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 NPI Fellows

The NPI Fellows are students who participate in an internship with our NPI community partners. There are a total of five internships that are offered each quarter. These are the testimonies of students who have interned.

 
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  •  Karisma Garcia-Valencia '15 (Office of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo)

    2015 NPI Fellow
    Majors: Marketing & Political Science
    Hometown: Turlock, CA
    Interests: Travelling, Outdoor Activities, Impact Investing, Philanthropy
    Organization: Office of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo

    What are your primary responsibilities?
    As an intern, my primary responsibilities consist of research and administrative tasks. When Liccardo was running for mayor, he wrote a book titled Safer City, Smarter Government: A Plan for San Jose’s Future and I am currently conducting preliminary research on two initiatives outlined in the book. These initiatives would expand after-school programs as well as invest in programs that provide career training and secondary education for at risk youth. 

    What do you hope to learn from this experience?
    As a senior, I hope this experience will allow me to continue to discern which field I should pursue a career in. I am strongly interested in learning about the relationship between the the public and private sector, especially when it comes to economic development, and I believe this experience will expand my knowledge on this matter as well as allow me to find what role I could potentially play. 

    What do you hope to contribute to the organization?
    I have taken advantage of numerous internship opportunities during my time at Santa Clara, and I hope I can contribute the skills I have acquired to the organization. My attention to detail and ability to work in a fast paced environment will supplement these initiatives and will allow me to accomplish a variety of tasks.  


  •  Emily Lacey-Gordon '16 (Center for Employment Training)

    2015 NPI Fellow
    Major: Marketing
    Minors: Retail Studies, Dance
    Hometown: Santa Barbara, Ca
    Interests: I am a creative-thinker and I love dancing and teaching kickboxing at the on campus gym at Santa Clara University. In my free time I enjoy cooking and traveling and taking long walks on the beach. 
    Organization: Marketing and Public Relations Intern, CET

    What are your primary responsibilities?
    I assist the Public Relations Director and COO with Marketing campaigns and Social Media for all 15 CET locations across the United States. I am also planning the Grand Opening of the newest CET in Colton, CA.

    What do you hope to learn from this experience?
    I hope to gain experience from the event planning for CET Colton. I also hope to understand all the logistics and steps that it takes to create a comprehensive Marketing campaign. 

    What do you hope to contribute to the organization?
    I want to contribute my business school training and my Special Events planning experience to the San Jose CET as we all work together to maintain and improve the 15 CET locations and open a new CET in Colton. Most of all, I want to leave CET feeling as though I positively impacted the organization. 

     
  •  Sean Roe, '15 (San Jose Councilmember Sam Liccardo's Office)

    2014 NPI Fellow
    Major/Minor(s):
    OMIS and Spanish/International Business
    Hometown: Mill Creek, WA
    Interests/Hobbies: hiking, guitar, piano, geography, aviation, church ministry

    Give a brief summary of your responsibilities/tasks in the internship:
    I had the honor of serving Legislative District 3 of San Jose - Sam Liccardo as a Council Assistant. My everyday tasks varied from attending Rules and Open Government Committee Meetings to walking and talking to constituents throughout District 3. Occasionally I used my Spanish to advertise for neighborhood council meetings, while other times I put my boots on and distributed trash bags and granola bars to needy people in the Tully Road homeless encampment. I literally had to be ready for anything.

    How do you think you made positive contributions to the department/organization?
    My big project was undertaking our district's participation in the citywide Great American Litter Pick Up for Earth Day 2014. I was able to coordinate with city leaders and nearly 100 volunteers to aid in garbage pickups in the Gardner and Selma-Olinder neighborhoods. The event was a huge success! I also was able to explore inefficiencies in the city's permitting and planning department. I recognized how several efforts were already being made within the city to increase inefficiencies. Although I wasn't able to redesign the system, I was able to do valuable research and look into more efficient permitting and planning systems around the country.

    What was the most beneficial aspect of this experience for you?
    Overall, this experience was most valuable to me because it gave me a candid behind the scenes perspective of any city's largest advocate and hindrance for aid to the poor, underserved and marginalized. I was able to witness the ways that cities pass legislation and leverage their resources to either help or not help people who need it most. Although I am not pursuing a political career, I know that being a man of service will always play an important role in my business career. While many corporations make social sustainability a company priority, many do not. Now that I have an insider’s perspective on how government works, I know I can be an advocate or liaison between government and corporations.

     
  •  Billy Bouzos, '14 (Catering for a Cause NPI Fellow/Intern)

    Give a brief summary of your responsibilities/tasks in the internship. 

    At Catering with a Cause, I was mainly responsible for creating advertisements, flyers, and other promotional materials. They were really looking to build a brand, so they needed someone to produce collateral that they felt represented them through and through. Additionally, I was also responsible for helping with food deliveries and event setups.

    How/in what way do you think you made positive contributions to the department/organization?

    The most significant contributions I made to Catering with a Cause manifested themselves in two ways. The first, I think, is that I provided them with a branding template. The layouts I created for flyers, ads, e-mails, and otherwise can be reused with different information. In that sense, I saved them time, effort, and capital. The second way I felt I made a significant contribution was in freeing up my manager’s time. By taking care of the branding and marketing collateral, he had much more time to deal with clients and to do more direct marketing.

    How/in what ways did this experience enhance or connect to what you are learning in your LSB courses?

    This experience enhanced what I have been learning in my Leavey School of Business courses by providing real world context and, well, experience. I learned a lot about what works and what does not work in marketing for organizations; it helped me differentiate between theory and practice.

    What was the most beneficial aspect of this experience for you?

    Definitely working with the people at the Center for Employment Training (CET). Everyone there seems to love what they do, and they were nothing but appreciative of my help. It also provided some very thought-provoking insights. I worked for what was essentially a for-profit business within a non-profit (Catering with a Cause solely supports the CET). I would highly recommend this internship, it meant a lot to me, and I can honestly say that what I learned exceeded well beyond my expectations.

     

  •  Trevor Romele, '15 (CET NPI Fellow/Intern)

    Give a brief summary of your responsibilities/tasks in the internship.

    During my time at Center for Employment Training (CET) I had many different responsibilities.  On a day-to-day basis, I would help students with resumes, cover letters, apply for jobs, create/manage social media posts, and create newsletters. 

    How/in what way do you think you made positive contributions to the department/organization?

    Since CET is a non-profit, it was understaffed.  Throughout my time at CET, I helped out all departments, whether it be making an iMovie for a Business Office Technology Class, or directly meeting with an employer and finding students job opportunities with various skillsets.

    How/in what ways did this experience enhance or connect to what you are learning in your LSB courses?

    In my Leavey School of Business classes, the majority of information I am taught is theory.  It is very difficult to teach practical knowledge in the classroom, so during my time at CET, I was able to relate the theory I was learning in the classroom to my job at CET.  It was also interesting to take some of the techniques in classes such as marketing and apply them to pieces of work I created and see if they were successful.

    What was the most beneficial aspect of this experience for you?

    The most beneficial component of this job was the ability to see firsthand different aspects of a non-profit and the way it is ran.  I also enjoyed that I felt like I was able to make a difference in the community.  Whether it be the job fair I put together, which resulted in 20 plus students getting jobs, or closely working with a student for multiple days in a row, then finally finding them a career.  When you work at CET, you will find that the work you do has a direct impact on the community.

     

     

 
 
 
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