Congratulations to four students in the Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre-Graduate Internship Program who received honors on Friday. Three of the four are the first in their families to attend college. Natasha Ahmed (Communication), Jordan Metoyer (Economics), and Joey Sorenson (Government) were accepted into the Archer Fellowship Program. They will work in our nation’s capital while completing a UT degree. Sorenson also won a prestigious Rapoport-King Thesis Scholarship and was named Student Leader of the Month for May 2013 by The Liberator, the official College of Liberal Arts magazine–an honor received by Metoyer in April.
In addition, IE Pre Grad intern Travis Alexander (English and Plan II Honors) was named one the College of Liberal Arts 2013 Dean’s Distinguished Graduates.
More than 70% of IE interns this semester are either first generation, economically disadvantaged or underrepresented minority students. All are being given an opportunity to discover their passion and whether graduate school will be part of their journey. The value of IE, in part, lies in the program’s focus on helping students think about their future careers, as explained by Sorenson:
IE really helped me think long-term about how to best put my skills to use in a career that I would enjoy and excel at, and my ultimate decision to pursue the Archer Fellowship opportunity in DC and to hopefully move there after graduation was a direct result of some of the conversations about my future I had with my IE mentor Peter Harris. IE was a tremendous asset in helping determine what I wanted to do with my life, and I highly recommend it to anyone considering including it in their undergraduate curriculum.