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How an internship program hopes to end “brain drain” in Texas’ Permian Basin and other rural regions

This is the third year businesses in the Permian Basin — known for high school football and oil fields — have participated in the University of Texas at Austin program. Students this year say they are seeing their hometowns in a new way.

University of Texas at Austin sophomore Katelan Crowder, 19, poses for a photo in an exhibition by artist Tim Gonchoroff titled Garment/View on Thursday July 27, 2023, at Ellen Noël Art Museum's temporary exhibit hall in the Presidential Museum and Leadership Library in Odessa. Crowder is an Odessa native, studying design at UT-Austin and interning with the Ellen Noël Art Museum through UT-Austin's Home to Texas program.

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