Feb. 26 Deadline to Apply for Summer 2010 Paid HACU Internships
Working internships at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities was an invaluable experience that added a new dimension to their majors, two Highlands students said.
Highlands University students Kimberly Regensberg and Christopher Burns shared stories about their Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, or HACU, paid summer internships with other students Feb. 23, urging them to apply by the Feb. 26 deadline for summer 2010 internships.
Regensberg and Burns both stressed the important real-world work experience gained through internships.
Burns, 21, is a business management senior who interned in Dallas, Texas, with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Equal Opportunity Office.
Students do not need to be Hispanic to apply for the paid HACU internships and the organization also helps with travel and living expenses. HACU also recruits students for fall and spring semester internships at federal agencies and private corporations throughout the country.
“My HACU internship was valuable because it gave me hands-on experience” Burns said. “I did presentations about equal employment opportunities for veterans, and researched and collected data for employee mediations.”
Burns said one of the most helpful aspects of his internship was the mentoring he received from a Veterans Affairs supervisor who said he would help Burns find a job once he completed his master’s degree.
“I graduate this spring and will pursue my master’s in social work at Highlands,” Burns said. “I’m open to any opportunity in social work but after my internship with Veterans Affairs, I’m definitely interested in working with veterans.”
Regensberg, 20, a senior studying accounting, interned in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She reviewed and analyzed budgets for new grants, and prepared notice of awards and procurement documentation.
Regensberg said another benefit of internships is for students to see what’s out there in the world.
“I grew up in the small, rural town of Mora, N.M., so it was really interesting to be placed in a big city like Washington, D.C.,” Regensberg said.
Details about Hispanic Association of College and Universities internship opportunities are available online at www.hnip.net/about For questions and to get help, contact Career Services at 505-454-3048 or firstname.lastname@example.org You can also drop by the career services office in Ford Hall, Room 8.
HACU is just one example of internship opportunities available for students. The career services Web page has a comprehensive listing of dozens of internships. First, click on www.nmhu.edu/career-services Next, click on “Upcoming Events and Job Postings” on the left side of the page.
To apply for internships, most employers require a resume, essay or cover letter, and completion of online applications.
Career services is available to advise students each step of the way, helping them prepare the strongest application possible as well as coaching them for interviews.