To make students aware of internship and career opportunities available during the summer, Ford Motor Company conducted a recruitment session Thursday, March 8 at The University of Texas-Pan American.
The 90-minute seminar at the Student Union Theatre featured five local car dealers, including Bob Boggus, vice president of Boggus Motors; Julie Cook, vice president of Kellogg Motors; Dan Ramirez, vice president of Ramirez Ford in Rio Grande City; and Homer Rodriguez, president of Rodriguez Ford-Mercury in Raymondville.
The Ford Minority Dealer Operations (MDO) Dealership Summer Intern Program provides hands-on, career-specific experience working full-time during summer breaks for minority college students at a Ford or Lincoln Mercury dealership. The internship runs 12 weeks between May and August.
Rob Gonzalez, vice president of Barrett Motors in San Antonio and a UTPA alumnus, said becoming an entrepreneur takes hard work and may not suit everyone. But those who have the desire should pursue their dreams.
"There's nothing that we have in this country more valuable than the freedom to be an entrepreneur," said Gonzalez of Harlingen. "All it takes to be an entrepreneur is a goal, an idea, a vision, and the tenacity and desire to continue to strive and achieve that goal."
The deadline for the Ford Motor Company internship is March 30. Applicants should qualify as a minority, have completed at least their sophomore year and have a 3.0 or higher overall GPA on a 4.0 scale. Duties include clerical work, stocking new and used vehicles into accounting, filing, and answering phones.
Applications should be mailed to: Minority Summer Intern Program, 110 Broadway, Suite 220, San Antonio, TX 78205. For more information, call 210/225-3353.