Internship Opportunities For HS Students


Internship Opportunities For HS Students

Northern New Mexico College, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, and Rio Arriba county High Schools will partner this year to launch a new workforce development program providing college undergraduates and high school juniors and seniors internship opportunities with small businesses in Rio Arriba County. The program gives interns the opportunity to work in a local business, learn from their experience at work and in the classroom, and earn an hourly wage paid by the program. Business mentors provide meaningful work experiences to eager students while teaching, training and coaching them.

Internships must be focused on the students completing a specific project or projects for the businesses in addition to daily work tasks. Projects may include such things as: creating a presentation; performing research and documenting it; creating a survey for customers; or planning a project or event. Businesses should assign a mentor to the intern, and mentors are expected to work alongside interns to teach and train them and give them the necessary tools and knowledge needed to complete their project(s). Interns are not intended to replace other employees. There will be a mandatory workshop for business mentors on February 28th at 5:30-7:00pm, at Northern in ADM 101-102 Mentors must attend the workshop to be considered for an intern this semester.

The students will be paid hourly by the program for 15-20 hours per week and up to 16 weeks of work (repeat clients may be asked to make a small donation to the program). We ask that the work is spread out throughout the program, as students will also be learning in a classroom setting to augment their learning at work.

To be considered for a student to intern, please fill in the form below and send via e-mail to Joaquin Gallegos at For questions, contact Joaquin at (505) 747-5480. Thank you for your interest in our students for your internship opportunities, and we look forward to receiving your application!

Spring/Summer, 2017 Schedule for Businesses:

February 26 – Deadline to submit application

February 28, 5:30-7:00pm – Mandatory mentor workshop at UNM-LA Wallace Hall (Building 5)

March 6 – Businesses receive resumes of students who applied for their internship

March 6-8 – Businesses interview candidates

March 10 – Deadline for businesses to submit ranking of candidates

March 14 – Business/intern pairings announced

Week of April 3 – Interns begin working at businesses

Week of May 28 – 1 week break from internship

July 18, 4:30-6:30pm – Student presentations (Mentors highly encouraged to attend)

July 25 – Program ends