Letter to the Placement Site Supervisor

UMS/Garabedian Internship Program Overview

Dear Placement Site Supervisor:

Thank you for your interest in our UMS/Garabedian Internship Program.  I have put together a packet of information for you to review.

I currently have over 250 upper division and graduate students in almost 40 different majors.  We began our pilot program in 1994, placing our first Interns that summer.  Thanks to additional generous grants from the Bertha and John Garabedian Charitable Foundation, we were able to renew our Internship Program for the 2007 calendar year.

The time frame is very flexible and depends on the needs of the agency.  The 100-hour placement site commitment comes out to $10 per hour for the student.  Students have the option of enrolling in a three unit Community Service Course for this experience.  This is a scholarship situation where the funds are disbursed at the end of the experience.

Please give me a call if you have any questions.  In the meantime, thank you again for your interest in our program and our students.


Raúl Z. Moreno
Internship Coordinator
University Migrant Services


University Migrant Services/Garabedian Internship Program

Program Overview

UMS is pleased to announce that thanks to a generous donation from the Bertha and John Garabedian Charitable Foundation, we are now able to offer major-related, Para-professional experiences in the form of internships to our students.

The purpose of this internship is to offer migrant students the opportunity to develop professional skills and emerge themselves in an environment where they can establish contacts and learn more about the career.  Without internship experiences, migrant students find it difficult to earn career related experience due to their limited work experience and background.

UMS currently assists over 250 migrant students enrolled at California State University, Fresno in over forty different majors.  The program provides academic advising and supportive services.  The program’s main objective is to retain, develop, and graduate its participants.  UMS students have proven to be of the best quality graduating at a rate of approximately 75%.

Please read this handout carefully!  It will answer most of your questions.


Students must be currently enrolled UMS third year, upper division, or graduate students.  Students must have a GPA of at least 2.0.  Students must have a declared major or be seriously considering a specific career goal.  Interns will be selected according to a variety of factors, usually with regard to their needs.  An application to the program does not guarantee a placement.


This depends on student’s availability and the needs of the agency.  The minimum commitment at the placement site is 100 hours.  This may be full time if student is placed during the summer, and the agency has the time to supervise the intern full time.  Most likely, this will be part time, and can be scheduled around student’s class schedule.  All internships must be completed by December 31, 2007.


All interns must write and submit a written assignment describing their experiences during the Internship.  Papers will be shared with the donor and the agency supervisor.


All interns must volunteer to speak to lower division students on behalf of the program.  These hours will be arranged according to the intern’s schedule.


All interns will have the option of registering for a three-unit community service class.


If students are considering a placement site that would like to take them on as an intern, the information, including agency name, supervisor’s name and telephone number, and a description of the project student would be working on should be submitted.  Because an internship is essentially an out-of-classroom learning experience, there must be specific responsibilities and skills the student will gain by the end of their internship.  We cannot place the student in a setting where he/she just answers the phone or licks envelopes.


This is not an actual job.  While the student is expected to show the same commitment and responsibility as a regular employee, he/she is considered to be a volunteer.  At the end of the Internship, they will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship if they have met all the requirements as stated.


Student must have an unmet need of at least $1,000.  Because this is a scholarship, the Financial Aid office will be notified that the student has received these funds.  At no time will any funds be disbursed prior to the completion of all the internship requirements.


Students will fill out an application and submit it along with a resume to Raúl Z. Moreno, Internship Coordinator, University Migrant Services, CSU Fresno, Joyal #224, 5150 North Maple Avenue, MS# JA62, Fresno, CA  93740-8026; or call (559) 278-5750 or fax (559) 278-2323.

While the student may be referred to a specific placement, the final selection is up to the training agency.  An application to the program does not guarantee a placement.