Posts Tagged ‘volunteering’

Interships available

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

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Are you a high school senior or college student looking for an internship? Get involved with the Latinos in College initiative!

I have recently helped launch this nationwide public awareness campaign to help increase the number of Latinos/Hispanics who graduate from college. Yes, it’s not just about getting into a university but graduating with a four year degree. And although right now there are opportunities out there for people with great technical skills and lots of experience, keep in mind that the unemployment rate for people without a college degree is three times higher than for people with a college degree.

So, here’s a great opportunity: Latinos in College is looking for interns to help us with Internet marketing. What does it mean? That you’ll be using Internet tools to make other students aware of our initiative and website. You’ll be using Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and all the other Social Networking sites to drive traffic to our site.

We are looking for a team of committed students. Here’s how you’ll benefit:

  • You’ll be in touch with experts in various industries who can open doors for you now and in the future
  • You’ll gain experience in a critical field that will give you an edge when you look for a job
  • You’ll have a wonderful internship experience to add to your resume
  • You’ll be in touch with other students with a Latino background who can support you in your own path to college

    We are looking for people who:

  • Are high school seniors, college students and recent college grads
  • Are very well versed in Social Networking tools and on how the Internet works
  • Are motivated, self directed and enthusiastic about education
  • Are interested in developing their leadership skills
  • Are interested in helping other Hispanic students

    Although this is an unpaid internship, you may be able to get college credits for it. Check with your school.

    If you are interested in becoming a part of this exciting initiative, contact us today at: mariela@latinosincollege.com

  • Best way to find a job

    Monday, March 23rd, 2009

    Have you seen the lines of people applying for jobs every time there’s a job opening or a career fair? Have you actually stood in one of those lines yourself hoping to land a job?

    My question is: What are the chances of you getting a job for which there are thousands of applicants? If you take into consideration the waiting, the frustration, and the anxiety you experience as you talk to other unemployed people, it is definitely not the best way to spend your time.

    Volunteering in a project or organization you care about is a much more effective way to invest your time. You get to develop meaningful relationships with people who share your interests and who appreciate your dedication, you stay active and you might even learn a few new skills that will come handy when you find work again. And as 70-80% of jobs are still found through networking, building a stronger network is a better path to employment than anything else.

    But there’s an additional benefit to volunteering: you get to discover what you are really passionate about, something critical in a time when you might need to change careers or the industry where you work. Realizing that you are good with people and that you’d rather spend time helping them get healthy than, say, trading stocks, is a great first step towards a more fulfilled life.

    Take the opportunity to seriously explore your options and to connect your skills with your knowledge and passion. You may be surprised by how good it feels to do something you love even if it means you will make less money or that you will have to create your own job. Speaking of which… I think this is the way of the future. But that’s the topic for a different post!

    Volunteers Needed

    Friday, October 3rd, 2008

    I recently attended the annual conference of the Advisory Council of the Hispanic Initiative of Junior Achievement Worldwide www.ja.org, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    This wonderful initiative currently in place in seven sites (Northern California, Southern California, Chicago, New York, Albuquerque, Atlanta, and Denver) hopes to reach more Hispanic students on the key issues that Junior Achievement promotes: financial literacy, entrepreneurial skills and workforce readiness through experiential, hands-on activities. All areas that are crucial for the future success of our children.

    This is a great opportunity for the Hispanic community to support education and be role models for our youth by volunteering to teach the program in classrooms from K-12. You will get a two hour training, a kit of materials and lots of support from JA to make your participation a success.

    It’s ideal for professionals, retired people, homemakers, college students, entrepreneurs and anybody who wishes to make an impact on young students. The organization will work with your schedule so that you may volunteer when it’s most convenient.

    A lot of us grew up in countries where volunteering is not part of our culture. But as I said in other posts, it’s as American as apple pie, and we need to step forward and invest our time in organizations that are creating a path to success for our youngsters.