Second Annual CIC Mentorship Program Gets Underway

Community Internship Collaboration Coordinator Laura Loy welcomes student intern mentors to the second annual mentorship program workshop Wednesday at UNM-LA. Photo by Nancy Coombs

Ken Holmes of Los Alamos High School and Grace Wilkerson of UNM-LA at Wednesday’s event. Photo by Nancy Coombs

Bill Gilson speaks to the group about student intern opportunities within the IT Department at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 


Student intern mentors from local businesses, the county and schools, attended a Community Internship Collaboration (CIC) Mentor Workshop Wednesday evening at UNM-Los Alamos. 

The goals of this program are to provide meaningful work experiences for students, provide local businesses and organizations an intern with a fresh perspective, and to help develop the workforce for the community.

CIC started as a joint partnership of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, UNM-Los Alamos, Los Alamos High School and the UNM-LA Small Business Development Center. The program pairs UNM-LA undergraduates and LAHS juniors and seniors up with local businesses and organizations to work on project-based internships. Businesses gain an intern eager to contribute to the success of their business at little or no cost to them.

The students’ salaries are paid by the program for up to 60 hours of work through the semester. 

“This year we will be broadening community awareness and involvement in the CIC project,” CIC Coordinator Laura Loy said. “The goal will be to create a model that is valued by the community, is scalable to a larger group of students, and is sustainable.”

Students, while learning from their mentors and gaining experience at their internships, will also attend a weekly class at UNM-LA for which they receive academic credit. The class helps them to develop the skills necessary for being a productive member of the workforce, such as time management, communicating in a business environment, and presentation skills.

Anita Barela introduces herself during Wednesday’s CIC Workshop at UNM-LA and talks about student internship opportunities in her Community Development Department at Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris speaks to the group about internship opportunities for students to experience at the LAPD. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from Wednesday’s second annual CIC program, in foreground from left, UNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney, Kelly Stewart of Los Alamos County and Carol A. Clark of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Stewart and Clark are both receiving student interns to mentor. Photo by Nancy Coombs