Joe Mendoza’s Bio

Glad to return to Ogallala Commons for a second internship. I get to work in Garden City, Kansas once more. This small community is not expansive as the big city, but the local Tyson Plant has brought dozens of cultures together. I grew up in the countryside as a child of immigrants and I was more reserved to the internet as I was young. When I was in high school and later, my mother brought me to help with K-State research and extension. I was able to help with a summer meals program through this connection and interact with many families in the community.

It was this connection which lead me to the main project my first OC Internship, which was to improve the summer meals program numbers after the week of July 4th. the internship morphed into multiple areas of learning, including a small team project updating the office buildings, and Spanish speaking computer basics class which I aided. These projects helped me improve my ability to seek out resources, call individuals and develop my professional speech in Spanish. At a career fair I was told many individuals who list Spanish on their resumes tend to lack a professional language aspect.

The final project of my last internship will now be the focus of my 2020 summer internship. While the computer class I aided was mostly a basic introduction to Microsoft Office, I will be focusing mostly on computer applications related to bills, resources, and research. The goal to to make a computer or smart phone a more powerful tool to individuals and parents who did not grow up with this technology.

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