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USCB Communication Studies Major Chosen for Washington Semester Internship Program with Lindsey Graham

August 15, 2018

Dr. Mollie Barnest - Holli Ramierz - Dr. Jayne Violette From L to R: Dr. Mollie Barnest Holli Ramierz Dr. Jayne Violette

BLUFFTON, S.C. –A communication studies major at the University of South Carolina Beaufort has been selected to participate in the 2018 South Carolina Washington Semester Program in the fall. Holli Ramirez, a senior from Charleston, SC., will join 11 other students from honors colleges and universities throughout the state in the semester-long program of college courses and government/organizational internships.

Ramirez will be the second student to represent USCB, and she will be taking courses in political science and theater, while simultaneously serving in an internship. Ramirez was chosen as the sole intern working for Senator Lindsey Graham of SC in Washington, DC for the fall of 2018.

"Holli's background has prepared her for this prestigious program," says Jayne Violette, Ph.D., associate professor of Communication Studies in the Department of Social Sciences at USCB. "She has previously worked for the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru in various positions, and she grew up surrounded by federal law enforcement and government officials overseas which encouraged her to pursue a career in diplomacy."

USCB's faculty assisted Holli with the connection to the program. This included Dr. Mollie Barnes, assistant professor of English, who serves as USCB's liaison to the Washington Semester Program and Jayne Violette, Ph.D.

She submitted an application and was invited to interview with a panel of six directors at USC's Honors College in Columbia.

"Holli is an exceptional student," Dr. Violette says. "We are so proud of her and excited to hear from her throughout the semester about her experience."

The 12 students will live in a townhouse within walking distance of Capitol Hill while they take their courses and participate in their respective internships. The semester runs form August 25 until December 15.

"The internships are tailored to each student's particular interests," Dr. Barnes says. "If a student wants to work for a South Carolina Congressman, for instance, then the accepted student is guaranteed a slot. If a student wants to work with an organization, then the student follows the application process. The program works very hard make sure the internship is geared toward whatever educational or professional goals the student has."

"We are so proud of Holli, not only because of what this accomplishment means to hear and the the budding tradition of the Washington Semester Program scholars at USCB, but also because we know that this experience promises wonderful opportunities for her professional future beyond USCB and Washington, DC.," said Dr. Barnes.

Holli comments, "I am looking forward to this opportunity, and I am eager to start. This semester I will have the opportunity to work hand in hand with Senator Graham and his team in serving the constituents of South Carolina. I am honored to be given the opportunity to work on the front lines of history and to serve our nation."


Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a baccalaureate member of the USC system, serving the southeast coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Since 2002, USCB has tripled its academic degree programs, doubled its FTE enrollment, opened its first on-campus housing (now serving more than 900), joined the NAIA Sun Conference, and fielded conference and national award-winning Sand Shark athletes in nine sports. The university's two campuses serve a diverse student body of 2,000 students. The Bluffton campus in SC, offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories, and a broad range of academic degree programs. The Beaufort campus, located on Beaufort's downtown waterfront, houses an innovative baccalaureate Studio Art program and honors program and is in close proximity to Beaufort's many art galleries. The University of South Carolina Beaufort offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity.

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