Student Experience - Brianna Goodman (Summer 2018)
My name is Brianna Goodman. I am a Junior at Texas Tech University pursuing a degree in Management Information Systems with concentration in Business Analysis. I am in the Rawls College of Business and a member of the Honors College. I am Historian of the Texas Tech University Multicultural Greek Council and Vice President of Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. At the Honors College, I am the student assistant of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships and a First Year Experience mentor.
There are not many women in the field of Management Information Systems and even fewer minority women, but I want to change that and be a pioneer for others to follow.
In May 2017, I was selected to attend the Bank of America Women Who Tech Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. At the start of this school year I completed my final round interview for a Global Technology Summer Analyst Program in Charlotte, North Carolina. I have been offered an internship position at Bank of America in the Chief Technology Operations departments as a Business Analyst. I have a great interest in working at Bank of America, the environment there encourages diversity and inclusiveness. I am ecstatic to be starting this new chapter of my life!
Jared Opperman (Spring 2017)
Everyone has their own preconceptions of Washington D.C. and I was no different. I imagined D.C. as a monstrous metropolis with zero political cooperation and a complete lack of southern hospitality. I wasn't entirely wrong, but all of these were only half truths at best. D.C. is not a small town by any means, but for a city with its population, it is surprisingly easy to navigate and perhaps even more surprisingly it is, at times, even friendly. Part of this may be because D.C. revolves around the Capitol and the Capitol is home to Americans from all 50 states, all with different ideas and different cultures. But that's what makes D.C. so much fun.
This summer I worked in Congressman Michael McCaul's office, and while most of us were from Texas, we had some other states represented in the office as well. There were some New Yorkers, an Illini, and even a Virginian and yet we were all working for the same man and the same ideas. The political gridlock in D.C. isn't imagined, but it can be overblown. Most of the Congressmen are extremely friendly and I know firsthand just how gracious and generous they can be. Now not all offices are the same and some are definitely easier to work for than others, and perhaps I was lucky in that regard, but not everything in D.C. is about the office. At least not with this internship program.
The Tech interns on the Hill are relatively well known and most certainly well regarded. For some offices we are even the hot commodity that they look forward to throughout the year, but, to me, what makes the Texas Tech internship program so special is the Tech House and the bonds that form within it. Not only is the Tech House an ideal location for practically everything, but the inclusion of all Tech interns in one place makes certain that you have friends during your time on the Hill. I'm sure it varies from year to year, but the friends I made during my internship I intend to keep. You work with each other, eat with each other, and travel with each other and by the end you have some pretty strong friendships to show for it. All in all, D.C. is an incredible place. With landmarks like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress, D.C. is like an American pilgrimage and in the middle of it all is the Tech House. Between the work and career lessons of the office, the travel experiences of the area, and the friendships made in the Tech House, the Texas Tech internship program is an invaluable experience that I will always be grateful for.