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2018 Internship Program

Meet the Students


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Click here for more information on our interns’ placements. In 2018, 15 mano-Y-ola interns were given the opportunity to work in NRCS offices across 4 states, enhancing their professional development and assisting in NRCS agricultural projects. 



Angel Padilla, one of our five 2018 interns in Louisiana, created this video on his experience during his time working in the Jennings field office. Angel says that despite his reservations about traveling to rural Louisiana, he had the time of his life, met some incredible people, and had an unforgettable learning experience that will open doors for him in the future.



Read more from students who shared how the program helped launch their careers. 

Javier Medina

completed an internship program with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in Washington, D.C., in 2018. Javier is now working as a Soil Conservationist with NRCS in Lexington, Virginia. He is also a member of mano-Y-ola’s Student Advisory Council.

Angel Padilla

has been accepted to a Pathway Program in California. 

Mariemines Ortíz 

is an Outreach Specialist with Victus Puerto Rico. Mariemines is also a member of mano-Y-ola’s Student Advisory Council. 

Josue Aceituno 

is working as a Soil Scientist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in Hanford, California.

Pedro Ayala 

is working for mano-Y-ola as an Outreach Specialist. 

Luis Román

is working full time as a Civil Engineer Technician with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in North Carolina. 

Jowin Hernández

worked for mano-Y-ola as an Outreach Specialist. He is currently working as a Soil Conservationist in Vermont.

Josecarlos Rivera

is in Miami, aiming to develop his Coffee Profession. 

Jesús Adorno

is working as a Design Engineer for John Deere in Iowa.

Mario Velázquez

is working for Cannabis Indoor Grow and will complete his master’s degree in the Netherlands.