Hinesville resident Maria Celina Iglesia is one of 60 students nationwide chosen for an internship in the U.S. Department of Labor’s distinguished summer program in the nation's capital. Iglesia, a Georgia Institute of Technology senior majoring in economics, was selected from a pool of more than 1,300 applicants.
“The Labor Department’s summer interns bring tremendous energy and enthusiasm to their tasks,” Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao said. “The department’s interns learn about public service and how to succeed in a large organization and are gaining valuable experience that can help them become America’s future leaders.”
The program, established by secretary Chao, provides exposure to the inner workings of the federal government and opportunities for hands-on research experience, as well as lectures from prominent government officials, career resources and visits to Washington's historic landmarks.
Throughout the course of her internship in the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, Iglesia is working closely with staff members on tasks that include studying contracts and procurements, looking at contract initiation and working on cost analysis development.
“Working for the Department of Labor is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a college student,” Iglesia said. “It is interesting to observe the public sector in such a unique way.”
Myra Walthour, a 2000 graduate of Bradwell Institute, has gone from earning academic honors to helping distribute them.
The 2004 Florida A&M graduate led a committee that organized Caterpillar's 2007 scholarship program this spring. She holds a degree in electrical engineering from Florida and works for Caterpillar in Aurora, Ill., as a hex engineer.
She is the daughter of Edna and Cato Walthour of Walthourville.
The scholarship committee presented scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000 to six students in the Aurora-Joliet, Ill. area.
Air Force Airman Dennis S. Lee has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations. In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Jong Lee of Hinesville, and nephew of Yong Relaford of Allenhurst. Lee is a 2006 graduate of the Bradwell Institute, Hinesville.