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January 24, 2013

RSU Junior to Intern at VA Medical Center in Nation's Capital

Caleb Demarais

Caleb Demarais

Caleb Demarais, a Rogers State University junior from Tulsa, was selected for an internship through the Washington Center, a nationally-recognized internship program that places students with private, public and nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C.

Demarais will intern this spring with the patient center care department at the V.A. Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

A psychology major with an honors minor, Demarais will earn college credit for successfully completing the internship program.

"I'll be helping veterans with the transition back into civilian life," he said. "I can't think of a more meaningful internship and it will certainly be a valuable experience."

Demarais also will participate in a special forensic psychology class hosted by the Washington Center. He will share his experiences in his blog, found at rsuwashington.blogspot.com.

At RSU, he is a member of the Honors Program where he serves as junior class representative, played drums in the pep and jazz bands, and is a student worker in RSU Student Affairs.

The Washington Center is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides internship programs and academic seminars to college students. The organization arranges 2,000 to 3,000 internship placements annually.

Washington Center internships are comprised of internship placement, an academic course and the Leadership Forum. All students are enrolled in a particular program according to their area of interest. Each program focuses learning on concepts closely related to students' intended professional fields. Activities and special programming, such as panels or tours of embassies or businesses, are tailored to the program's core learning objectives and areas of study.

"The Washington Center Program provides students with an invaluable opportunity to gain practical experience and begin developing a broad professional network," said Dr. Carolyn Taylor, RSU assistant professor and RSU Strategic Initiatives Coordinator. "Caleb's internship is a shining example of the Washington Center Program's value."

For more information on the program, visit www.rsu.edu/washington-center or contact Taylor at ctaylor@rsu.edu.