The City of San Antonio’s Ambassador Program has doubled in size. The Ambassador Program, sponsored by the City of San Antonio’s Department of Human Services, is an 11-week paid summer internship program for currently enrolled college students aimed at attracting graduating professionals to jobs and industries within the local community. The program exposes students to professional opportunities and innovative career paths through training and experience in high-demand occupations.
Ambassadors are San Antonio residents attending college at the local, state, and national level. In 2013, 60 student Ambassadors worked for 35 employers across the city. This year, 122 Ambassadors are participating in the program with majors ranging from political science, mechanical engineering, criminal justice, and neurological science to name a few. Ambassadors are placed with local employers based on their interests, majors, and intended careers. The City is partnering with 72 employers to provide internship opportunities to the students. Employers include Lockheed Martin, StandardAero, Medtronic, Burgstrom Inc, San Antonio Scorpions, the Mayor and Council Offices, City Departments, Univision, and KLRN. Ambassadors represent more than 41 colleges locally, statewide, and nationally, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, University of Alabama, University of North Carolina, University of Texas at San Antonio, and San Antonio College.
The Ambassador Program was launched in the summer of 2004 through an initiative presented by then-District 7 Councilman Julián Castro. The program received the Texas Workforce Innovation Award in 2005.