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Meet the SAEDF Summer Interns

by Allura Guerra

San Antonio’s future workforce is here today, in local colleges and universities, and coming up through the K-12 system. While often thought of as a great way for students to gain experience and build a resume, I’m learning that internships are an invaluable tool to grow San Antonio’s future workforce.

The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) welcomed three interns bringing different skills and interests to the team this summer. My name is Allura Guerra and I am a member of SAEDF’s Marketing and Strategy team this summer. I connected with SAEDF through the City of San Antonio Department of Human Services’ Ambassador Program, which matches college students to paid internships in private, non-profit and government organizations.

This Fall I will be a junior at Sam Houston State University and am studying Mass Communication with a concentration in multi-platform journalism. On the SAEDF team, I am managing social media and analytics, writing for the monthly newsletter (just like this!) and supporting public relations efforts. I’m working on tasks that I not only am interested in, but that will help accelerate my future career. I’m hopeful that my experience this summer is helping me create business connections that can open the door to career opportunities in San Antonio post-graduation.

My fellow City of San Antonio Ambassador Program intern is Brandan Garza, a sophomore at Southwestern University majoring in Business and Economics. He is part of SAEDF’s global development team this summer, compiling research for international businesses that are considering a U.S. expansion in San Antonio. After graduating from college, he plans to have a career in Sports Management or a fast-paced office job. When asked what he has enjoyed thus far, Garza said, “I’ve enjoyed meeting business professionals and being able to sit in on important meetings and learning from them”.

SA Works, SAEDF’s workforce development team, also hosts an internship program each summer matching high school students to paid internships in the San Antonio region. Saani Fong, SA Works’ School-to-Career Director, works with hundreds of employers who benefit from both internship programs.

“Overall, internships increase productivity and efficiency. Interns bring new energy and fresh perspectives to the teams they join and are able to get the work done,” Fong said. “Every San Antonio regional employer should consider hiring interns to support their organization and overall our community’s workforce development.”

Bryan Campbell presents to SA Works' Advisory Council.

SAEDF’s third intern, Bryan Campbell, represents the SA Works Internship Program and is working directly with the SA Works team to manage the internship program this summer. Campbell is a senior at San Antonio Christian Schools and is considering majors in Business Administration, Marketing, or Film/ Music Business when he attends college. Campbell is supporting the SA Works team with data entry and analysis for the SA Works Internship program. When asked what he has enjoyed so far, Bryan said, “I have enjoyed the people here – they are amazing!”

While our individual internship experiences differ, one thing is clear – we are learning and contributing to the SAEDF team and furthering its mission to attract and retain quality employers and jobs for San Antonians.

For more information on SA Works and City of San Antonio Ambassador programs, visit www.saworks.org/employers