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March 21, 2014

NJ Revilla-Garcia

Latino students participate in HACU STEM Summit at CSUF

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) hosted a summit focused on preparing Latino students for corporate internships and jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The HACU STEM Summit brought university students together with STEM professionals and corporate representatives at the California State University Fullerton (CSUF) campus for a one-day event on March 21, 2014.

“The HACU STEM Summit will provide students with insights from corporate leaders on how to best prepare for career opportunities with Fortune 500 companies,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores “The reality is that we need to work together to increase Hispanic representation in corporate America and also to ensure that students are well-prepared to be selected for employment in the STEM fields.” 

Students at the summit will have an opportunity to network with academics in STEM fields, as well as corporate recruiters seeking a diversified workforce. STEM faculty and advisors will provide input on career building skills, and students will hear about job and internship opportunities in the corporate sector. Students will also receive information about the application process for corporate internships under the HACU National Internship Program, which offers paid internships that introduce students to STEM careers.

“We often hear from corporations that students are not always prepared for interviews. The HACU STEM Summit is designed to provide students with the skills needed for their career search and include one-on-one opportunities for resume and networking practice,” said Rene Gonzalez, who manages corporate internships under the HACU National Internship Program. “Students can expect to receive pointers on what recruiters are looking for on resumes, in interviews, and on how to network.” 

HACU has invited Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) with U.S. Department of Education STEM articulation awards in the Los Angeles area to send at least five participants to the summit.

Approximately 100 students are expected to participate in the summit. The following institutions with an interest in STEM have already committed to participate in this event: 

  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, San Bernardino
  • California State Polytechnic University Pomona
  • Cerritos College
  • El Camino College
  • Long Beach City College
  • Los Angeles Mission College
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • University of California Riverside
  • San Bernardino Valley College

Students attending the "How to Interview in Corporate America" session at the HACU STEM Summit