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

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

    How I came to get involved with NPI and what I'm learning (or hope to learn):
    I'm learning how to partner will small business within San Jose's 3rd Legislative District and promote economic development. I currently work for Councilman Sam Liccardo and have been truly amazed by the power of city government in regards to making neighborhoods stronger.

    My first encounters with NPI were at a carniceria called Yolanda’s in District 3. I played the unique role of focusing on financials and modernizing a point of sale (POS) system in the store while using my Spanish language to communicate more effectively with the primarily Latino, Spanish-speaking clientele. 

    My work at Yolanda’s continues today, mainly as a result of what I learned through my experiences there. I realized that I committed to a neighbor, a community member, and more importantly, a family member of this larger global family, that I would see the project through until its completion. It’s a project that will “take as long as it takes.” NPI has taught me to stay true to my word, see projects through until the end, and most importantly, to seek justice for those we serve. It was a humbling experience and I know I will continue to focus my efforts in this area of San Jose through Sam Liccardo’s office.

     
  •  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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