Office of Career Services

Senior D’Art Bebel wins national internship award

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    D’Artagnan Bebel

D’Artagnan Bebel is the third Southwestern student to earn this national award in the past six years

Senior business and communications studies major D’Artagnan Bebel began doing internships before he even enrolled at Southwestern. The summer before his first year, he helped manage projects for The Woodlands Operating Company in his hometown of The Woodlands.

The summer after his sophomore year, Bebel did an internship with the Port of Houston Authority in media relations, government relations and event planning.The internship was only supposed to be for a summer, but Bebel ended up staying there through the fall 2009 semester. He has continued to work for the Port Authority from campus as a social media consultant.

In the summer of 2010, Bebel did a third internship with the Houston office of Fleishman-Hillard, an international public relations firm. He did strategic planning, strategic communications and event planning.

Bebel’s outstanding work in his internships has earned him the 2011 Academic Internship Student Achievement Award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA).

Bebel will receive the award at the CEIA’s annual meeting in San Antonio April 10. The award comes with a $500 prize.

Bebel is the third Southwestern student to earn this national award in the past six years. Mindy Smotherman received the award in 2006 for her work as an intern with the U.S. Department of State and Caitlin Cooper received the award in 2008 for her work as an intern with National Instruments.

Maria Kruger, internship coordinator in Career Services, said 62 percent of Southwestern students complete internships before they graduate.