Student receives D.C. intership
April 3, 2014
MacMurray College junior Martin Lara will be working at the U.S. Department of Transportation this summer in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, learning about the DOT’s budget.
The Department of Transportation offers competitive, summer internships throughout the country, and Lara’s older brother, Matthew, had a DOT internship in southern Illinois a few years ago, when he was in law school at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, which is how Martin knew about the opportunity.
“I was a little surprised, especially getting a spot in Washington, D.C.,” Lara said. “This will help me greatly on my resume” when he begins searching for jobs during his senior year.
Lara, of Chicago, who is double-majoring in accounting and business administration, will receive room and board, possibly at Georgetown University, as part of the internship, and a stipend of $4,000 – “I’m really happy about that,” he said.
The internship runs June 7 to August 15, an important time of the year for DOT’s budget process. Congress is schedule to complete its appropriations a few weeks after he arrives, and the reconciliation process is set to be completed before the August Congressional break.
Lara, who previously had an internship at the MacMurray College Business Office and has also worked helping people with their taxes, is not sure what area of business he wants to pursue for a career. He had been leaning toward tax accounting, but the internship opens new possibilities, adding government finance to the mix.
He received an email confirmation last week of the internship, which also came as a surprise, because he had been told he probably wouldn’t find out until May. That will make arranging his summer easier, because he can give plenty of notice to his usual summer employer, the Chicago Park District, where he has worked in past summers as a recreational leader for the district’s summer camps.
“I first want to say how proud I am that he pursued this prestigious internship,” said Emily Wright, associate professor of accounting, chair of the business and criminal justice division at MacMurray, and Lara’s advisor. “We discussed the importance of doing an internship this summer, before his senior year,” she said. “I’m very impressed with his initiative.”