I am writing you today to encourage you to consider the Archer Fellowship Program, a UT System initiative that sends students from the UT campuses and medical schools to Washington, D.C. The Archer Fellowship Program, founded by Congressman Bill Archer in 2001, fulfills his vision of training tomorrow’s leaders and providing undergraduate and graduate students around the state a chance to experience a semester or summer in the nation’s capital. Students who participate in the Archer Fellowship Program earn course credit (15 hours for undergraduates/9 for graduates) and work a full-time internship connected to their major. UT Tyler Archer Fellows have interned at a wide variety of places across the city, including the Department of Justice, Brookings, the Library of Congress, Allergan PLC, and even the National Portrait Gallery. The range of internships demonstrates the need for all sorts of majors and interests. Archer Fellows can major in any discipline offered by their home institution, and while many Archer Fellows are political science majors, the Archer Center is very interested in attracting majors in other areas including business, the health sciences, the humanities, and the STEM fields.
Few programs and internships on campus can offer as significant a career boost as the Archer Center. Archer Fellows gain profound career experience through their internships, and the network of Archer fellows can open doors locally, state-wide, and even nationally. Many Archer Fellows remain in Washington, D.C. after finishing the Archer Fellowship Program, as internships can often lead to careers in the area. Archer Fellow Melissa Ford, who graduated from UT Tyler in the spring of 2018 with a double major in economics and political science, now works as Jared Kushner’s project manager in the Office of American Innovation. Melissa began her time at the White House by interning in the Office of Political Affairs as an Archer Fellow. The connections she made through that program helped her find her current position, where she is working on important issues like prison reform and Middle East peace. Want to add a caption to this image? Click the Settings icon.
It would be easy to think that participating in the Archer Fellowship Program would be prohibitively difficult, time-consuming, or expensive. All of these challenges can be negotiated, and I encourage you to apply to become a UT Tyler Archer Fellow. A friend of mine recently reminded me that in life it is good to take on challenges that seem insurmountable. While the Archer Fellowship Program is extremely competitive, it is within your reach with the right effort and preparation. Applications are due on November 7, 2019 for graduate students and February 15, 2020 for undergraduates.
For more information on applying, please see the Archer Center website (www.archercenter.org), send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and plan to visit our office (UC 3110) this fall when we host the Archer Center recruiter for an information session.
Paul D. Streufert
Executive Director of the Honors Program Associate Professor of Literature & Languages
The University of Texas at Tyler