Denise Cruz, a CAMP Scholar at MSU, was recently chosen as one of just four migrant/seasonal farmworker college students nationwide for an intensive eight-week professional internship in Washington D.C.

Denise Cruz, a CAMP Scholar at MSU, was recently chosen by the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association (NMSHSA) as one of just four migrant/seasonal farmworker college students from across the nation for an intensive eight-week professional internship and mentoring program in Washington D.C.

Cruz’s story of moving from migrant farmworker in Minnesota, to college student at MSU, to being chosen for this important internship, was recently chronicled in a story on the NBC Nightly News.

Cruz, and the other three students (Yesania Calderon from Central Florida University, Yonny Castillo from Willamette University and Timothy Magallones from San Jose State University), are working in diverse positions for agencies such as: Hispanic Communication Network, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, and Farmworker Justice.

“NMSHSA is pleased to expose all the opportunities that DC has to offer to students from all regions of the United States. Three years into this program we have eye-opening stories, and trajectory-altering experiences to share. Students intentionally changed their futures when they commit to the opportunities we provided,” Cleo Rodriguez, Jr., Executive Director of NMSHSA, said. “NMSHSA is proud to continue extending our hand to former migrant/seasonal Head Start students from across our great nation. We hope our investment will impact the lives, goals, and dreams of our interns, and in turn, we hope these young professionals will impact the lives of countless other migrant and seasonal youth in years to come!”

This paid internship offers housing, stipends for professional clothing and transportation, on-the-job training, networking opportunities, professional skills development, leadership development and personal/professional mentoring from consummate D.C. professionals, many of whom are also former farm workers.

Follow the adventures of these four students on their blog.