Butterly in the sky, I can go twice as high.  If you were born or had children after the mid 1980's, you have likely heard the PBS Reading Rainbow theme song.  The show's host, LeVar Burton, told us we could go anywhere and be anything.   Reading Rainbow encouraged viewers to dream big and reach for the stars.  UNM West Communication and Journalism Major, Sage H., is doing just that.  Under the guidance of Communication and Journalism Instructor Laura Burton, Sage was encouraged to participate in the UNM West CONNECT  Internship Program and  landed a paid position with Hewlett-Packard in Rio Rancho. Below is a little bit of her story.

Hi, My name is, what? My name is, who? My name is chicka-chicka Sage H.

Anticipated Graduation Date from UNM: Spring 2016

Major: Bachelor of Arts Organizational Communications

Minor: Psychology

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Hobbies: I love to travel to new places, be outdoors, take my dogs to the river, and be surrounded by friends & family.

Interned with: Hewlett Packard

What were your job duties and responsibilities?  I am an account manager on the Mid-Atlantic Corporate team.

What did you most enjoy about your internship? One of the most enjoyable parts about my internship is being faced with new challenges and learning how to overcome them.

What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?  Learning the ecosystem of a Fortune 50  Company.

How did your classroom experience at UNM West prepare you for your internship?   My classroom experience at UNM West helped me gain the tools and confidence I needed for the interview process. Classes such as Business & Professional Speaking along with Interviewing provided me the knowledge needed to have a successful interview and land the internship position at HP.

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How has your internship prepared you for a career?  My internship has allowed me to get the feel of what it is like to work in a corporate space and has opened my eyes to vast opportunities that are available.

What recommendations do you have for other students about doing an internship?  To any student entering a new internship my advice would be to give it a 100% because that is the only way you can truly learn & gain from the experience!

Sage's success story is still being written but, all signs point to a "happily ever after" ending.   If you are interested in learning how UNM West CONNECT can help you write your own success story please visit http://unmwest.unm.edu/connect.  To read more UNM West Side Stories features visit http://unmwest.unm.edu/west-side-stories.