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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

    Give a brief summary of your responsibilities/tasks in the internship. 
    In the Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo, my primary responsibilities revolved around initiatives directed towards at-risk youth and included preparing briefing materials for policy advisors, tracking progress on legislation, and conducting research. Additionally, I assisted with event planning as well as responding to constituent inquiries.

    How do you think you made positive contributions to the department/organization?
    I have a lot of pride knowing I was Liccardo’s first intern as mayor and I feel privileged that I was able to be a part of his transition into a new role. I was able to make positive contributions to the team by having the willingness and drive to take on any task as well as by being flexible and resilient through continuous change. By preparing materials for the next round of interns, I was able to leave behind a guide for others to ease their transition into City Hall.     

    How did this experience enhance or connect to what you are learning in your business or other courses?
    Prior to this experience, my only knowledge of politics came from my courses at SCU and this fellowship allowed me to see the public policy making process firsthand. As a marketing and political science major, my position was the perfect blend of both disciplines because I was able to utilize the skills I have acquired in various courses. The political environment is dynamic and always moving, which I find exhilarating, and this experience has shown me that there are numerous sectors that I can apply my business degree. 

    What was the most beneficial aspect of this experience for you?
    The most beneficial aspect of this experience was being able to be a part of such meaningful work that impacts a community greater than my own. This position has given me much fulfillment and moving forward, I know civic engagement will play a big role in my life.  

     


  •  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

    Give a brief summary of your responsibilities/tasks in the internship.  
    • Gathered and interpreted weekly web leads and presented data to COO and center directors
    • Assisted the public relations manager with promotional flyer creation and editing
    • Helped CET with all logistical planning, and operational tasks surrounding the grand opening of a new center
       in Colton, CA.
    • Created a welcome video for the Colton Center including collecting video clips from students and staff from all
       CET centers
    • Organized, centralized, and reinvented social media accounts in Facebook for all 15 centers
    • Opened new social media accounts and helped train CET members how to use social media to their advantage
    • Utilized Excel and CRM to assess CET market and helped create a new strategic plan for CET in the future
    • Gathered information and data to help in the creation of a new website for CET set to launch September 2015

    How do you think you made positive contributions to the department/organization?
    I helped CET revamp in regards to social media. I also helped with logistical planning for Colton. I gave my opinion in strategic meetings for the grand opening in Cotlon. I also created a video project to present at the grand opening and travelled down to Cotlon, CA to help execute the grand oening event. One of my greatest contributions to CET was my positive, can-do attitude because each day it seemed like some new project came up so I was always willing to take on whatever came my way. It was important to be open minded at my internship because there was a lot of creative ways to help, but I had to be a self-starter in order to go beyond my daily tasks. For example, my supervisors did not ask or anticipate me making a video for Colton, but they loved my idea and allowed me to pursue it for the grand opening. Overall, I believe that I brought a fresh, young perspective to CET and brought my analytical and creative skills to help improve CET’s marketing department.

    How did this experience enhance or connect to what you are learning in your business or other courses?
    I saw many connections between what I have been learning in the classroom and what I have been doing at my internship. I definitely used Excel skills from my OMIS classes on a daily basis. I also found connections in my Managament 160 class because I was able to see a corporate headquarters culture first hand at CET. I was in my Introduction to Marketing class during my first quarter at CET and every day I was able to connect some part of my class to my internship which definitely helped my success in that class. It was very exciting to find these connections throughout my time at CET because it enhanced my ability to learn in the classroom and contribute in my nonprofit internship experience. One of the best parts of my experience in NPI was the way that I was able to integrate CET into many of my class projects. I fulfilled my Arrupe requirement at CET for my ELSJ class, I gave an informational speech about CET for my public speaking class, and I wrote a research paper about CET culture for my management class. In addition, I reflected on my diversity class that I had taken the previous year, Introduction to Latino/Latina studies, because of the rich history that CET has in regards to the United Farm Workers and Cesar Chavez. Overall, my internship through the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative has allowed me to realize my passion for impactful, nonprofit business and enhanced the meaning behind my studies in the Leavey School of Business.

    What was the most beneficial aspect of this experience for you?
    I believe that our meetings with Jackie each month gave me time to reflect on my experiences in my internship. I believe it is extremely important to reflect on impactful experiences such as this because otherwise you do not get the full benefit of the experience. I loved the retreat that we took in the beginning of the internship because it allowed me to set goals and I think it may have been helpful to have a closing retreat as well to reflect even more on my experiences. 

     

     

  •  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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