UNM West

MSC 12-7270
2600 College Blvd. NE,
Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Phone: 505-925-8669
Fax: 505-925-8684



What is UNM West Connect?

UNM West Connect is a summer internship program for University students that partners with businesses and community organizations throughout Sandoval County.

UNM West Connect Creates Opportunities for Students to Contribute to the Community

  • Community engagement activities include creative and professional work experiences that help students receive a well-rounded education.
  • These experiences integrate knowledge and classroom theory with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.
  • Each experience makes meaningful connections for students, business, nonprofit and civic organizations.  Everyone wins!

Engaging University Scholars Through Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning is defined as “the process of making meaning from direct experience.”  What a valuable way to help build tomorrow’s workforce today.

Experiential Learning at UNM West creates internship opportunities to:

  • Apply theories from classroom to real work settings
  • Identify and practice skills that can be used in the workplace
  • Build life experiences
  • Give employers the opportunity to guide and develop student
  • Build a stronger economic base in Sandoval County

Supervised, assessed Experiential Learning opportunities promote  academic growth, career development, cultural and community  awareness, leadership and other intellectual skills.

Businesses and community organizations looking to participate in the UNM West Connect Program should contact Elizabeth Miller, Ed.D., at 505-925-8687 or schlbeth@unm.edu.

Students interested in Summer 2015 Internship positions should contact UNM West Communications faculty members Laura Burton (tanimara@unm.edu) or Cleophas Muneri (cmuneri@unm.edu) ASAP!