Capital Club Provides Summer Support
Internships in the nation’s capital will be a little less expensive for two University of Oklahoma students thanks to the OU Capital Club.
Mikay Elliott, a second-year graduate student in the College of International Studies’ Global Studies program, and Ali Stratton, a senior majoring in Journalism and Spanish, were awarded scholarships by the club. Eilliott received $1,242.10 to assist in covering living expenses during the summer, while Stratton was awarded $4,558.25 for housing costs to live in the George Washington University residence halls. This is the first time the club was able to provide a housing stipend for a student.
“It was with great excitement that we were able to raise enough to pay 100 percent of housing for one student, in addition to our scholarship,” Capital Club President Erin Wiley said about the award for Stratton. “Our long-term goal has been to raise enough money to pay the housing costs for a student that has an internship in DC."
Elliott is interning at the Organization of American States, while Stratton is doing work with the American Conservative Union.
“I was interested in interning in DC this summer because, as an aspiring U.S. foreign policy professional, there really isn't a better place to get hands on policy analysis and formation experience,” Elliott explained. “I study Latin America and, apart from going abroad, the opportunities for building professional relationships, networking and furthering my academic journey while in DC are unparalleled.”
The Owasso native said the award shows OU alumni recognize the need for students to get outside the classroom and be able to experience real-world situations.
“Learning via an internship is different than a classroom because you're actually putting into action what you've spent years studying, which is a great feeling,” she said.
In addition to recognizing the value of internships, Elliott said alumni supporting such awards are making a valuable investment in students.
“Alumni understand that while the opportunities in cities such as DC are incredibly beneficial to students who are looking to gain valuable experience and create connections, oftentimes it represents a financial strain,” she pointed out. “By giving these scholarships, the alumni network is playing a vital role in investing in the next generation and supporting students, like me, in pursuing their professional goals.
“I am so grateful for the scholarship from the OU Capital Club.”