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Internship Resources for Business Administration Majors of Hispanic Heritage

Contemplating gaining a career position upon graduation, many students express frustration regarding how to gain experience, without first having been professionally employed. One of the best career moves for such a student is to gain hands-on experience through an internship. To this end, the Business Administration Department at Mount St. Mary's College has established an internship program providing our advanced business majors an off-campus learning experience in the business world so they might:

  1. relate academic work with their career objectives
  2. develop networks with practicing business professionals
  3. develop relationships with potential employers

The program is designed to supplement the student's academic studies by providing practical experience to make their educational program more meaningful. Increasingly, presidents of corporations say you need comprehensive skills often found in a liberal arts program: the ability to think critically, solve problems, communicate well, and be an effective member of a team. Further, most employers (87.2 percent) interviewed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) said their new hires do have internship or co-op experiences. Nearly 40 percent of interns are offered full-time jobs upon graduation.

Differing from the typical temporary summer job, an internship tends to be within the student’s major area of study, include college credit, and require evaluation from both employer and a senior faculty member within the Business Administration Department at Mount St. Mary’s College. 

Below are just some of the many internship programs intended for students of Hispanic heritage:

Aspira Association
The Aspira Association, a national Latino youth organization, works to empower the Puerto Rican and Latino community through advocacy and the education and development of its youth. Aspira has received a grant through the Citigroup Summer Internship Program to support a paid summer position within Aspira's Community Wealth Development Initiative (CWDI). CWDI currently consists of three corporate-sponsored programs dedicated to enhancing general financial education, developing entrepreneurship skills for youth, and providing an overview of insurance for youth and adults. Each program provides bilingual, culturally-sensitive information to the communities Aspira serves in the United States and Puerto Rico. With all three programs entering their second year of implementation, Aspira is poised to expand and deepen its outreach. Additionally, the organization is seeking to address other areas of economic need within the Latino community through new education programs in homeownership, retirement planning, and saving for college.

Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) was established in 1978 by members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Latino leaders. CHCI’s educational services are designed to provide Latino students with the tools and resources they need to succeed in attaining a higher education. Its leadership development programs seek to help participants search for and understand, their identity as professionals, Latinos, and leaders. By bringing together individuals who share a commitment to serve their communities, CHCI endeavors to make its vision of an educated and civic-minded Latino community a reality.

Hispanic Heritage Foundation
The LOFT (Latinos on Fast Track) program was created by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Hispanic College Fund (HCF) to systematically identify, prepare and place emerging Latino professionals in specific industries or jobs to bolster America’s workforce.

INROADS places students in business and industry positions that will prepare them for corporate and community leadership. Students are assigned a professional mentor and receive a small salary. In addition, many interns receive job offers from their sponsor company upon college graduation. Companies that have sponsored students in the past include: Ernst & Young, IBM, Merrill Lynch, General Motors, General Electric, Lucent Technologies and Boeing.

League of United Latin American Citizens
The League of United Latin American Citizens, this country's oldest and largest civil rights organization, seeks several highly talented and dedicated interns for our national office in Washington D.C. Interns can choose to work with our policy, communications, membership, events, development, education, fiscal or executive departments. The positions are unpaid and without stipends. LULAC interns are engaged in a number of hands-on activities which vary depending upon the division of LULAC they choose to work with. We rely heavily on our interns to help us carry out the important work of LULAC to advance the cause of Hispanic Americans in the United States.

Management Leadership for Tomorrow
MLT is a non-profit organization committed to helping students through college and into an MBA program. MLT will help students with career development, as well as a variety of other necessary skills. Participants are assigned a mentor with similar interests and experiences who can help students select graduate business programs and find full-time employment.

Smithsonian Institution
An internship at the Smithsonian Institution is a prearranged, structured learning experience scheduled within a specific time frame. The experience must be relevant to the in-tern's academic and professional goals, and to research and museum activities of the Institution. An internship is performed under the direct supervision of Smithsonian staff.

Woodrow Wilson International Center
The Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars seeks interns with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on Latin American issues.

Washington Office on Latin America
The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) promotes human rights, democracy and social and economic justice in Latin America and the Caribbean. WOLA facilitates dialogue between governmental and nongovernmental actors, monitors the impact of policies and programs of governments and international organizations, and promotes alternatives through reporting, education, training and advocacy. Founded in 1974 by a coalition of religious and civic leaders, WOLA works closely with civil society organizations and government officials throughout the hemisphere.

Disclaimer. Funded by a Title V grant, the above list was compiled by the Business Administration Department at Mount St. Mary's College. However, the list should not be construed as any kind of endorsement or support of any particular organization, individual, views expressed, or products or services offered by these outside sites. Mount St. Mary's College does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of this outside information. Further, Mount St. Mary's College is not in any manner responsible for the content in any of these web sites or sources of information.