The San Diego CITD and Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade provides work-based learning opportunities through its internship program. The program is open to community college, university, and high school students and provides a way for them to learn about global trade, enhance their soft skills, and acquire work experience. Some students in the internship program also earn industry-recognized certifications in supply chain management through the CITD’s SCPro Fundamentals certification program, which is offered in collaboration with the Center for Supply Chain Education at Broward College and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
Over the last year, the CITD has hosted 14 interns from various colleges, universities, and high schools in the region, including: Zach Curtis, Daisy Ortiz, Hassan Hunt, and Chloe Seradj from High Tech High Chula Vista, Alexandra Lombard from e3 Civic High School, Julio Gonzalez, Aranzazu Santana, and Nylza Lujan from Southwestern College, Jesus Calderon, Jennifer Diaz Vazquez, Louise Haglund, and Guillermo Aguilar from SDSU, Roberto Tapia from UCSD, and Isai Castillo from CSU San Marcos. As part of their internship, the interns worked on a variety of database and market research projects for CITD clients, helped keep some of our program websites up to date, witnessed trade in action through company tours and the MEXPORT trade show, and participation in Export University workshops. Five of the interns also earned certifications through the SCPro Fundamentals certification program, some of whom were able to leverage the certifications into jobs with local employers after their internships.
Zach, Daisy, Hassan, Chloe, Alexandra, Julio, Aranzazu, Nylza, Jesus, Jennifer, Louise, Guillermo, Roberto, and Isai were of great help to the CITD and its clients. It was a pleasure to have hosted them and wish them success in all their future endeavors.