Record Number of Students Seize Summer Internship Opportunities

CONWAY, Ark. (July 8, 2014) – Eighty-eight Hendrix students are getting a hands-on look at the workplace this summer through internships.

“We have student interns in Ireland and China, as well as Washington, D.C., and right here in our own Conway community,” said Director of Career Counseling and Internships Leigh Lassister-Counts, a 2001 Hendrix alumna. “They are serving the underserved, preserving history or natural lands, taking part in novel research, learning the ins and outs of the business world, and everything else you can imagine; but also, they are shaping their futures this summer. The ‘real-world’ is their classroom, and they have the chance to put into practice, challenge or confirm the ideas they’ve been exposed to in the classroom.”  

Hendrix student interns and their internship sites include:

  • Drew Allen ‘15 of Greenwood, Ark., interning with Mark Pryor for U.S. Senate Representative in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Abby Anderson ’14 of Arlington, Texas, interning with the Cal-Wood Education Center in Jamestown, Colo.
  • Kelsey Atwood ’15 of Bentonville, Ark., interning with the Rogers Historical Museum in Rogers, Ark.
  • Elizabeth Ayers ’17 of Franklin, Tenn., interning with the Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin, Tenn.
  • Mary Katherine Barker ’16 of Little Rock, Ark., interning with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Joseph Benton ’17 of Greenbrier, Ark., interning with the AR Innovation Hub/Launch Pad in North Little Rock, Ark.
  • Kimberly Bolin ’16 of Hasty, Ark., interning with Patrick Hayes for Congress in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Chloe Brown ’15 of Lee’s Summit, Mo., interning with Crittenton Children’s Center in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Samuel Burke ’15 of Glendale, Ariz., interning with Mammoth Spring NFH in Mammoth Spring, Arks. 
  • Peter Butler ’17 of Naperville, Ill., interning with the Faulkner County Democrats in Conway, Ark.
  • Bethany Cartwright ’16 of Indianapolis, Ind., interning with the Mayor’s Internship Program in Philadelphia, Penn.
  • Charli Davis ’15 of McCrory, Ark., interning with Ghana Heritage Conservation Trust in Cape Coast, Ghana.
  • Hanna Davis ’17 of Richardson, Texas, interning with Carroll County News in Berryville, Ark.
  • Brynn Davis ’17 of St. Louis, Mo., interning with Congressman Lacy Clay’s District Office in St. Louis, Mo.
  • Morgan Fires ’15 of Tumbling Shoals, Ark., interning with Bridgestone/Firestone in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Elizabeth Forester ’16 of Memphis, Tenn., interning with N Street Village in Washington, D.C.
  • Vlad Gamalie ’15 of Sherwood, Ark., interning with Arkansas State University Beebe in Beebe, Ark.
  • Claire Goldman ’16 of Dallas, Texas, interning with Our House, Inc. in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Barrett Goodwin ’17 of Little Rock, Ark., interning with Patrick Hayes for Congress in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Dulcie Hanham-Gross ’16 of Charleston, S.C., interning with Le Creuset of America in Charleston, S.C.
  • Bailey Ann Harper ’15 of Tallahassee, Fla., interning with Wildland Gardens in Morrilton, Ark.
  • Caitlyn Hendricks ’17 of Little Rock, Ark., interning with Bentonville First United Methodist in Bentonville, Ark.
  • Laura Hildebrand ’16 of Little Rock, Ark, interning with Centennial Bank Marketing in Conway, Ark.
  • Emily Hill ’16 of Little Rock, Ark., interning with Wildland Gardens in Morrilton, Ark.
  • Jessica Himes ’15 of Lenexa, Kan., interning with Democratic National Committee Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • Elizabeth Hodges ’16 of Forrest City, Ark., interning with St. Francis County Museum in Forrest City, Ark.
  • JD Hoglan ’16 of Hooks, Texas, interning with MRE Consulting in Houston, Texas.
  • Coral Jinright ’15 of Austin, Texas, interning with 10 Fitness in Conway, Ark.
  • Emily Kleinfelter ’16 of Nashville, Tenn., interning with Nashville Civic Design Center in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Sophie Knorek ’15 of Olivet, Mich., interning with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass.
  • Bayley Krell ’16 of Centennial, Colo., interning with Orlando Museum of Art in Orlando, Fla.
  • Chirag Lala ’17 of Little Rock, Ark., interning with the Clinton Foundation in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Michaela Larabee ’15 of Farminton, Ark., interning with Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas.
  • Jolyon Larson ’16 of Conway, Ark., interning with Tyler Pearson for State Senate Campaign Office in Conway, Ark.
  • Joyce Lauritzen ’16 of Austin, Texas, interning with Camp Greentop in Sobiasville, Md.
  • Grace Lee ’17 of Blythville, Ark., interning with Congressman Rick Crawford in Jonesboro, Ark.
  • Marissa Lee ’16 of Owensboro, Ky., interning with the Faulkner County Courthouse in Conway, Ark.
  • Bailey Leonard ’15 of Austin, Texas, interning with the Faulkner County Courthouse in Conway, Ark.
  • Elissa McDavid ’17 of Auburn, Wash., interning with Healthpoint Medical Center in Auburn, Wash.
  • Evan Mitchell ’16 of Norris, Tenn., interning with Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City, Utah.
  • Caleb Moen ’15 of Coppell, Texas, interning with Life Pieces to Master Pieces in Washington D.C.
  • Ellen Moncrief ’15 of Fort Smith, Ark., interning with the Faulkner County Judicial Building in Conway, Ark.
  • Tabitha Mullins ’17 of Little Rock, Ark., interning with Boyette Strategic Advisors in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Eric Mullins ’16 of Hutchinson, Kan., interning with Kansas Ethanol in Lyons, Kan.
  • Serena Murphy ’15 of Paragould, Ark., interning with the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Beaverton, Ore.
  • Samia Nawaz ’15 of Little Rock, Ark., interning with Ohio State University James Cancer Center in Colombus, Ohio.
  • Lauren Nelson ’15 interning with the Slow Food USA in Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Anna Nester ’17 of Hot Springs, Ark., interning with the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tenn.
  • Leaetta Odglen ’17 of Newport, Ark., interning with the 4-H Center in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Joo Oh ’16 of Little Rock, Ark. interning with FIS in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Taylor Pate ’16 of Little Rock, Ark., interning with Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Sabrina Raveendran ’15 of Little Rock, Ark., interning with Catholic Diocese of LR in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Michala Roberts ’17 of Conway, Ark., interning with First United Methodist Church of Conway, Ark.
  • Lee Rogers ’15 of Decatur, Ga., interning with The Little Museum in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Drew Rutens ’16 of Mobile, Ala., interning with Business Alabama magazine in Mobile, Ala.
  • Blaine Sadler ’15 of Benton, Ark., interning the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.
  • Jack Sammons ’15 of Memphis, Tenn., interning with the Clinton Center in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Abby Sapien ’15 of Tome, N.M., interning with Blackbird Academy in Conway, Ark.
  • Blair Schneider ’15 of Franklin, Tenn., interning with the Faulkner County Court House in Conway, Ark.
  • Allison Schrank ’16 of Plano, Texas, interning with Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas.
  • Graham Senor ’15 of Fayetteville, Ark., interning with Mark Pryor for U.S. Senate Representative in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Sami Sexton ’17 of Fort Smith, Ark., interning with the Democratic Coordinated Campaign Office in Fort Smith, Ark.
  • Hannah Shelton ’16 of Little Rock, Ark., interning with Asbury United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Matthew Simmons ’15 of Bedford, Texas, interning with Dallas Baptist University Athletic Department in Dallas, Texas.
  • Olivia Sims ’17 of North Little Rock, Ark., interning with Our House, Inc. in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Austin Smith ’16 of St. Louis, Mo., interning with Kala Yala in Panama City, Panama.
  • McKinley Sparling ’15 of Hot Springs, Ark., interning with Fidelity National Information Services in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Sam Spjut ’15 of Cypress, Texas, interning with the Congressional Office of Congressman Michael McCaul in Washington D.C.
  • MiMi Spjut ’16 of Cypress, Texas, interning with Ted Poe’s Office in Washington D.C.
  • Aaron Steinberg ’15 of Jackson, Tenn., interning with Forest Service in Leadore, Ind.
  • August Stuppy ’16 of Rogers, Ark., interning with Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers, Ark.
  • Jessalyn Tackett ’15 of Lonoke, Ark., interning with Sherwood Urgent Care Clinic in Lonoke, Ark.
  • Joelle Tackett ’15 of Lonoke, Ark., interning with Sherwood Urgent Care Clinic in Lonoke, Ark.
  • Hayley Thompson ’15 of Austin, Texas, interning with Splice Microcinema in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Katie Thompson ’16 of Sherwood, Ark., interning with the Office of the Attorney State General in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Jessa Thurman ’16 of Hot Springs, Ark., interning with Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.
  • Kleon Van ’15 of Searcy, Ark., interning with Conway Eye Center in Conway, Ark.
  • Sarah Varnau ’16 of Plano, Texas, interning with Dallas Heritage Village in Dallas, Texas.
  • Brianna Wagner ’16 of Memphis, Tenn., interning with the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tenn.
  • Susan Warren ’16 of Paris, Ark., interning with the Faulkner County Court House in Conway, Ark.
  • Laurie Waters ’15 of Mt. Berry, Ga., interning with Therapy and Rehab Solutions in Conway, Ark.
  • John Weirich ’15 of Memphis, Tenn., interning with the Arkansas State Golf Association in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Jasmine Welch-Beardsley of Fayetteville, Ark., interning with New England Center for Children in Southborough, Mass.
  • Landri Wenzel ’15 of North Richland Hills, Texas, interning with NRH2O Family Water Park in North Richland Hills, Texas.
  • Wesley White ’16 of Little Rock, Ark., interning with Harmony Health Clinic in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Hannah Whitney ’16 of Little Rock, Ark., interning with Whitney Bower Imaging Headquarters in Little Rock, Ark.
  • Jacqueline Wood of El Dorado, Ark., interning with TSL Digital Ltd. In London, UK.
  • Kaitlyn Zamzow ’15 of Franklin, Tenn., interning with Vilonia Animal Clinic in Conway, Ark.
  • Jun Zhang ’17 of Singapore, interning with China Everbright Bank in Kunming, China.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.