Student Success Stories
Gabriel Gallegos - Senior
Political Science and Strategic Communication
With the help of the UNM Diplomat in Residence and the entire Career Services team, I was honored to score an internship with the U.S. State Department. The U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program brings together emerging public servants nationwide to serve two internships one in Washington and one abroad at a U.S. Embassy abroad.
The experienced rocked my world and has set me on a path of success in both my personal and professional life.
Through my Washington internship, I worked in the Office of the Spokesperson, engaging Beltway reporters on the Secretary's foreign policy goals. I pitched stories ranging from the U.S. foreign development budget to efforts to combat global human trafficking. I made some of the best friends I have ever made that summer, and am excited to see where we all land in the future.
That same summer, we were told to make a list of 5 Embassies we would be interested in working at. I essentially threw a dart at a world map and landed on Chile because of its shared values with the U.S. of free trade and good governance.
So there I was on my first international flight to a city nestled in the shadow of the Andes Santiago, Chile. Through serving in the Public Affairs section in Embassy Santiago, I worked alongside proven diplomats and local staff to lead digital outreach campaigns, monitor Chilean press for senior leaders, and even helped draft a speech for the U.S. Ambassador. It taught me so much about high-impact, cross-cultural strategic communications campaigns.
I also got to travel around quite a bit to Buenos Aires, Northern Chile, and the beautiful coastal town of Valpraiso. It taught me that adventure lies around every corner you just have to be brave enough to seek it out.
Overall, I am indebted to the DIR and the Career Services team for counseling me through this incredible opportunity. Who knew that a small-town kid from Southern New Mexico would ever have a chance to do something like work in our nation's capital and a foreign mission abroad?
Noah Michesohn - Senior
Noah's Success Story:
When I was a Sophomore at UNM I took Astronomy 101 as a core science class for my major. While I was in that class I fell in love with space and the mystery of the unknown. Feeling inspired, I looked for jobs at NASA and found a Co-Op at NASA Johnson Space Center.
This was a big step, but I had felt that with my ASUNM experience and my Greek Life experience, I may have a shot. I spent two weeks practicing my interviewing skills with my ASUNM colleagues as well as the Career Services office at UNM.
A few weeks after the interview, I got the call, I had my internship at NASA. In fall 2016, when all of my friends were headed back to UNM, I got in my car and drove to Houston to intern at NASA JSC. While there, I was in the Public Affairs Office, working on media relations for the International Space Station. I learned a lot and at the end of the semester was awarded an “outstanding intern” award at JSC.
I came back to school and was a much more effective student because of the real-world skills I had developed. During this time, I became the President of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity as well as the Director of Communications for ASUNM. But my next steps after the semester were to get back to NASA as soon as possible.
I spent Summer 2017 back at JSC, this time interning in the Client Relations and Communications department working with the Celebrity Engagement Manager. Through this, I worked to coordinate a series of collaborations with country artists that were used on social media and Country Music Television. This helped reach a unique audience with information about NASA that otherwise would not have got there. I was also able to do other amazing tours such as Garth Brooks and Bryson Tiller. This ended on a very positive note when I was awarded for the second time an “outstanding intern” award for the summer.
At the end of the semester, I put in my application to NASA for a full-time position and blasted back off to UNM for my senior year. After the first week of school, I got a call from my program manager offering me a full-time job in the External Relations department when I graduate in May 2018.
I think the space program is an example of the best of humankind and I can’t wait to be part of the NASA mission.
The door to NASA was completely opened to me by having the confidence to apply for an internship. I was able to take the hard skills that I learned in the classroom setting and see how they work in the real world. A big learning curve was just being in that professional environment, working with professionals, and being in the zone from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. I also was able to meet countless mentors in my field that continue to advise me today.
UNM Career Services
I was also a graduate assistant and student ambassador for Career Services while at Anderson.
BBA in Marketing and Management Information Systems, MBA in Marketing and Operations
UNM Anderson provided me with the tools, resources and guidance needed to achieve my dream career. Anderson had immense opportunities to take advantage of for professional growth. I am thankful I took advantage of many opportunities that helped me land the job I have today. I now work at General Mills and love it here. I never thought I would move from New Mexico, but moving here to Minneapolis has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I truly love the opportunities I was given back at Anderson and now from General Mills to help me grow in my personal and professional life.
Anderson Career Fair
Lobo Career Connection
From growing up and playing baseball next to the Albuquerque General Mills plant and smelling the numerous cereals being made, to working and selling some of the world’s most recognizable brands to the world’s largest retailer; it has been and continues to be an amazing experience. General Mills has long invested in Albuquerque’s community and wants to continue that partnership by recruiting students that are ambitious and continually push themselves to learn and better themselves. The career service center was an extremely valuable resource that I leveraged multiple times throughout my tenure at UNM, and in connecting with potential future employers. Without their help, navigating the job hung/interview process would have proven to be much more difficult.
Alumnus Jesus Rodriguez's Success Story
Services Used:ASM Career Services
UNM Career Services
ASM Club Challenge - Collegiate DECA
ASM Clubs and Fraternal organization - DSP
Business with Completed Second Minor in Spanish
Thanks to the advice and services provided by ASM I was able to secure a position with General Mills before graduating. So far the experience has extended my understanding of the CPG industry as well as enhanced my business skills. General Mills is a great company and through their Sales division and strong career development program I have truly grown in my field. I feel empowered to do my job as well as supported to continuously find opportunities for the business. This tied with great support from my managers as I've transitioned through roles in the organization have really differentiated my development. You have to want to get out there and WIN, they will make sure you have the capabilities and understandings to do so.
Services Used:GMI Recruiting Event
Undergrad - Biology (from TCU), Graduate - MBA from Anderon School of Management
I graduated from UNM with my MBA this past May 2017 and loved being a Lobo! I started working for General Mills in July 2017 and have loved it so far! I moved to Minneapolis to work as a Business Management Associate in Category Management on Yogurt in the World Headquarters office and have been incredibly welcomed into this family. The employees here genuinely love their jobs and are incredibly helpful. I have never felt alone or scared to ask questions and be heard. People care what you have to say and enjoy hearing your input, even if you’re new. It has been an adjustment moving from New Mexico and I miss green chile and the mountains, but Minneapolis is a beautiful city and General Mills is a wonderful company. I am very grateful to have connected with the recruiters and been asked to join the GMI family.
I randomly attended a recruiting event because the company sounded so fun, and ended up flying to Minneapolis and being offered a job within four days! My advice is to attend any recruiting events General Mills offers at UNM and just see if it’s for you! I never would have thought I’d be here now, but going to that recruiting event changed my focus and I could not be happier with this decision.