The Archer Fellowship Program

The Archer Center The University of Texas System in Washington, D.C.

The Archer Center is where Texas meets the world. As the Washington, D.C., campus of The University of Texas System, the Center provides talented undergraduate and graduate students from across the UT System with the opportunity to live, learn, and intern in the nation's capital.

Founded in 2001, The Bill Archer Fellowship was established by The University of Texas System in conjunction with Former U.S. Representative Bill Archer as a way to bring highly motivated and accomplished students to Washington, D.C. to participate in varied internships and take part in classes focusing on policy, economics, and persuasion.

Students who participate in the Archer Fellowship Program can expect to have an exhausting, rewarding experience that will allow them to learn about how our federal government interacts within and outside itself. Students will make and maintain social and professional contacts that could help lead to continued internship opportunities and even jobs post-graduation.

If you are a student at The University of Texas Permian Basin, you may be eligible to apply for the Bill Archer Fellowship Program. Financial aid is available to those accepted to the program.

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Meet Our Fellows

Alexia Fernanda Garcia

Alexia Fernanda Garcia

Fall 2022 Archer Fellow

Alexia Fernanda Garcia is a senior at The University of Texas Permian Basin majoring in communication with a minor in economics. She is originally from Del Rio, Texas. On campus, Garcia was a student assistant for the UT Permian Basin’s Admissions Office. During her junior year, she represented the chair for marketing, management, and economics for the Student Government Association and was a member of the Academic Affairs Committee. She recently interned in the District Clerk's Office with Midland County. After graduation, Garcia plans to attend law school to become an immigration lawyer.

Ifeoma Okoli

Ifeoma Okoli

Summer 2022 Graduate Archer Fellow

Ifeoma Okoli is a graduate student at The University of Texas Permian Basin pursuing a master’s degree in clinical psychology. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Nnamdi Azikiwe University in 2004. Okoli has spent nearly a decade exploring treatment solutions and inclusion practices for neuropsychological conditions that present with cognitive impairment. Her advocacy and practicum experiences exposed her to the complex disparities between existing inclusion policies, classroom practices, and the learning needs of students with cognitive impairment. Okoli wants to be involved in improving inclusion effectiveness for students with cognitive impairment. She hopes that her work as a clinical and research psychologist contributes treatment solutions and classroom practices that improve the learning capability and quality of life of individuals with neuropsychological disorders.