Past Features

July 11, 2007 (Vol. 5, No. 10)

Students Earn HACU Summer Internships

Darnella Valentino
Darnella Valentino
This summer, three students are completing internships in their respective fields, thanks to the Hispanic Association of College and Universities' (HACU) 2007 National Internship Program (HNIP). Blanca Cambi, Darnella Valentino, and Christina Ozual were among the lucky students to be accepted into the competitive program, which received over 1,800 applications for 400 spots.

Valentino, a graduate student majoring in English, accepted a position in the communications department of Sodexho, the leading food and facilities management services company in North America. Valentino earned her bachelor's degree in English at Lehman and currently works in the Career Services Center under CUNY's Counseling Assistantship Program. She is also the founder and current president of the Alpha Nu Epsilon chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.

A computer information systems major, Cambi is working as a Web developer at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a subdivision of the Department of Health and Human Services in Bethesda, Maryland. Cambi became interested in Web design while interning for the MTA. "Some of my co-workers were web designers and it looked interesting to see them create and maintain interactive web pages for users," she said. "So, this summer I decided to take a different approach from security administrator to Web designer."

Ozual is completing her internship in the Department of Veterans Affairs in Albany.

Since 1992, HNIP has placed more than 6,500 students in paid internships, matching students' majors with their career of choice. Established in 1986, HACU promotes the development of member colleges and universities, improves access to educational opportunities, and aids the development and sharing of resources, information, and expertise.