Campus: CSU Bakersfield -- May 17, 2002
Sophomore at CSU, Bakersfield Selected for Internship
Programs by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
Two summers ago, Maria Melgoza was picking grapes. This summer, she'll
be working for the U.S. Department of Defense near Washington, D.C.
Melgoza is a sophomore at California State University, Bakersfield.
She and classmate Monica Covarrubias were recently selected for 10-week
summer internship programs by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and
Universities (HACU). Beginning in June, Melgoza will work as a contracts
and inventory management specialist at the Defense Supply Center, and
Covarrubias will conduct tours and recruit visitors for the Library
Melgoza, whose family migrated to California from Michoacan, Mexico,
in 1998, is excited about going to Washington and eager to work in a
professional environment. She believes the internship is another example
of how living in the United States and attending CSUB has provided her
the opportunities to succeed.
"My family and my education have always been a top priority in
my life," Melgoza said. "We moved here looking for a better
life for us. I believe this internship will put me in a better position
to help out my family economically."
When Melgoza moved to Bakersfield, she couldn't speak English. She learned
the language and graduated from East Bakersfield High School in 2000
among the top of her class. She's majoring in business at CSUB with
a double concentration in accounting and finance and plans to pursue
a master's degree in accounting.
Covarrubias is from Wasco and graduated from Wasco High School in 2000.
She's majoring in public administration and plans to go into business
management. Although the internships are paid, Covarrubias said she's
more interested in the experience she'll gain.
"I want to know how it really is to work in management," Covarrubias
said. "I think it'll be great to meet other people in the field
and see what things are like from other people's perspectives."
Thomas Martinez, the CSUB president's assistant for diversity initiatives
and special projects, said the HACU internships are the most prestigious
and well-connected appointments for Hispanic students in the United
States. He added that being selected is a significant accomplishment.
"HACU receives thousands of applications from Hispanic students
all over the country and only the best ones receive offers," Martinez
said. "Monica and Maria are top notch students. They were chosen
because of their academic success, leadership roles on campus and their
community involvement. We are very proud of them and know they will
The HACU Corporate Partnership Program places talented university students
in business internships nationwide. The aim of the program is to encourage
and assist in the professional development of interns, promote employment
and educational opportunities for Hispanic students, and to assist in
the efforts to recruit qualified Hispanics for government and private
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