Summer program means interns work countywide


By Mike Cook

Andrew Bleimeyer, 16, a junior from Mayfield High School, and Andrew Jaramillo, technology student from New Mexico, 18, both from Las Cruces, are two of more than 500 interns that Doña Ana County has hired during summer 2021.

The two Andrews are assigned to the county communications department, working with the new county communications director, Anita Skipper.

“Our goal through this internship is to expose our students to a quality employment experience,” said Skipper. “The Andrews have been invaluable to our department in such a short time. They both came with interests in IT (information technology). Due to their willingness to learn new things, their view of computing has broadened. They learn the art of communication and its dissemination in various forms. They help with recording and editing videos as well as creating their own content.

At the county government building, Bleimeyer said he interviewed other interns and the county internship program director Margarita Porter, and also edited a video and worked on podcasts on the program.

Jaramillo also worked on videos and an app to help 911 operators more easily locate callers. He also contributed to the county’s full-page advertising in the Las Cruces Bulletin and to photography to update the county’s website, Jaramillo said.

The two Andrews also worked on county public service announcements for radio stations.

Bleimeyer, who will graduate from Mayfield in 2023, wants to pursue a career as a physiotherapist, chiropractor or message therapist, and perhaps work in sports medicine, he said. He is also interested in becoming an auto mechanic because he enjoys fixing things.

“I want to help people get their lives back,” Bleimeyer said. He’s eager to travel, but will likely stay in New Mexico – perhaps the upstate or mid-state – once he begins his career. He enjoys athletics, playing soccer and gardening at home.

Jaramillo said being a computer science student at New Mexico Tech gave him a “broad spectrum career path.” He is particularly interested in working in server maintenance or as an IT manager. Jaramillo said he would likely stay in New Mexico when he graduates from tech. Jaramillo said he enjoys playing video games and spending time with his friends. He also has a computer at his grandparents’ house that he has already taken apart and reassembled. The hardest part of this hobby, he said, is “keeping track of the screws.”

The internship program meant doing “something new every day,” Bleimeyer said.

“I’m glad I did,” Jaramillo said. “I was a lot more productive and learned a lot more than if I had been home all summer playing games.”

The county’s internship program was made possible by a $ 1.3 million grant the county received from the New Mexico Department of Public Education. Interns work a total of six weeks for county school districts, the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico State University, Doña Ana Community College, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Memorial Medical Center and other public entities, as well as private companies and non-profit organizations. .

“Our goal with our interns was to equip them with skills that they could take with them on their journey and to broaden their horizons when making education and career choices,” said Skipper.


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