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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2007

HACU National Internship Program Formally Recognized in Congressional Record

Washington, D.C. -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) received formal recognition by Congress on the 15th Anniversary of the HACU National Internship Program (HNIP), which has become the nation’s largest Hispanic college internship program.

Remarks praising HNIP for promoting workforce diversity were inserted into the permanent Congressional Record by Congressman Joe Baca of California, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.  To view these remarks click here.

 “We are delighted and honored to receive this official recognition for a program that has introduced more than 6,500 top Hispanic college students to meaningful career opportunities through paid internships with our distinguished federal and private-sector partners,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores.
 
“This remarkable program truly is opening new doors of opportunity for the nation’s youngest and largest ethnic population, while directly addressing the historic under-representation of Hispanics in federal workforce ranks and in private-sector management ranks,” Flores said. “Congressman Joe Baca of California is a long-time champion of HACU and Hispanic higher education success. We are deeply grateful for his continuing support for this critically needed program.”

HACU represents more than 450 member colleges and universities serving the largest concentrations of Hispanic higher education students in the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as a fast-growing international membership.

The HACU National Internship Program 15th Anniversary Gala is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 26, 2007 in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit the HACU Web site at http://www.hacu.net/.

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