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CCESL Announces 2020 Virtual Community Engagement Summer Internships

UHD’s Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning (CCESL) has modified its summer internship program to a fully virtual platform.

Twenty-five UHD students, selected from a pool of 118 applicants, will be placed in 12 nonprofit organizations for 10-week internships. These students will be compensated with funds donated to CCESL. The internships will provide financial assistance to students, fulfill internship requirements in certain departments, and address community needs.

Congratulations to the following students: Jennifer Bailon, Kasney Callis, Crystal Castro, Gladys Chan, Da’Jana Duhart, Imad Farooque, Tai Hua, Carlos Huerta-Enciso, An Huynh, Deniece Joseph, Melissa Lara, Phi Le, Karina Lopez, Armeshia Love, Timothy Martin, Tooba Narejo, Minh Nguyen, Ngoc Nguyen, Odette Perez, Briana Rubio, Berenis Ruiz, Kia Smith, Brandt Wild and Dawn Wilson-Casner.

“We are so excited to place UHD students in virtual summer internships this year,” said Dr. Poonam Gulati, Director, Director, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning and Associate Professor of Microbiology and Biology. “We’re grateful to our community partners for quickly converting the internships to virtual. This is a wonderful group of students eager to gain internship experience and assist our partners.”

These students will intern with one of 12 CCESL nonprofit partners: BakerRipley, Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Education Based Housing, Epilepsy Foundation of Texas, Julia C. Hester House, Houston Aphasia Recovery Center, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, Momentum Education, ProjectGRAD Houston, Wesley Community Center, Women of Honor & Destiny, TLC, Inc., and Workers Defense Project.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second-largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.