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CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich at 661/664-2456 or

Three California State University, Bakersfield students have been awarded 10-week summer internships by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

The Three Students Are
Janet Zavala

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Whose internship will be with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Maria Del Carmen Melgoza

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Who will spend her internship with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Joanna Oseguera

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Who will serve an internship at the National Science Foundation.

Zavala, who has just completed her freshman year, has been placed with the USDA's Farm Service Agency in Montgomery, Ala. The Arvin High School graduate is a business administration major who plans on concentrating in international business.

"I'm looking for the experience of working with people and gaining a broader experience," she said. "This will be a big help with my chosen career path."

Del Carmen Melgoza is completing her junior year at CSUB. She came to Bakersfield five years ago from the Mexican state of Michoacan. An East Bakersfield High School graduate, she is majoring in business administration with a concentration in accounting and a minor in Spanish. Her internship this summer will be with the Department of Health and Human Services in suburban Washington, D.C., in Maryland. She will be working with accountants in the agency's finance department.

"I'm very excited because this is the first internship in my major," she said. "I'm sure it will be very challenging."

Oseguera, who is completing her sophomore year at CSUB, is majoring in geology with a concentration in hydrology. She, too, graduated from Arvin High School.

Her internship is with the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs. The office funds research of the Arctic and Antarctic, she said. "I'll be having several projects to complete, putting together data bases of research programs on the polar regions," she said.

The HACU National Internship Program (HNIP) recruits college students for paid summer- and semester-long internships at federal agencies and private corporations in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country. These 10- and 15-week internship programs give college students direct experience in diverse careers in the federal and corporate sectors.

Over the past 10 years, HNIP has placed more than 3,800 college students in internships matching their majors and career goals. Participating agencies and corporations hope to increase diversity in their work force by providing these internships to high-achieving Hispanic students. This creates a pipeline of future employees who have had positive, meaningful work experience.

For more information about HACU National Internships, please call the CSUB Office of Diversity Initiatives at (661) 664-3052.