EfTA interns encouraged to strive for excellence at summer luncheon presented by Sam Houston State University

By: Education for Tomorrow Alliance
| Published 07/14/2017

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- One hundred and ninety student participants, intern hosts and supporters celebrated Education for Tomorrow Alliance’s (EfTA) Student Internship Program successes at the annual luncheon.

The luncheon sponsored by Sam Houston State University was held on June 27 at the Lone Star Community Building in The Woodlands.

Walter L. Fitzgerald, former Senior Vice President and CAO at CenterPoint Energy, served as the event keynote, and challenged students to make the most of opportunities big and small.

"Never let others have higher expectations of you than you," urged Mr. Fitzgerald.

He shared that his father encouraged him to always arrive five minutes early and fully prepared, advice that served him throughout his career.

The luncheon program included guest speaker SHSU President Dr. Dana Hoyt who commended students on taking advantage of the opportunity to spend time delving into possible career fields while still in high school.

Consolidated Communications intern Sakethram Desabhotla and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands intern Alexandra McMullin offered testimonials of their experiences.

Desabhotla shared that his greatest lesson came from working to finish a research project during his internship, even after his supervisor told him he could move on to the next project.

“I realized that I didn’t want to be the type of person who turned in a project half completed,” he commented.

McMullin stated that after seeing the inner workings of a hospital, she learned the medical field was for her.

The program concluded with Woodlands Online intern Sarah Kelliher and Huntsman intern Jonathan Bautista offering gratitude to their respective employers.

Kelliher shared that Woodlands Online hired her on for the rest of the summer.

The EfTA Student Internship Program provides an opportunity for students to explore career interests outside of the traditional classroom and gain valuable work experience.

This summer, EfTA has placed 103 students in two-week internship in June and July by partnering with fifty businesses in Montgomery and neighboring counties.

Collectively, intern hosts are offering students more than 8,200 hours of hands-on learning to encourage early career exploration and development.

Students apply at the end of their junior year for internship placements in a variety of industries from small nonprofits to large corporations, with the greatest student demand coming in STEM-related fields.

We are especially grateful to our Student Internship Program Luncheon presenting sponsor Sam Houston State University for investing in our student interns.

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