Meet SATA's Summer Intern
SATA received a grant from the USTA Texas Section 2018 CTA Intern Program to hire a summer intern. Because our summer NJTL program, serves a large Spanish-speaking population, SATA set out to hire a Bilingual, college student to assist our Programs Director with the busiest time of our year at McFarlin Tennis Center. We caught up with Mauricio at McFarlin and interviewed him for this story, here's what he had to say....
Q. Tell us about yourself your background and where you come from...
Mauricio: I was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, a city just a few miles away from the US-Mexico border, and the beach. After graduating from high school, I moved to Austin where I briefly interned at the University of Texas at Austin’s K-16 Education Center helping new Texas students revalidate courses they completed abroad. My experience in Austin convinced me to go back to school in Brownsville to study computer science at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). If everything goes as planned, hopefully I graduate in December of this year.
Q. How did you hear about the job?
Mauricio: To have a productive summer, I had been looking for internships at different companies in San Antonio and other cities in South Texas. I told my sister about my internship search, and she, in turn, told me about an internship she had seen listed on the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s website. I saw the internship posting and felt that my past work experience could help me perform the job responsibilities listed, so I went ahead and applied the next day.
Q. What is your job and what do you do day-to-day to help SATA grow tennis?
Mauricio: My day-to-day job consists mostly of assisting the Programs Director have up to date information about SATA’s NJTL program. I do this by tracking NJTL participation and registration information for all NJTL sites. This includes keeping track of attendance, payments and counselor hours. I will sometimes announce important information to counselors or participants about the NJTL program.
Q. What do you like about your job?
Mauricio: The thing I like most about my job is being part of an organization that helps promote tennis and sportsmanship to players of all ages and backgrounds. Coming from a small city myself, I do not recall NJTL being around when I was growing up. It is great knowing that children and families from rural communities as well as children from the city center get to enjoy tennis without having to drive long distances, and all at very reasonable price.
Q. What are your goals for your future?
Mauricio: I like helping organizations reach their goals by providing technical support wherever I can. As such, I would like to one day work as a devOps (development and operations) technician supporting software development and information technology teams.
Mauricio is working at McFarlin most days of the week and assisting on weekends when needed throughout the summer. He's been a huge help and SATA is very fortunate to have found such a talented and hardworking young person to enhance and support the NJTL program.