VICTORIA ORSAK • Fayetteville, Texas • Graduated in 2011 and moved to Huntsville to study at SHSU • Now a Junior studying General Business TEXAS RURAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM • Applied for internship • First choice was Navasota, but they backed out of program • Chose Hamilton after being told original “top 3” choices had been filled HAMILTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP. • Jane Crouch, Executive Director • EDC Mission • Recent Projects CIRCLE T RANCH AND ARENA • Marvin Herb, owner • Includes arena, restaurant and cantina, retail store and another arena is being built THE INN AT CIRCLE T • Opened by Tex Beshears, former owner of Circle T • Monica Stephen, manager EXTENSION OFFICE • • • Shirley Gerald and Chelsea Dorwood, extension agents 4-H and Agri-Life programs Youth Day and 4H Record Book judging BUSINESS CENTER AT H.I.S.D. • Ken Hamilton, business manager • Meredith Daniels, accounts payable HAMILTON HOSPITAL DISTRICT • Shadowed Dr. Charles Johnson, a family practitioner, in the clinic • Met with Hospital Administration HORIZON DAIRY • Met Leslie DeJong, one of the owners, and took a tour around the dairy, learning about their day to day business THE RAMSEY COLLECTION • Worked with Ray and Frances Ramsey on putting together an inventory for their art collection JIM AND JANE CROUCH SHIRLEY AND BUBBA GERALD C LAY, C A R LA , A ND BRYSON TARPLEY CHARLES, DAWN, COLTER, AND EMMA JOHNSON D I A N E STO K E LY RAY AND FRANCES RAMSEY Image taken from ramseycollection.com • After completing this internship, and getting to talk to many of the business owners and managers in Hamilton, Texas, I chose to switch my major back to General Business. • Going to Hamilton opened my eyes to many of the different types of jobs and businesses there are in a rural community, and getting a general business degree will help me to fulfill my dreams of moving back to a small town. • Before going to Hamilton, I was very unsure of myself and my expectations of my future. After meeting so many in the community there, and staying with so many different families with different traditions and different views, I feel as though I have truly become more confident in my abilities. Getting to go to different businesses and truly seeing what goes on “behind the scenes” has helped me to choose a different path for myself, one that hopefully continues to help me grow.