Children and Youth

Area nonprofits learn about CSUMB student internship opportunities

CSU Monterey Bay comes to Hollister breakfast hosted by the Community Foundation for San Benito County to tell local nonprofits businesses about student internships.

The Community Foundation for San Benito County hosted their quarterly Executive Director Round Table Aug. 28. The talk, provided to local nonprofits, was about internship programs now available through California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). The free breakfast event for local nonprofits was held at Paine’s Restaurant in Hollister.

Rhonda Mercadal-Evans, the featured speaker, is a Career Development, Exploration, Campus Internship Compliance Director at CSUMB.  She said many San Benito County students attending CSUMB have an interest in working close to home.

Mercadal-Evans explained the university’s interest in giving their students internship opportunities and helping them prepare for the workplace.

After working for McCormick & Co., Mercadal-Evans decided on her new career in order to “work with college students helping them explore career choices.”  She explained that she is “especially passionate about working with historically marginalized, unrepresented first-generation populations.”

CSUMB’s Mercadal-Evans suggested nonprofits should get started soon, if interested in taking on an intern in 2019. She reminded the group that students are still learning at this point in their lives but should be earning either credits or being paid at an appropriate level. Her contact information is

Adrienne Saxton, also from CSUMB, represented the Collaborative Health & Human Services (CHHS) Department, pointing out that they had 218 interns in the 2016-2017 school year, putting in over 50,000 service hours at 107 agency sites.

Members of the nonprofit community who came to the event, learned about how to apply for a CSUMB intern and how to satisfy the college’s goals in regards to student internships. For more information on the CHHS program, contact



Leslie David

Leslie David is a Bay Area independent reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has produced for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming. She was with KRON-TV News in San Francisco as camera-woman, editor and field producer, where she won the Commonwealth Club's Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their series on the Aids Epidemic. She started as a small market news reporter shooting her own 16mm film at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County.