Centinel Bank and UNM-Taos Launch Internship and Scholarship Program

Centinel Bank and UNM-Taos Launch Internship and Scholarship Program

New and exciting opportunities are available to students who are attending the University of New Mexico – Taos (UNM-Taos). Centinel Bank of Taos and UNM-Taos are pleased to announce their new Internship and Scholarship Program. This collaboration creates a strong foundation for supporting students in their success in pursuing and completing a degree, as well as gaining exposure to a career and employment. The program will create opportunities for students through education and hands on training and will support the local economy by growing a career-ready workforce. 

“We are thankful for the partnership with Centinel Bank and the opportunities it creates for our students, as well as the impact we hope this has on developing workforce in the community.  This will benefit not only Centinel bank and UNM-Taos students, but is good for the Taos county area as a whole.” Dr. Patrick L. Valdez, Chancellor, UNM-Taos.

Through the Centinel Bank & UNM-Taos Internship and Scholarship Program, Centinel Bank will provide scholarships and paid internship opportunities for selected UNM-Taos students who are studying in the areas of accounting, business, customer service, and information technology. The selected student(s) can earn academic credit as well as a paycheck for hours worked (and any eligible benefits), receive tuition support through Centinel Bank’s scholarship fund, and gain professional skills while completing job responsibilities and through Centinel Bank mentorships. 

“Thank you to UNM-Taos for this partnership. We are happy and excited to bring this internship and scholarship program to our community. This collaboration will further education, professional development and career opportunities for Taos. It’s great that we’re able to partner with an institution like UNM-Taos, to bring these opportunities to our community.” Angel Reyes, President and CEO Centinel Bank of Taos. 

This program will work within the greater purview of the structure and policies of the Internship Program at UNM-Taos, which is an academic program where classroom study is combined with career related work experience, and Centinel Bank will work with the Career Development Facilitator at UNM-Taos to effectuate the success of the students in the program.  The program is designed to support student persistence and completion, and the industry recognized credentials that lead to employment and better placement on career ladders will give students motivation to get the training they need to be successful in their academic and career goals. 

UNM-Taos will support student participants to attain career readiness, in part through the development of educational programs at UNM-Taos that focus on industries represented by banking and business. Career Readiness is defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) as the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.  These competencies are: Confidentiality; Critical Thinking/Problem Solving; Oral/Written Communication; Teamwork/ Collaboration; Digital Technology; Leadership; Professionalism/Work Ethic; Career Management; and Global/Intercultural Fluency.

Internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and build a meaningful work experience while establishing important connections in the field. Critical competencies impact students’ ability to successfully complete job responsibilities. Although many of these skills can be learned within the classroom environment, the student will receive the most benefit by developing these competencies and applying their skills in the real-world environment during the internship. Students will develop real-world working experience and industry specific critical competencies. Centinel Bank will support the development of students’ skills by mentoring and providing regular feedback in the work environment.

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