Students celebrate success
August 15, 2011
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- The Minority College Relations Program celebrated the end of another semester with a cook-out at Rock Island Arsenal’s Memorial Park, Aug. 11. The gathering honored 12 students who successfully completed the program.
The program, in place at six Army installations, focuses on getting students integrated into the federal workplace and showing them many different ways to serve the nation, aside from military service.
“The most important part of the experience was the fact that I got to experience a real professional-type setting,” said Judith Rivera, University of Texas at El Paso graduate. “I hadn’t really had that before. I’m taking a real professional mind-set away.”
William Hamlette, Norfolk State University, said this was a great experience. “It gave me a lot of experience with the government, working with the Army and with military intelligence people. I’ve never had an experience like this in my life,” he said.
To be eligible, interns must be a junior, senior or recent graduate of a four-year college or university that is historically an African-American, Hispanic, tribal or other minority institution. Students and recent graduates must be U.S. citizens and pass a background check.
To complete their internship, participants must make a PowerPoint presentation to their commander, explaining their assignments and what they learned from their experience.
Other interns in the MCRP program include: Daisy Guerrero, University of Texas at El Paso, studying accounting and finance; Jasmin White, Prairie View A&M;University, studying accounting; Katarrus Poney, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, studied business administration and management; Arthur Stith, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, studying business administration and management; Danielle Rushing, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, studied business marketing; David Williams Jr., Alcorn State University, studied computer networking and information technology; and Juhwon Peoples, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, studying regulatory science: health and safety; Serina Allingham, New Mexico Highlands University graduate; John Graesser, University of Texas at El Paso graduate; Corey Williams, Tuskegee University, studying history and international affairs.