Winter & Spring 2017 Fellow,
Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley
Samantha's final thoughts on her internship:
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley's Family College Success Center organizes free educational programs for high school students and their families in East San Jose. The Center does not design its own curriculum, but coordinates with outside organizations with specialties in their fields to instruct the classes.
My responsibilities included organizing and facilitating classes; designing promotional materials; contributing to HFSV's social media and using Salesforce to support organizational goals.
I feel that I've made positive contributions to the HFSV by customizing the Salesforce platform and helping brainstorm new program ideas like the College Speaker Series and an "Adulting 101" course. The familiarity with Salesforce will allow the Foundation to keep better track of its students and the courses will hopefully open new avenues for appealing to students and preparing them for college.
There are several classes that directly tied into work that I did. From MGMT 174 - The Social Psychology of Leadership, I learned how to motivate and work with people. From OMIS 15 - Introduction to Spreadsheets, I learned Excel skills. And, from MGMT 166 HR Management, I learned how to motivate students to participate.
Professionally, the familiarity with Salesforce and experience working with multiple generations of people was very helpful. Personally, the most beneficial aspect was having Maria as a mentor. She's amazing and I am so happy and thankful to be connected with her. I've learned so much and gotten much better at presenting myself to others just from observing her.