Eight U of A students receive STEAM summer internships Tjuana Byrd


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Rameia King, a junior marketing student, is interning at Windstream this summer as part of the Tjuana Byrd Internship Program established by the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas.

This summer, eight U of A students are learning on the job through the Tjuana Byrd Internship Program, made possible by the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and several corporate sponsors. The program was created to advance women of color in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) fields for Arkansans attending two- or four-year colleges in the Arkansas.

Businesses across the state are partnering with the 10-week program. They include Acxiom, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, Arvest, Central Arkansas Water, L’Oreal, Stone Bank and Windstream.

Five undergraduate students from the College of Engineering have been selected for the internship program:

  • Sarah Balenko – senior in chemical engineering
  • Sasha McCoy – chemical engineering senior
  • Basha Moncur – electrical engineering senior
  • Alexandria Mooney – electrical engineering
  • Maria Quintero-Pena – senior in electrical engineering

Three Sam M. Walton College of Business undergraduates also received summer internships:

  • Neriah Carter – senior executive
  • Rameia King – junior marketing
  • Alma Puga – Junior in Supply Chain Management

Basha Moncur

The internship program was designed to encourage women of color to pursue STEAM jobs, a field where they are typically underrepresented. It also removes barriers by providing free housing, networking and professional development events, and mentoring.

Basha Moncur, who works this summer at Central Arkansas Water, said the internship was a great introduction to the engineering workforce.

“In such a short time, I had the opportunity to work on various projects in my field of electrical engineering while learning more about other engineering disciplines,” she said.

The internship is part of the Girls of Promise® initiative created by the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. Its mission is to connect girls with women working in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

For more information on the summer program, visit the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas girls of promise to place.


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