Marcos Mendoza, a graduate student in the Criminal Justice & Criminology program, was selected for the AmeriCorps VISTA economic development paid internship program through the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG).
Marcos will help implement economic development strategies for low-income communities in Frio and Medina counties.
AACOG partners with the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) to provide an economic development intern for the City of Pleasanton, in Atascosa County and other economically distressed communities.
"These are the opportunities that truly signify how obtaining an education through an outstanding university like UTSA does for individuals who inspire to be community leaders to serve others," Marcos exclaimed.
"I am committed to give my very best in serving the communities I have been assigned to and will continue to represent UTSA with honor and pride."
Dr. Jennifer Alexander, an associate professor in the department of public administration and one of Mendoza's instructors, inspired Marcos to take on many challenges. She says he will enrich the lives of others.
"As a first generation U.S. citizen, Marcos Mendoza brings a unique vantage point to this opportunity," said Alexander. "His participation in a variety of public organizations has given him a sophisticated understanding of how they function. He has a solid grasp on his career goals and a quiet grace that will enlarge the lives of people who work with him."
This is the second year in a row that a COPP student will intern as part of AACOG's economic development AmeriCorps VISTA internship program.