massaponax. Martinez, a University of Mary Washington senior business administration major, is helping oversee the market for the summer. He is one of more than 30 UMW business students who have internships this summer, ranging from positions in sales to marketing to human resources. Although his internship is an unpaid opportunity, Martinez is one of the first three students to receive an internship grant, awarded by UMW’s Office of Career Services. “As a result of donations from alumni, parents and friends, we are now pleased to be able to offer the … [Read more...]