Mayborn Scholarship

The Frank W. Mayborn Scholarship is awarded to a handful of Baylor students each summer 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 through the Washington Internship Course. The application deadline for Summer 2021 is February 28th.

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

Students interested in the program may also contact the Mayborn faculty advisor, Dr. Pat Flavin (

Past Frank W. Mayborn Scholars

Gracie Edwards

Gracie Edwards Portrait

"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."

Abby Callison

Abby Callison Portrait

"My name is Abby Callison, and I’m from Plano, Texas. I am currently a senior studying Political Science and Spanish, and I plan to graduate in May 2017.

This summer I had the opportunity to intern in the office of Congressman Pete Sessions. Congressman Sessions represents a large part of Dallas, just south of my own congressional district. He has served in Congress for 10 consecutive terms. He currently serves in leadership as the Chairman of the Rules Committee and has done so since 2013.

Because Congressman Sessions places a very large emphasis on constituent services, many of my responsibilities included handling photos, logging constituent information, giving tours of the Capitol, answering phones, and sorting and sending mail. Additionally, I attended policy briefings and committee hearings and did policy research. My favorite responsibility was attending committee hearings and briefings. Staff members would ask me to attend specific sessions based on their policy area, and I would take notes and create a write-up after the briefing to inform them of the most important issues discussed at the hearing. This allowed me to learn about a wide range of issues, some that I knew I was interested in, as well as some policy areas that I had never considered.

I truly enjoyed this summer spent in Washington, D.C. because of all that I learned through my internship and living in the city. I also loved being plugged into the Baylor in Washington program. It made me really appreciate the Baylor connection that I will share with other alumni long after I graduate. Hearing from each of the speakers at the Poage-Mayborn Seminar encouraged me to consider looking at jobs in D.C. after I graduate. They also inspired me to look for all kinds of opportunities after graduation because many of them ended up places they never thought they would be. This summer greatly prepared me for graduation next May because it showed me how many different types of jobs exist and the number of different paths you can take to end up where you want to be. It also opened my eyes to the expansive network of Baylor alumni that exists in Washington, D.C.

My internship experience in D.C. would not have been possible without the help of the Mayborn Scholarship, as my internship was unpaid and I had to find housing for my time in D.C. I am so grateful for the Mayborn Scholarship to allow me to spend the summer in D.C., where I learned a great deal about the policymaking process and further developed my future goals."

Amye Dickerson

Amye Dickerson Portrait

"My name is Amye Dickerson, and I am a Junior Business Fellow studying Economics and Finance. I plan on graduating in May of 2018. This past summer, I interned at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C. with their Office of Ethics. In this office, I was one of two interns to work closely with the Chief Compliance Officer, lawyers, and financial analysts to conduct internal audits on the SEC Employees. Federal regulations maintain that all employees are unable to hold certain securities to prevent conflicts of interest, so it was our role to analyze all employees’ financial statements-in both the D.C. and local offices-to catch any ineligible securities.

Within the first week of my role, it was evident that I was participating in one of the most challenging and rewarding internship experiences not only in D.C. but in the nation as well. My coworkers trusted me with copious amounts of confidential information, and I was performing the same tasks as the lawyers in the same office, as just a junior at Baylor. My experience strengthened my love for finance and economics, as well as introduced me the variety of different holdings. This was great background knowledge for my three finance classes I have taken since then, as well as my own financial portfolio preferences. My experience at the SEC is continually brought up in my classes, conversations with professors, and my business interviews. Now, I am considering the career option of federal regulatory compliance consulting with several consulting firms in Washington, D.C.

I never would have been able to afford my time in D.C. without the Mayborn Scholarship. D.C. is expensive, and the unfortunate reality is that most internships are unpaid. The Mayborn Scholarship allowed me to cover part of my housing expenses. It also gave me the opportunity to receive three hours of class credit that went towards my Political Science minor. My time in D.C. shaped me more than anything else at Baylor. Not only did I have a taste of a potential career, but I was also able to enjoy the community, culture, and history in D.C. I strengthened relationships with my Baylor friends there, as well as met with Baylor alumni weekly, and explored all of the museums and buildings. One person I met during my time there told me, 'The thing about D.C. is that everyone is smarter and more successful than you in one way or another, so meet these people and learn from them because you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.'"

Drew Mackenzie

Drew Mackenzie Portrait

"I spent my summer working as one of three interns in the office of Congressman Ted Poe. As an intern, I was responsible for logistical tasks relating to the day-to-day operation of running a DC congressional office. What this entailed specifically varied almost every day. Most of my time was spent answering the phone and recording the mood of constituents about current legislation or current events related to Congressman Poe, or, as was often the case, altogether unrelated to him. I also gave daily tours of the Capitol building, which I enjoyed immensely. It was often a relief to get out of the office and interact with constituents, and I had fun accumulating a collection of Capitol facts and historical anecdotes. I was honored to have an article written about a tour that I gave, unwittingly, to a local journalist. That article can be found here.

The most exciting task that I was assigned as an intern was drafting Extension of Remarks (EOR) speeches for the Congressman. Even as an intern, I had the opportunity to introduce a topic to the floor of the seat of democracy. As such, I took a lot of pleasure in researching for, and writing, these speeches. The speech that I am most proud of is one that was written with the help of former Congressman Frank Wolf, the inaugural holder of the Frank and Susie Wilson Chair of Religious Freedom at Baylor University. The speech was on religious liberty and was intended to raise congressional awareness about the religious persecution currently occurring in Iraq and Syria.

D.C. was work too, and one must 'do their time' in more menial tasks before being assigned anything worth writing home about. Some of the less enjoyable assignments included preparing letters to welcome new residents into the Congressman’s district. Over the weeks I fed about 4,000 of these letters into a machine, which was a constant bane to my intern existence. It broke or jammed every 5 or so, and sometimes more often than that.

Whether writing speeches, giving tours, or licking envelops, the Baylor in DC program provides an incredible opportunity to explore the nation’s Capitol and political system. As a student of political science, I can think of no better way to culminate one’s education in political theory than to engage in the nitty-gritty of political praxis."

Carter Barnett

Carter Barnett Portrait

"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."

Mark Miller

Mark James Miller Portrait

"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."

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