College to Career: Preparing Hispanic Students for Internships

HPGM helps Hispanic undergraduate students develop professional skills and make connections, with the goal of acquiring an internship.

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Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM) is committed to building a larger and stronger pipeline of Hispanic professionals with greater levels of leadership and impact. A key step to creating and sustaining this pipeline involves directly supporting Hispanic college students in the Milwaukee area. We accomplish this by providing opportunities for students to develop a range of skills, plan for a career, and connect with a network of professionals.
Throughout the year, HPGM students participate in internship events, which allow them to meet recruiters from companies that match their academic and career path. They receive feedback on their resumes, practice their interviewing skills, and learn about upcoming internship opportunities. Multiple students secured summer internships after attending our first internship event in 2014. Our program also provides students with the chance to attend local and national conferences related to Hispanic talent development, including the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) and League of United Latin American Citizen (LULAC). One of our promising undergraduate students, Zac, shared this insight about his experience at USHLI: “Leaving this phenomenal conference, I couldn’t help but smile and take pride in the fact that people are truly invested in our future. Listening to the most influential Hispanic leaders in our country, our organization’s members have become more ambitious, passionate, and focused on our goals. “

The unique experiences offered by our College to Career program help empower our undergraduate students to make meaningful progress toward their goals, by stepping out of their comfort zone, learning new things, and securing a professional internship. With a stronger pipeline of ambitious young professionals, Hispanics can have a greater impact on the direction of Milwaukee’s future business and cultural landscape. With more opportunities for education, growth and leadership, the young population of Milwaukee is more likely to stay and build a life in our city after graduation.

¿Por qué es importante?

HPGM student programming was born out of a visible and expressed need among Hispanic college students in the Milwaukee area for professional development, which they were not finding through their colleges or universities. We began our efforts with three Milwaukee universities, and have since added two more, with the promise of seven by the end of 2015.
HPGM student initiatives also work to address a need expressed by local companies and organizations: how to find and retain diverse and qualified employees. HPGM wants to expand our programming to focus on connecting these employers with candidates of choice. In 2015, students will attend trainings, workshops and recruitment events, with the chance to secure a position in their desired field of study. We will work with our corporate, non-profit, and small business partners, to ensure that student candidates are the right fit and align with the student’s professional goals. With these experiences, students will be a step ahead when they graduate with a purpose and begin searching for employment in the Milwaukee area. After earning their degree, they will contribute to the formation of a dynamic and sustainable professional workforce.

¿Cómo se van a utilizar los fondos?

HPGM student programming was born out of a visible and expressed need among Hispanic college students in the Milwaukee area for professional development, which they were not finding through their colleges or universities. We began our efforts with three Milwaukee universities, and have since added two more, with the promise of seven by the end of 2015.
HPGM student initiatives also work to address a need expressed by local companies and organizations: how to find and retain diverse and qualified employees. HPGM wants to expand our programming to focus on connecting these employers with candidates of choice. In 2015, students will attend trainings, workshops and recruitment events, with the chance to secure a position in their desired field of study. We will work with our corporate, non-profit, and small business partners, to ensure that student candidates are the right fit and align with the student’s professional goals. With these experiences, students will be a step ahead when they graduate with a purpose and begin searching for employment in the Milwaukee area. After earning their degree, they will contribute to the formation of a dynamic and sustainable professional workforce.



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Xiomara Ortiz

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Name: Xiomara Ortiz
Title: Executive Administrative Assista
Email: xiomara.ortiz@hpgm.org
Xiomara joined the HPGM team as a Marketing and Communications Intern assisting with various projects including the annual report, website, newsletter and social media. She is now with HPGM as the Executive Administrative Assistant supporting the Executive Director. In 2014 Xiomara graduated from Alverno College majoring in Marketing with a support in Spanish Language.

Kim Schultz

Program Manager

Kim graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors degree in Spanish and International Studies. She spent her final semester traveling and studying abroad in South America. Kim currently volunteers for Kiva.org and the Wisconsin Humane Society. She works with the HPGM team and Board of Directors to develop HPGM programs and organize events.



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