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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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.