Hispanic Heritage Foundation in Dallas Finding Internships for Minority College Students

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Price Waterhouse Coopers hosted a LOFT Symposium in Dallas yesterday.  The event was designed to encourage minority college students to begin thinking about the impact they can have on a global level.  It also included an opportunity for the students to apply for internships with PWC in the areas of technology, policy, finance, business and management.  

Some of the highlights of the symposium:

  • Mexico is one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world.  College graduates with Spanish-speaking skills will have greater opportunities of finding work.

  • Students must be ready to work in other countries in order to find good jobs and in order to help solve global problems.

  • All of the panelist found success while keeping their own culture alive.  Be proud of your culture.


The event was the fifth LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Global Megatrends Series.  PwC has identified five Global Megatrends which will be catalysts for global impact going forward.  A group of local panelists including PwC’s Chief Diversity Officer, Maria Castañón Moats, discussed the Global Megatrends before a large group of college students.  The students were encouraged to apply for internships during the networking reception, which followed the panel discussion.

The local panelists included moderator, Marcos Ronquillo, Victor Arias, Jr. and William Correa.

The Global Megatrends include:

  • Rapid Urbanization
  • Climate change and resource scarcity
  • Social and Demographic Change
  • Economic Shift
  • Technological Breakthroughs

“This is an exciting direction for the LOFT program and we are looking forward to an open discussion on the importance of these trends in shaping the world today,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.  “It’s important our developing leaders have a global perspective and I applaud PwC for sharing its vision with our network.  PwC has made it clear that as a company, it wants to benefit from our community’s diverse perspectives in its workforce Maria Castañón Moats who is leading this effort is an example of PwC’s commitment to diversity.”

 “The Global Megatrends offer great opportunities for Hispanic and other diverse professionals who can apply their diverse perspectives for developing creative ways to respond to the changes taking place,” said Castañón Moats. “At PwC, we embrace those differences and make it the responsibility of everyone – not just multicultural professionals – to help support an inclusive environment in which we can all thrive.”

About HHF and LOFT

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation – a nonprofit established by the White House in 1987 – inspires, prepares, and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities.  HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions.  HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University (Visitwww.HispanicHeritage.org.)

LOFT is HHF’s award-winning, leadership and workforce-development program focused on 10 “Tracks” or industries including science, healthcare, technology, engineering, education, entrepreneurship, finance, public service, media and entertainment, and Latinas.  Tens of thousands of vetted students and young professionals (aged 15-35) are connected to each other, mentors and resources; over 75 trainings, workshops, and onlineCharlas (informal chats or presentations) are hosted across the country; creative initiatives are executed; and hundreds of minorities are placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.  Join http://loftnetwork.org to get on the fast track.

About PwC US

PwC US helps organizations and individuals create the value they are looking for. We are a member of the PwC network of firms, which has firms in 157 countries with more than 195,000 people. We are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.pwc.com/US.

Press Contact:  Bayonia Marshall, Bayonia@HispanicHeritage.org


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