Every year during the month of May the abounding sound of "Pomp and Circumstance" fills auditoriums across the country.  College students march down the aisle and across the stage waving in triumph to family and friends in the crowd. Yet for many students it is often the case that they do not have a job to immediately march to upon graduation.  How can students avoid this fate?  The answer for UNM West student, Ariel M., was an internship program.  Ariel was kind enough to sit down and share her story with us earlier this month.

Here's the Dilly Yo on Ariel:

Graduated from UNM: December 2014

Major: BA in Marketing and Human Resources

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Hobbies: reading, shopping, traveling, and basketball

Campus Activities: Delta Sigma Pi

Interned with: Hewlett Packard

What were your job duties and responsibilities?  It really depends, I interned with both the marketing department and the sales department. I helped foster relationships with UNM, DSP, and the new intern program. I learned all of the tools a salesperson needs and was able to back up my teammates.

What did you most enjoy about your internship? I loved meeting new people and learning about a Fortune 15 company.


What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?  I was part of the first group of interns at the Rio Rancho site ever, so it was hard determining what my goals were and how I could fit into such a huge company. It is definitely really flattering that I was chosen, but also very intimidating.

How did your classroom experience at UNM West prepare you for your internship?  I took my first marketing class at UNM West and decided that is what I wanted to major in. It was the first class that sparked my interest and passion. I went on to take other classes there, including finance, and I really needed the small classroom sizes. The facility is also gorgeous!


How has your internship prepared you for a career?  I accepted a job with HP which was a really nice segue into the workforce. I started with sales, which was my internship so I had a working background of processes and what it takes to me a rep. And I am currently in marketing, which I also worked so I had a really good network and people were more willing to listen to me since I was someone they worked with for a long time.

What recommendations do you have for other students about doing an internship? It is beyond important to grow your network and to make yourself uncomfortable. I am pretty shy, so I had to go out of my way to try to speak to people and that is how I ended up with an internship from the VP of marketing. Also, do your very best, it is one long interview.

Two things to remember:  1. UNM West is Gorgeous!  2. An internship can land you a pretty sweet job after graduation.  If you are interested in learning more about internship opportunities at UNM West visit http://unmwest.unm.edu/connect.  To read more UNM West Side Stories features visit http://unmwest.unm.edu/west-side-stories.