Doña Ana County



Paid, real-life job experience internships will be offered to area high school students, through Doña Ana County’s Summer Enrichment Internship Program, starting June 21.

The internship program is funded by a $1,129,661.15 grant, awarded to Doña Ana County by the New Mexico Public Education Department’s College and Career Readiness Bureau.  The program’s goal is to provide 520 high-school students throughout Doña Ana County a unique internship opportunity that may enhance a college or job application.

“This type of career-enhancing, on-the-job training for youth is infrequently available, as state and local governments have limited financial capability to offer it,” County Manager Fernando R. Macias said.  “To make this program successful, and offer a variety of learning opportunities, we have partnered with area schools, other municipalities, non-profit organizations and businesses.”

Gadsden Independent School District, Hatch Valley and Las Cruces Public Schools, Alma d’Arte Charter, New America and Las Montañas Charter High Schools are involved in the program.

To participate, students must be at least 16 years old, by June 21. Recent 2021 high school graduates may participate, as well.

Students will work for six weeks, up to 20 hours per week and will be paid $10.50 per hour. They will be classified as temporary county employees and will be covered by the appropriate insurance, during work hours.

Internship placements will be with local governments, school districts, nonprofit agencies and area businesses, in close proximity to where they live.

Internships will provide students an idea about what it is like to have a career, while developing marketable soft skills that are important to employers. Soft skills, such as communication, teamwork and problem solving influence how well someone can work or interact with others, in the workplace. Students can add the internship experience to their resume and college application and build upon their academic and other accomplishments.

Each of 26 coordinators will oversee 20 students and collaborate with local employers to foster a learning and rewarding experience.

Specific details about job assignments and program information will be shared with students during program orientation.

High school students who are interested in a paid internship may contact Margarita Leza Porter at (575) 525-5919 or email Nonprofits or government agencies interested in providing a worksite may also contact her.   

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