PSJA Memorial ECHS students Serina Kornegay and Jennifer Crossman wrote a feature story on this year’s Operation Lone Star event at PSJA ECHS as part of their internship at the Rio Grande Guardian.

Partnerships with local businesses provide internships for PSJA ISD students

PHARR – Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD partnered with numerous local businesses this summer to ensure high school students gained work experience in the field of their choice.

As part of the 2017 Summer Internship Program through the PSJA Career Technical Education Department (PSJA CTE), seven juniors and seniors interned at The Monitor, Rio Grande Guardian, the Numbers Co. and NAFT Federal Credit Union.

Participating high school students included:

• Candy L. Gonzalez from PSJA North ECHS, intern at The Numbers Co.

• Jennifer Crossman from PSJA Memorial ECHS, intern at Rio Grande Guardian

• Serina Kornegay from PSJA Memorial ECHS, intern at Rio Grande Guardian International News Service

• Yesenia Padron from PSJA Southwest ECHS, intern at The Monitor

• Karina Padron from PSJA Southwest ECHS, intern at The Monitor

• Karla Vega from PSJA Sotomayor ECHS, intern at NAFT Federal Credit Union

In addition to providing high school students with the opportunity to earn college credit through the district’s Early College Program, PSJA ISD believes internship opportunities can open yet another door for students wanting to learn more about their career interest.

For Serina Kornegay, now a senior at PSJA Memorial Early College High School, spending part of her summer as the editor intern for the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service was unforgettable.

“I learned many important lessons about the workforce, networking and communicating with others,” shared Kornegay, who got to write and have articles published, such as one featuring this year’s Operation Lone Star event. “I will take all that I learned this summer with me as I pursue my professional career and will always be grateful for this opportunity.”

PSJA ISD is looking for additional business partners to join these efforts. If interested, please email stephanie.mendez@psjaisd.us.

Press release courtesy of PSJA ISD.

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