It was a party not to be missed last Monday night as more than 70 high school students, along with their families, celebrated completion of their summer 2016 internships. Hosted by the Education Services Center (Region 20), this year’s Second Annual SA Works Summer Celebration included local elected leaders and business members who have assisted in making this summer cohort of interns a success.

This summer, more than 140 high school and college students from the San Antonio area completed paid internships with 21 employers that included public institutions, private employers and nonprofit organizations.

Audience members were able to hear from local leaders including Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, Executive Director of the 80/20 Foundation Lorenzo Gomez, and President & CEO of the San Antonio Chamber Richard Perez about the importance of this public private partnership to ensure students have access to real-world experiences.  “Business is what drives your economy. Business is what make things happen, and provides you all with opportunities to learn, grow, make a little money along the way,” said Perez.

But the real treat of the night was listening to the inspiring words of three summer interns who shared their stories of personal growth, professional development, and increased confidence for what they want to do in the future. “It doesn’t hurt to try something new and see if you want to do that type of work in the future,” said Samantha Ruvalcaba an intern with Bexar County.

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