Since its pilot was launched at UTSA in 2017, more than three dozen Honors College students have participated in the Citymester program. With an emphasis on real-world experience, community service, and creating solutions to civic issues, Citymester participants must fulfill three requirements over the course of a semester.
City Skills: For this internship component students work at a local business or institution for 300 hours during the spring semester (or 150 hours during the abbreviated summer session). Students are matched with partners that not only align with their career interests but will provide them with valuable experience. The interns have been placed at locations like the Witte Museum, the San Antonio Police Department, Freetail Brewing, the San Antonio Zoo, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the Metropolitan Health District, CivTechSA, and Bandera Family Medical Group.
City Solutions: For this service-learning component, students work with nonprofit organizations or civic partners on a weekly basis to identify and come up with solutions that will improve the San Antonio community. Students have partnered with entities such as the Guadalupe Community Center, RAICES, Caritas Legal Services, and Sustainable Youth in Action, among others.
City Sites: For this exploratory component, participating students visit important San Antonio destinations and landmarks where they learn while connecting with city leaders in government, industry, and philanthropy to discuss related issues. Students are often inspired to share and promote these experiences and critically think about any improvements that could be made. These City Sites periods have included meetings with Robert Rivard of the Rivard Report and the San Antonio Spurs organization, a downtown scavenger hunt, and visits to the Alamo, the Pearl, Confluence Park, and the First Friday Art Walk.