City of McAllen, St. Mary’s University Partner for Internship Opportunities for Rio Grande Valley Students

by Office of Communications | Dec 05, 2023


Experience, work skills and leadership development for public sector work goal of program 

The City of McAllen and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide internship opportunities at the municipal organization for St. Mary’s students from the Rio Grande Valley. The purpose of the program is to provide students with work-related experience in their chosen field of study or anticipated career field. While the goal is for students to use their skills to become more adept in and prepared for the workforce, the City of McAllen also hopes to develop a future workforce for municipal government in McAllen and the Rio Grande Valley.

“I am very excited about this unique partnership that the City of McAllen has developed with St. Mary’s University,” said McAllen City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez, P.E. “A career in municipal government is not only rewarding, but also truly a way to give back to the community in which one lives. Working in the public sector aligns with St. Mary’s mission of the servant leader and I am proud the City of McAllen will to be able to offer that opportunity for students from McAllen and throughout the Rio Grande Valley who wish to come back and make a difference as interns and hopefully, as alumni, as well.”

Aside from providing a paid internship in the students’ disciplines, the City of McAllen also hopes to develop leadership, mentoring, and meaningful work skills for the interns. The internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students from St. Mary’s University School of Law. 

Multiple academic fields of study can be accepted including Communications; Marketing; Business; Criminal Justice; Criminology; Forensic Science; Sociology; History; International and Global Studies; Math; Data Analytics; Computer Science; Engineering;  the Master of Public Administration; the Master of Business Administration; and Master of Jurisprudence.

“As part of our Catholic and Marianist mission, St. Mary’s University is dedicated to helping students discover their purpose and vocation,” said Stephanie Ward, Ph.D., St. Mary’s Vice Provost for Student Success and Vocation. “This partnership enables St. Mary’s to connect students with valuable opportunities in McAllen, gain experience necessary to lead fulfilling careers and contribute to the workforce of one of the fastest growing cities in the nation.”

Many degree programs at St. Mary’s University require internships; however, for students from the Rio Grande Valley, unpaid or minimum wage internships may pose a financial challenge for students to afford to live in San Antonio while participating in an internship program.  The partnership with the City of McAllen will allow these Rio Grande Valley students to return home while interning, gaining meaningful experience and a competitive wage and/or class credit, to help them as they work towards their degree.

A recent Census study showed that after graduation, students from the Rio Grande Valley return home at a rate of 70%, more than students from any other area in the state.

St. Mary’s University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs.  Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.

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