By Krystal Garza
Pulse Staff Reporter
Internships provide the chance for students to explore their chosen career field. Many internships in the San Antonio area benefit college students who wish to grow both professionally and academically.
The Ciencia, Ingeniería, y Matemáticas Aliados – Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (CIMA-LSAMP) research program is for students who are primarily pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or math. Van Heye, a Palo Alto College student and former CIMA-LSAMP participant, said a former professor suggested the program to him after seeing his progress in class.
Heye, an engineering major, worked at the University of Texas at San Antonio in the Neural Science Department, where he was able to observe and eventually participate with experiments. Heye wants other students to be aware of the program and the opportunity that it presents. Students can find more information about CIMA-LSAMP on the St. Philip’s College website.
The San Antonio Ambassador Program is an 11-week paid internship. Students who are interested in the program must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average or higher and prove San Antonio residency.
The Ambassador Program’s goal is to have students give back to San Antonio by using the knowledge they gained in college and apply it to build a stronger city.
“Even though it is the City of San Antonio who coordinates and administers the program, we do place people in competitive companies in high-demand industries,” said Deirdre Murphy, internship coordinator.
The program places students with select companies that best fit the student’s career goals. This gives students a chance to work in a professional setting and create networking opportunities. Students who are interested in participating in the Ambassador Program can find the information on the city’s website.
Tribu is a digital marketing and design company in San Antonio, that is looking for students who are passionate and ready to take learning to the next level.
Available summer internships at Tribu include social media and graphic design. Internships are unpaid with the potential for compensation. For students wanting to apply, it is recommended to have a resume and portfolio of past work. One thing that is beneficial for students is to be able to select their own days of work. Tribu takes great consideration for the student’s schedule.
“Tribu is about trying progressive marketing strategies. Taking smart risks. Having fun. Promoting strategic creativity always,” said Sara S. Helmy, chief executive officer of Tribu.
For more leads on internships, students should check out Palo Alto College (PAC) career services website.
The Career Services page allows students access to internal and external career/internship opportunities. The website has helpful information about choosing a major, finding the right career and helping students prepare for jobs /internships.
These are just some benefits PAC offers students to develop personally and professionally.Stuen