Federal internship provides opportunity for Adams State student

(05-26-2009)

Jamilia Ruybal, Adams State College senior, is looking forward to a three-day orientation in Washington D.C., to prepare her for a Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) summer internship with the Census Bureau, in Denver, Colo.

A business administration advertising major/minor in art, Ruybal is "excited" for her first visit to Washington, D.C., and spending the summer in Denver, where she eventually wants to live and work.

According to the HACU Website, the mission of the organization is to be the champions of Hispanic success in higher education by promoting the development of member colleges and universities; improving access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and meeting the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise.

Ruybal's supervisor in the business office, Benny Chacon, brought the internship opportunity to her attention. "Jamilia, though quiet, is hard working, a quick learner and willing to help," said Chacon, Adams State Perkins Loan officer. "I thought that she would be a good candidate for the internship, because she not afraid to try new things. She has set high goals for herself and I know, without a doubt, she will succeed."

After a phone interview with four federal employees, Ruybal was placed in the Census Bureau. The internship has required filling out many forms, questionnaires and applications, but Ruybal said it is worth it.

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By Linda Relyea