Four Santa Monica College (SMC) students have been selected for the Dale Ride Internship program and plan to serve with various organizations in Washington, D.C. this summer.

The interns, who come from a variety of backgrounds and interests, will gain experience through the eight-week summer internship program, considered to be unique for a community college, said SMC spokesman Bruce Smith.

Each intern receives funding to cover housing and transportation, and $1,500 in spending money. The funding this year comes from the Dale Ride Family Fund, which sponsors two interns; and the SMC Foundation President’s Circle and the Stratton-Petit Foundation, each of which sponsors one intern.

In addition, SMC Associates, a community relations support organization that funds speakers and special programs on campus, provides $500 to each intern.

The program has sent 62 students to the White House, Congress and other agencies in the past 16 years.

The Dale Ride internship program was established in 1991 in the memory of a man who had a long and distinguished career as an educator, administrator and public servant. Ride taught political science and served in administrative posts at SMC for 33 years until his death in September 1989 at the age of 67.

The four SMC interns this year and their assignments are:

— Brenda Amaya of Los Angeles, who will intern at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; she started at SMC last fall and is majoring in political science;

— James Ginty of Los Angeles, who will intern with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; he has been attending SMC for three semesters and has a perfect 4.0 grade-point average;

— Granville Houston of Los Angeles, who will work in the Office of Scientific and Technical Affairs with the Foreign Agricultural Service Branch of the United States Department of Agriculture; he aspires to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business economics and then a law degree; and

— Qiong (Aylisha) Xu of Santa Monica, who will intern at the Council on Foundations. She has served as president of the International Student Forum, has done peer mentoring at SMC, and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

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