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People and Events ........6 Puerto Rico Sci- ence, Technology & Research Trust makes history… 4H and Hispanic Chamber of Com- merce open doors for aspiring entre- preneurs.

Career Voices ..............12 Freedom to Drone: Why Unmanned Aircraft Systems Are the Future

he energy industry is a huge sector. So it’s no surprise some of 2015’s 25 best-paid internships were in companies such as Chevron, Schlumberger, and ExxonMobil. In this issue, you will read about these top employ- ers and explore a definitive internships guide. Still, the author — a onetime White House intern, now director of Fellowships and Internships in a Washing- tonian institute — is not the only one with practical advice and tips. From cover to cover, you will meet students, new college hires, and veteran executives with insights and anecdotes about opportunities and possibilities in internships.


Corporate Life ............17 Dare to Soar: Are you ready to soar but feel held back? Here’s what folks who have come through the trenches have to say.

Education ...................20 How to

Succeed in College despite the Obstacles: 10 Tips for Mak- ing it Through

Book Review ...............24 Need to Nail That Internship? Take 100 Steps to the Ultimate Guide

Take Diana Rivera. During high school, she juggled jobs as a lifeguard, waitress, and lab technician with Shell Chemicals. In 2010 she joined a company that develops long-haul transmission lines connecting renewable energy resources to local com- munities. Then there’s Frank Mendoza. During college, he was an IBM intern. One of his proudest career accomplishments is becoming operations engineer for Xcel Energy’s Texas and New Mexico units. Mendoza also volunteers for Xcel’s 4-H Power Camp, where he and colleagues teach high school-age 4-H members electrical safety and basic electrical wiring.

Growing up in Puerto Rico, Jose Zayas designed ventilation systems for a neighbor- hood contractor. Then he became a Sandia National Laboratory intern. Currently, Zaya manages 80 team members and a $100 million plus budget. More than 30 years ago, John Salas joined a small startup as a summer intern. Still with the same firm, the company uses its internship program to work with ACE, an organization that connects architecture, construction, and engineering professional mentors with high school students.

As one of our feature stories put it, forward-thinking students use internships as stepping stones. That statement was as true for Salas in 1979 as it is for three 2014 graduates from Corpus Christi, TX, who leveraged their internships into full-time jobs in the burgeoning drone industry. They, like thousands of others, used intern- ships as stepping stones to gain work experience, help them determine if their area of study is what really interests them, and find employers where they may be able to turn summer work into a full-time job.

Pew Research says that “Roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 today, and about 10,000 more will cross that threshold every day for the next 19 years.” You are their replacements.

Publisher and Editor-in-chief HISPANIC ENGINEER & Information Technology | Fall 2015 3

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