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Avalos Represents Panhandle in National Internship

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 09/28/2017 Jocelynn Avalos, a junior at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, got the opportunity to enjoy a summer internship in Bethesda, Md. at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). —Courtesy photo Jocelynn Avalos, a junior at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, got the opportunity to enjoy a summer internship in Bethesda, Md. at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). —Courtesy photo

Goodwell, Okla. — Jocelynn Avalos, a junior at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, got the opportunity to enjoy a summer internship in Bethesda, Md. at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Avalos was selected for the internship through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program and served as an Administrative Assistant in the Division of Loan Repayment.

A Business Management major, Avalos’s internship responsibilities provided great skill development for her future career. She performed a number of different duties focusing primarily on conducting financial vetting of loan documents for new and renewal applicants as well as examination and maintenance of files. A big part of her responsibility was to help researchers so they could further their research.

Avalos said, “It was a really amazing program. I learned many new skills, but I especially learned about myself and my personality while furthering my independence.”

She added, “I had never heard of NIH, but I got the opportunity to watch a documentary about the institute during our internship. It was really neat to see how my job played a part in the work that the institute is able to do.”

A Guymon High School Class of 2015 graduate, Avalos is very active on campus as she serves as the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) President and is a member of the English Club, Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO), and the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA).

Avalos said, “I love this school. I love how small it is and I love being able to walk in and talk to my professors.”

She believes strongly in taking advantage of the opportunities you have and working to make a difference.

Avalos plans to graduate in May of 2019 and then pursue a master’s degree in business and counseling with the intention of teaching.


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