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Report from Our Summer Interns

As summer turns to fall, two Communities In Schools alums are settling into their new jobs, thanks to our collaboration with Future Focused Education's X3 internship program.

In fact, Communities In Schools alumni were among 54 interns at 13 employment sites in Santa Fe this summer, gaining invaluable work experience and growing their professional networks in the community.

Here are a few of their stories.

Josué Martinez, pictured left, graduated from Capital High in 2020. He interned as a warehouse assistant at locally-owned McPartlon Roofing Company in Santa Fe, where he used his spreadsheet-making skills to do inventory of materials and to create a new materials checkout form and system. Josué is so technologically adept that he was even able to get a new camera security system up and running. His mentors were so pleased with his work that the company decided to hire him part-time in the fall while he takes welding classes at SFCC. He will also receive the Future Forward scholarship, funded by a generous CIS donor, to assist with living expenses.


Isabella Herrera graduated this spring from Capital High. She interned at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, admitting guests and keeping equipment and toys clean. She quickly learned the ropes and the museum hired her to work part-time in the fall. This year, she is taking time off school to spend time with her one-year-old daughter, and next year she plans to pursue a career in pediatric nursing.


Other CIS students who participated in our summer program reported positive, enriching experiences that helped deepen their understanding of potential career paths.

One such student, Brandon Ortiz Landaverde, a junior at Capital High, was able to pursue a burgeoning interest in architecture through the University of New Mexico's (UNM) Architecture + Design Summer Academy. The unique summer program is designed to introduce high school juniors and seniors to the disciplines in which the UNM's School of Architecture + Planning offers degrees and certificates, preparing the students for application to their undergraduate programs. A generous local architect funded Brandon's participation in the program.

"I learned a lot about New Mexico architecture and how it is different from other places," says Brandon, pictured at right presenting his final project for UNM's Architecture + Design Summer Academy.

"We were able to experience what it feels like to create your own design for a building, as well as meet many architects who showed us their way of working and some of their most important projects," Brandon continues. "The teachers were very kind and taught in a hands-on way. And it was fun hanging out with people who share an interest in architecture."


Thank you for supporting this important work. It is all thanks to the ongoing support of our donors, volunteers, and community partners like Future Focused Education that we are able to support the journeys of talented and hard-working students like Josué, Isabella, and Brandon. Consider a gift today at Thank you!

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