• Eight U of A College students Obtain Tjuana Byrd Summer time STEAM Internships
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    Eight U of A College students Obtain Tjuana Byrd Summer time STEAM Internships


    Eight U of A College students Obtain Tjuana Byrd Summer time STEAM Internships

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    Rameia King, a junior majoring in advertising, is interning with Windstream this summer time by way of the Tjuana Byrd internship program created by the Ladies’s Basis of Arkansas.

    This summer time, eight feminine U of A college students are studying on the job as a part of the Tjuana Byrd internship program, which is made potential by the Ladies’s Basis of Arkansas and a number of other company sponsors. This system was created to advance girls of coloration in Science, Know-how, Engineering, Artwork and Math (STEAM) fields for Arkansans attending two- or four-year schools in Arkansas.

    Companies across the state are partnering within the 10-week program. They embody Acxiom, Arkansas Electrical Cooperative Company, Arvest, Central Arkansas Water, L’Oréal, Stone Financial institution and Windstream.

    5 undergraduates from the School of Engineering had been chosen for the internship program:

    • Sarah Balenko – chemical engineering senior
    • Sasha McCoy – chemical engineering senior
    • Basha Moncur – electrical engineering senior
    • Alexandria Mooney – electrical engineering
    • Maria Quintero-Pena – electrical engineering senior

    Three undergraduates from the Sam M. Walton School of Enterprise additionally obtained summer time internships:

    • Neriah Carter – administration senior
    • Rameia King – advertising junior
    • Alma Puga – provide chain administration junior





    Basha Moncur

    The internship program was designed to encourage girls of coloration to hunt STEAM jobs, an space the place they’re usually under-represented. It additionally removes boundaries by offering free housing, networking {and professional} improvement occasions and mentoring.

    Basha Moncur, who’s working this summer time at Central Arkansas Water, stated the internship has been a fantastic introduction to the engineering workforce.

    “In such a short while, I’ve had the chance to work on varied initiatives inside my discipline {of electrical} engineering whereas concurrently studying extra about different engineering disciplines,” she stated. 

    The internship is a part of the Women of Promise® initiative created by the Ladies’s Basis of Arkansas. Its mission is to attach ladies with girls working in science, know-how, engineering, artwork and math fields. 

    For extra details about the summer time program, go to The Ladies’s Basis of Arkansas’ Women of Promise website.