Four UTRGV students to learn about EDC’s projects
Mission EDC welcomed four new interns in July to the CEED Building. Here, they will work alongside professionals in their chosen field of study through December 2017.
The Mission EDC’s internship program is a collaboration with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The program teaches students how their majors can play a role in the world of economic development – all the while earning a paycheck.
Mission EDC partnered with UTRGV to create the internship program in order to introduce students to all of the innovative projects being presented by the EDC. Alex Meade, Mission EDC’s CEO, hopes Mission EDC staff could also learn from the students especially in the area of technology.
“We felt that creating an internship program for the Mission EDC with positions that focused on areas such as technology and marketing was a natural next step for us,” said Meade. “UTRGV has a talented pool of students who are eager to get real-world experience. We want to create a win-win situation with this program so the students and the Mission EDC both benefit, and I think we’ve done that.”
Meade adds that having students work with Mission EDC and experience the environment at CEED also creates great opportunities to develop advocates for small business, entrepreneurship, innovation and technology related businesses.
The four interns are:
- Miriam Montelongo is a 21-year-old marketing major set to graduate May 2018. She is the marketing intern and her responsibilities include social media, content development and marketing.
- Stephany Lopez is a 20-year-old computer engineering major set to graduate December 2018. Stephany is program intern. She works alongside Program Director Cristina Garza to create an array of STEAM initiatives hosted within the CEED building.
- Jared Stephens is a 24-year-old computer science major set to graduate May 2018. Jared is a technology intern; he assists the Technology Director Joel Garza.
- Jesus Sanchez is an 18-year-old computer science major set to graduate May 2022. Jesus is a technology intern; he assists the Technology Director Joel Garza.
Mission EDC, a component of the City of Mission, Texas, is tasked with creating jobs, attracting capital investment, improving the quality of life and strengthening the workforce in Mission. It focuses on five areas: entrepreneurship and STEAM education, business expansion and retention, recruitment, infrastructure and transportation and quality of life.
Story by Alex Meade, CEO Mission EDC