The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business received a $50,000 grant from BB&T to support paid internship opportunities for 12 business students at San Antonio nonprofits. Working to advance the areas of community economic development, children and youth, education and literacy and social justice, BB&T selected six nonprofit organizations to participate in the BB&T Nonprofit Internship Program.
Organizations included the Boys & Girls Club, Catholic Charities, Family Service Association, Goodwill, the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders and San Antonio Education Partnership.
“BB&T has always been a partner, an advocate and a force for change,” said Mark A. Nerio, vice president and community development specialist at BB&T. “We share our strength and knowledge to enrich our neighborhoods through community development, leadership and innovation. The BB&T Program, in partnership with the UTSA College of Business, has a positive impact on the students’ learning as well as on the capacity of the nonprofit organizations to deliver needed services to San Antonio residents.”
Students selected to participate in this program were Igal Avshman, actuarial science; Tanya Cazares, management; Annabell Chao, accounting; Dianne Cortinas, marketing; Jenna Hancock, international business management; David Fuentes, human resource management; Paula Heredia, accounting; Joseph Horne, actuarial science; Walter Montesinos, marketing; Nelson Morales, marketing; Carlos Uroza, actuarial science; and Mariah Villanueva, sport, event and tourism management.
“We are grateful to BB&T for this partnership,” said Lisa Montoya, associate dean of undergraduate studies in the UTSA College of Business. “This experience will enhance our business students’ skills and allow them to make a significant contribution toward the mission of each organization. Our students are interested in using their business skills to benefit the nonprofit sector.”
The students will each complete 200 hours of work this summer as part of the internship experience.
“My favorite part of the internship is being able to work with actual data,” said Avshman, who is interning at Family Service Association. “Knowing that the conclusions I draw can be used for business decision making has made my internship rewarding. My work in applied statistics at UTSA has helped me succeed.”
A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the United States and operates 2,263 financial centers in 15 states and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services.
The UTSA College of Business transforms students from the curious and hopeful into confident and career-ready young professionals. With over 5,400 students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level, the college aims to be the best in class by focusing on educational programs that provide both applied business and technical skills in areas of high-workforce demand as well as professional and entrepreneurial skills that help students create value for their organization and integrate into the workforce.
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