Meet the OSI Interns

The Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) is proud to introduce the following interns working in the vice president's office, government relations, university relations, creative services and economic development.

Sierra BarnesSierra Barnes is working her second year as a communications intern in the Office of University Relations. She writes content and, on occasion, provides video and photos for articles on the W&M News website. A German Studies-History double major from Napa, California, she enjoys writing fiction and nonfiction and performing music, whether by herself or in a band. She also works for the W&M Writing Resources Center in Swem and is a TA for the German department. She hopes to achieve a Fulbright for Creative Writing and spend the year after her graduation in Vienna, Austria.

Austen BrowerAusten Brower is working as a multimedia intern in the Office of University Relations. He is a senior studying International Relations and Marketing. Hailing from Dayton, Ohio, Austen enjoys the very diverse and exciting community that William & Mary has to offer. He feels that multimedia is a way to showcase William & Mary's exceptional community. He actively participates in the community through Development Ambassadors, Club Wrestling, Delta Chi and Someone You Know. Ultimately, he wants to find a career that allows him to interact and listen to people's stories as much as possible.

Graham BryantGraham Bryant is working as a communications intern in the Office of University Relations for the second year in a row. A recent graduate of the College, Graham received his B.A. in English with a minor in history last May. When he gets time during a busy schedule as a member of W&M Law's J.D. class of 2016, Graham will be writing news articles for W&M News, as well as other web and print publications. Originally from South Boston, Virginia, Graham discovered a love for news writing while working for The Gazette-Virginian and polished his writing skills as a writing consultant at W&M's Writing Resources Center since his freshman year.

Lexi ColeAlexandra "Lexi" Cole is a sophomore transfer student from American University working in the Office of Government Relations. Lexi will work with fellow intern Dana Holmstrand to assist Fran Bradford and Mike Connolly with research and meeting/event preparations for state and federal relations. She will help to plan and execute the annual “Road to Richmond” event for William & Mary students. Lexi has lived in a variety of cities in Illinois, Colorado and Texas. She enjoys reading political science thrillers and endeavors to travel at every opportunity. From her time living in Colorado, she fell in love with outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding and white water rafting. In 2011, Alexandra enlisted in the Army National Guard, taking two years off from college for training purposes, and is now serving the Maryland Army National Guard as a Geospatial Imagery Intelligence Analyst (35G). She plans to continue her education into graduate school and to hold a career in Washington DC using her training as an analyst and her knowledge of foreign affairs to work as a Foreign Service officer in the future.

Melissa CommanderMelissa Commander is a freshman at the College and is from Chesapeake, Virginia. She plans to major in Anthropology and then pursue her Master's to become a researcher and writer. Melissa has worked with software and information technology and will be assisting Creative Services with web editing, social media management, photography and videography.

Alla HermanAlla Herman is a junior Monroe Scholar from Northern Virginia majoring in Mathematics and Public Policy. She is starting her third year as an intern for Ideation, William & Mary's research publication. On campus, she is in Reveille, an all-female a cappella group, does research in the math department, and is a member of a social sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta.

Caitlyn HickmanCaitlyn Hickman is a sophomore from Richmond, Virginia. She intends to be a Psychology major and Italian minor, then pursue a medical degree to become a psychiatrist after graduating from William & Mary. Caitlyn has a background in graphic design and art. This is her second year on the Creative Services team as a design intern.

Dana HolmstrandDana Holmstrand is a junior majoring in public policy. Dana is working with Lexi Cole in the Office of Government Relations. The two will assist Fran Bradford and Mike Connolly with research and meeting/event preparations for state and federal relations. She will help to plan and execute the annual "Road to Richmond" event for William & Mary students. Originally from Wheeling, West Virginia, Dana is interested in the United States Supreme Court, hiking, baked goods and British humor. Dana found her passion for people while working as an AmeriCorps VISTA in southwestern West Virginia during the summer of 2012. On campus, Dana is active in the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, KITES, the Spotswood Society and the William & Mary Debate Society.

Sebastian MunevarSebastian Munevar works for the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives on issues relating to student veterans. He's committed to preserving the College's pledge to military veterans and their families by ensuring that the services they receive are commensurate with the character of their service to our nation. Having served with distinction in the U.S. Army, Sebastian plans to continue public service by majoring in both International Relations and Government. His interests include current events and spending time with his family.

Connor NortonConnor Norton will be working as a multimedia intern in the Office of University Relations. He is a sophomore at the College, studying business and government. Originally from Northern Virginia, Connor is interested in current events, food, Top Gear UK and NPR. In his capacity as a multimedia intern in the Office of University Relations, Connor works with David Willard to collect and produce videos for the College, featuring faculty, students and community events. He is a former staff writer for The Flat Hat.

Justine WhelanJustine Whelan is a senior majoring in English at W&M, originally from Arlington, Virginia. (She's really not a fan of people who say that she is "basically majoring in having no job.") She attended Georgetown Visitation for high school, where she discovered her love for both creative and non-creative writing in the school's literary magazine and newspaper. Here on campus, she is involved in the College partnership with the Big Brother Big Sister Program Club Field Hockey, and of course loves her work at Ideation.