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UTSA students explore employment opportunities at conference

(Feb. 28, 2005)--Several students from the UTSA American Humanics Program, recently attended the annual American Humanics Management Institute (AHMI) in Atlanta, Ga.

The four-day educational conference drew more than 500 students from universities across the country to participate in workshops and dialogs testing their knowledge of the nonprofit sector. Additionally, the conference offered students employment and internship opportunities with national nonprofit organizations.

"In addition to applying for a number of internships at the American Red Cross in Chicago and at the national American Humanics office, the placement day afforded me the opportunity to hone my interview skills," said UTSA senior Theresa Kim. "Because of this experience, I will be better prepared when I begin seeking management employment opportunities in the nonprofit sector."

Based on her interview at the conference, Kim was chosen out of five candidates to be a national intern for American Humanics in the fall 2005 semester. Kim will live in Kansas City, Mo., to help plan next year's AHMI.

The conference also lead to a scholarship for UTSA American Humanics student Andrea Palmer. The national office for the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will provide Palmer with a scholarship covering the registration fee for the annual international conference. San Antonio's AFP chapter is working to raise funds for Palmer's lodging and travel expenses for the conference. The upcoming AFP conference is in April in Baltimore, Md.

This year, AHMI speakers included nationally known civic and nonprofit leaders. Recalling his work with Dr. Martin Luther King and President Jimmy Carter, keynote speaker Andrew Young urged students to continue working to make a difference in the lives of others. Additionally, the institute featured a case study simulation that involved students and faculty members in real-world types of situations.

In partnership with the premiere nonprofits in the nation and more than 75 college campuses, American Humanics is the only national organization that prepares and certifies undergraduate students for careers in the nonprofit sector. UTSA students seeking American Humanics certification complete coursework leading to a minor in nonprofit management, participate in a supervised internship at a nonprofit agency and attend the Management Institute.

For more information about American Humanics or the Management Institute, contact Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez at (210) 458-2691 or visit the Center for Policy Studies Web site.

--Bronwyn Wingo

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