August 12, 2022

College students complete summer session of the HACU National Internship Program

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities bid farewell to its 2022 Summer interns with a virtual gathering on August 11, 2022.

More than 146 college students were among the participants of the HACU National Internship Program, summer session, which is celebrating a 30-year anniversary since its inception. The internship program which began with 24 interns was one of the first student programs created by the Association after its founding in 1986. HACU has provided more than 14,000 internship placements to date. HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores thanked the agencies that have provided internships for students to gain experience while in college.

Mike Flores, chancellor of Alamo Colleges District in San Antonio and former intern of the program, congratulated the students for completing their internships and recalled his internship in the mid- 90’s at the U.S. Department of Energy in D.C. “I was able to work with individuals from throughout to be able to look at the reinventing government initiative,” said Flores. “It was indeed a memorable experience for myself, and I am sure your experience has been just as memorable.”

The positive experience and the opportunities that the program provides is echoed among many interns. “I am super grateful to HACU to have given me this opportunity,” said Houda Elghefari, senior in accounting from California State University, Northridge. “I will never forget this. It will be part of my life experience.” Elghefari was among the interns serving this summer.

Participants of the program included undergraduate and graduate students from more than 93 higher education institutions who served internships with federal agencies across the country. HACU encourages past participants to become part of its Alumni Network and update their information by completing the HNIP Alumni Census.

The following agencies in the Washington, D.C., metro area, and field offices throughout the country provided students with summer internships:

  • U.S. Department of Treasury
    • Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    • Internal Revenue Service
    • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
    • Office of Minority and Women Inclusion
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Food and Drug Administration
    • National Institutes of Health
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • Agricultural Marketing Service
    • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    • Agricultural Research Service
    • Economic Research Service
    • Food Safety and Inspection Service
    • Foreign Agricultural Service
    • Forest Service
    • National Agricultural Statistics Service
    • National Institute of Food and Agriculture
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service
    • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    • Office of the General Counsel
  • Library of Congress
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Credit Union Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

HACU bid farewell to college students of the summer session of the HACU National Internship Program during a virtual gathering on August 11, 2022.