Nine FIU students receive national scholarships to attend HACU's National Conference in D.C.

Congratulations to the nine FIU students who have received full scholarships to attend the 2012 HACU National Conference on October 20-22 in D.C. Carmen Rodriguez, Abid Ali, Bianca Bonilla, Edward Delgado, Jessica Ellis, Karen Fernandez, Maria Martinez, Michael Pedroza, and Danielle Cohen are the first FIU students to receive scholarships to attend a HACU national conference.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) represents more than 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S. and abroad. Special Student Track Workshops and a Career Fair will be part of HACU’s 26th Annual Conference. The scholarships, funded by HACU partners, will pay for the FIU students’ conference registration, travel to D.C., lodging, and meals. This year’s location in the nation’s capital will offer unparalleled networking opportunities for FIU students.

FIU will also feature prominently in this national conference by leading a panel on “Identifying and Coaching Students to Compete Successful for Global Fellowships that Launch Global Careers”. Senior International Officer, Lari Martinez will be joined by the Rangel Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and IIE which coordinated other global programs including the Borens, Fulbrights, Gilmans, and Critical Language Scholarships. The panel will showcase FIU’s recent student successes in nationally competitive awards, including two of 20 national Pickerings (valued at $100,000 each) and one of 19 Rangels (valued at $90,000) in 2012.

FIU students, in all majors and at all levels, undergraduate and graduate, have benefitted from HACU’s National Internship Program which is recognized as the best in the country. HACU places over 600 student interns each year with federal agencies in Washington or in field offices around the country. Partner employers include Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Lockheed Martin, PBS, GE, Eli Lilly, the CIA, USAID, National Science Foundation, Library of Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Interior, Labor, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, to name a few.

The Wall Street Journal's survey of employers said more than 50% of their new-graduate hires had been interns at their companies; 14% said more than 75% were. The National Association of Colleges and Employers reported in its 2010 Internship Survey that nearly 57% of students from the class of 2009 were converted from interns to full-time hires, up from 50% the previous year. In the past, a student’s participation in an internship was considered desirable. Increasingly, it is a necessity and becoming part of an undergraduate’s student undergraduate education for which they receive academic credit.

For more information on HACU’s national internship program, click here: