Mayborn Scholars

The Frank W. Mayborn Scholarship is awarded to a handful of Baylor students each year to assist them financially with their summer internship experience in Washington, D.C. The scholarship covers summer tuition to allow students to receive Baylor course credit for their internship and assists with housing and living expenses.

Click HERE to complete our Summer Internship Indication of Interest Form, which will serve as the application for the Mayborn Scholarship.

Summer 2017 Frank W. Mayborn Scholars


Carter Barnett

"My name is Carter Barnett and I am a senior studying History and Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies with plans to graduate in May 2018. This summer, I interned with AMIDEAST and the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR). I represented Baylor as one of twenty-five interns with the NCUSAR summer program. The program included a full-time internship with AMIDEAST, weekly seminars, site visits, and professional networking opportunities. The seminars and lectures provided context on issues in the Arab world as well as networking opportunities with professionals in Middle Eastern affairs. At AMIDEAST, I served as a Fulbright Department intern who administered Fulbright data, researched better practices in international education, and assisted department members. Overall, my experience inculcated a better appreciation for Arab-American relations from a multitude of perspectives.

As a History major, my internship in Washington, D.C. allowed me to experience the contemporary implications of historical developments. As I often joked with my co-workers, my internship allowed me an opportunity to work with the living rather than read about the dead. This opportunity fostered my discernment of Middle Eastern affairs by providing a new perspective and more nuanced appreciation of the region. Additionally, both my internship and the Poage-Mayborn seminar connected me with professionals in the nation’s capital. My LinkedIn connections reflect a range of professionals from former co-workers to Baylor alumni to former U.S. ambassadors. Over the summer, I became familiar with the capital’s diverse opportunities and my experiences connected me with professionals who could facilitate my return.

This experience would not have been possible without the Mayborn Scholarship. The scholarship defrayed the cost of living in Washington while simultaneously supporting my education. The scholarship covered a summer course, which allowed me to reflect upon and learn from my summer experiences while receiving credit towards my graduation in the spring. I am thankful to the scholarship for stimulating my intellectual inquires, supporting my financial needs, and promoting me as a representative of Baylor University in the nation’s capital."


Gracie Edwards

"My name is Gracie Edwards, and I’m from a small town outside of Sacramento, California. I am currently a junior studying Accounting and Political Science, and plan to participate in the 5-year accounting Master’s program, ending in December of 2019.

This summer, I had the privilege of interning for Congressman Tom McClintock, the Congressman who represents my hometown in California. Congressman McClintock has served in the House of Representatives since 2009, and is a member of the Budget Committee as well as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Federal Lands.

As a Congressional Intern, many of my responsibilities included answering phones, logging constituent concerns, attending policy briefings, sending out mail, and giving Capitol tours. Of these tasks, giving Capitol tours was definitely my favorite. The Capitol is full of so much information and History, and I loved being able to share it with people who had never been before. By the end of the summer, I had accumulated numerous strange facts about the Capitol and also was able to maneuver my way around the building completely.

My time in Washington definitely made for an unforgettable summer due to the excitement of the City during very controversial times in leadership, my incredible internship, and the overall experience of living in the city. When in Washington, I was able to attend the Poage-Mayborn Seminar, where I was introduced to numerous Baylor graduates, all doing different things in DC. This was very encouraging to see how many different jobs and possibilities there are after graduation. Meeting them helped me understand that I really can’t control where I end up, but that I can take advantage of any opportunity that comes my way.

I am so grateful for the Mayborn Scholarship, which helped me cover the reality of an unpaid internship in a very expensive city, as well as allowed me to take a Political Science class counting towards my minor. I am so thankful for the Baylor in Washington program for helping make this incredible summer possible."


Mark Miller

"I am Mark James Miller from Phoenix, Arizona. I am a senior studying History. I plan to graduate in May of 2017.

This summer I interned with the Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona’s Fourth District. The district makes up a large section of both the northern and western parts of the state. Congressman Gosar has represented Arizona since 2011.

The Congressman is on the Committee on Natural Resources as well as Committee on Oversight and Government Reforms. His focus is in large part on par with the themes of these committees and thus was that of most of my work. I did everything from drafting written responses to concerned constituents, giving Capitol tours, logging mail, researching pending bills and the universal intern task: answering phones. I stayed busy in the office and they also encouraged me to engage in outside activities around the Hill. Throughout the summer, both in and out of the office, I was able to become acquainted with diverse groups of people and make some good friends.

The summer in D.C. as an intern was a once in a lifetime experience for me. Making connections through the Baylor in Washington program was a very nice addition that I was, even more so while there, grateful to have. I had not, prior to the Poage-Mayborn Seminar, realized how deeply-rooted Baylor connections in Washington are. It was neat to meet so many influential people that had been in similar positions to the one I was, a lot of them not too long ago. All the speakers at the seminar were very insightful and open to helping desiring students as much as they can. This certainly encouraged the thought of a future in D.C. The experience allowed me to contemplate what it is like, not only to live, but to work in the city and the wide variety of options that it has.

I feel blessed to have received the Mayborn Scholarship. Being that my internship did not pay nor include any type of stipend, the Mayborn Scholarship allowed me a great deal of financial flexibility that I would not have otherwise had. The scholarship allowed me also to receive credit for my experience on the Hill, which I would not have been able to do without. I am very grateful for the Baylor in Washington program and the Poage-Mayborn Scholarship for helping me so greatly this summer."


Memona Niazi

"My name is Memona Niazi, and I am a Houston, Texas native. I am a senior currently on the Pre-Law track studying History, with minors in Religion and Political Science. I plan to graduate in May 2017. I had the privilege of working in Washington DC under the Public Defender’s Service (PDS) this past summer, 2017.

I have always admired the law. Criminal Law caught my attention in middle school and left and everlasting impression. In hopes of getting more hands-on training, I looked into working for the Public Defender’s Service in the District of Columbia, one of the best offices in the nation. PDS serves as an extension of the federal government since they fund PDS, but PDS does not share representation in the court of law with the US federal government. Instead, PDS provides legal services for indigent clients. Since DC functions as a district, it falls in line with federal regulations rather than state-ordained laws. Accordingly, PDS handles criminal cases, including misdemeanors, general felonies, and Felony 1, in front of federal judges in the Superior Courts, against US prosecutors.

During training sessions instructors, including investigators, attorneys, and supervisors, from all over PDS come and speak with the new criminal investigative interns on canvassing, taking official statements, Brady concepts, surveillance, trials, memos, subpoenas, investigative forms, methods of interviewing witnesses and so forth. All of these topics are evident throughout each day at PDS and each intern is invested with a heavy load of responsibility involving the outcomes of real cases and real people. Each intern is paired with another intern and typically assigned a staff investigator. In my case, while I received a partner, I had no investigator. This left my partner and I to catch up on our attorney’s cases and handle cases solely on our own. Having meetings with previous staff investigators and interns who worked for our attorney, my partner and I were able to better navigate our attorney’s needs. With over seven cases active at a time, running back and forth to court, and being available on weekends to work if needed, my partner and I learned to prioritize and sufficiently delegate our time. In my summer at PDS, my partner and I worked extensively on visiting clients in jail, canvasing crime scenes, take official statements, interview witnesses, serving medical and video subpoenas, as well as getting a close look at a broken justice system. I admired my time at PDS, not only because I was able to hands-on conduct work to help those who are currently in economic need, but also due of the overall zealous mission of PDS to defend the rights endowed to us by the US Constitution; regardless of our race, ethnicity, religion, etc.

Thanks to the works of Dr. Curry and the Political Science division, I was able to purse the Mayborn Scholarship and partake in this unpaid internship. As DC is not an easy place to work or navigate, the extra financial support helped tremendously. In addition to the financial help, this scholarship helped me connect to the phenomenal alumni base Baylor has in DC. The guidance, support, and love offered by Baylor staff and alumni made my experience in DC unforgettable. I am so proud to be a Baylor Bear! Thank you for the endless opportunities."


Elliott Riches

"My name is Elliott Riches and I am a Senior Baylor Business Fellow studying Economics and Political Science with a minor in Math. I am also pursuing a joint Masters of Economics degree. I expect to graduate in May 2018. This summer I had the opportunity to intern with the Department of Justice at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. I was assigned to the civil division which handles a variety of cases in which the United States is named as a defendant. Additionally, they pursue litigation against companies and individuals who have received money from the Federal government under false pretenses.

While working in the civil division I had two primary responsibilities. The first was to work with the support staff on preparing paperwork for the Assistant U.S. Attorneys ("AUSAs") who worked in the office. After spending several weeks in that job, I then began working one on one with an AUSA. In that role, I did legal research and drafted several motions that were later filed in U.S. District Court. The legal research was at first a challenge as I had never done that sort of research before; however, as I did more research I became more comfortable and was able to use that ability to quickly find whatever my AUSA needed. Outside of drafting motions I was also able to apply some of the lessons I have learned through the Baylor Mock Trial team when working on witness preparation for a pending case. Overall my work contributed to my passion for the law and further convinced me that I should pursue a career working for the Department of Justice.

D.C. is a wonderful city, unfortunately it is also one of the most expensive cities in the country. My internship, like so many with the Federal Government, was not a paid one. The Mayborn Scholarship was invaluable in being able to afford housing in the city. Additionally, the opportunity to earn course credit for the internship allowed me to free up time on my schedule to focus on both my master’s degree and preparing my law school applications. Overall, my summer in D.C. was one that I will never forget and the Mayborn Scholarship was a large part of making that happen."