NMSU-Grants student awarded national Hispanic internship

September 26, 2008 by No Byline NMSU News Center

Amber Aranda with her father Ruben Aranda in a boat ride on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.

Amber Aranda with her father Ruben Aranda in a boat ride on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.

Ambrosia “Amber” Aranda, a recent NMSU-Grants graduate and current NMSU student was recently selected by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) to participate in HACU’s National Internship Program (HNIP) for the fall 2008 semester in Washington, D.C. Amber is the daughter of Merle and Ruben Aranda of Grants.

Amber applied for the HNIP internship opportunity in spring 2008 and is one of about 60 interns from across the country participating in the HNIP. HNIP provides college students paid summer and semester-long internships at federal agencies and private corporations in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country to expose them to future job opportunities.

Students are provided housing in Washington, D.C., where they share an apartment/cost of housing with four other HNIP same-sex students. Their airfare is paid to and from Washington, D.C. The interns also attend many educational and entertainment group activities. Two other New Mexican students are participating with Amber in the HNIP this fall semester.

Amber’s internship job placement is with the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she is helping to develop a Web site and is helping to re-evaluate the department’s security plan. She will return home to Grants in early December to complete her Criminal Justice degree program at NMSU in spring 2009.

To learn more about the HACU HNIP internship program visit their Web site at: www.hnip.net or at HACU’s Web site: www.hacu.net and click on student opportunities.

Students are eligible to apply for the program if they have a 3.0 grade point average and if they are enrolled full-time at a Hispanic Serving Institution (H.S.I). NMSU-Grants and NMSU both qualify as H.S.I’s.

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