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15 December 2022

Internship Program Creates Unique Educational Opportunities for New Mexico’s Latino Students

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Hispanic Access Foundation’s MANO Project is increasing educational opportunities for Latinos in New Mexico through its internship partnerships with several government agencies and helping to build young leaders of color.

“Latinos are the fastest growing population, and represent half of the population (50.5 percent) in New Mexico, according to the 2020 census,” said Maite Arce, president and CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation. “However, our nation’s workforce currently does not accurately represent all diverse populations. We hope that by creating these unique educational and learning opportunities, we’re helping students gain valuable experience and exposure to careers that ultimately bring more equity to the community.”

The MANO Project connects and develops young leaders of color who share a passion for serving and strengthening their communities. Through this program, we provide internships nationwide that give extensive training, mentoring and professional development support to students. For example, we are currently recruiting in New Mexico, as well as other states, for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Directorate Fellows Program. The MANO Project is actively maintaining additional internship programs with the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

“Engaging young people in diverse communities to new careers in the conservation field is one of the MANO Project’s core goals,” said Michelle Neuenschwander, Director of the MANO Project. “Our work is about building the next generation of leaders. This unique experience provides extensive training, mentoring and professional development to ensure students have the tools and knowledge needed to excel in their internship and future career.”

Hispanic Access believes that internship opportunities like these not only expose students to new careers, but also fosters equity and provide a pathway to successful lives and a stronger society. Internships like these are increasing educational choices for the Latino community and other students from diverse backgrounds.

To learn more about the MANO Project and to see what positions are available for New Mexico students, visit

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