Colorado State University-Pueblo has sent four students to complete a nine-week summer internship at the world's largest museum, education, and research complex — the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Xavier Madrid, Sarah Megilligan, Miranda Caro and Abigail Seman will experience hands-on learning opportunities in fields specifically associated with their majors.

The opportunity is made possible by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

In the spring of 2016, CSU-Pueblo and The Smithsonian Institution signed a memorandum of understanding making it possible for CSU-Pueblo students to intern at the Smithsonian in the summer.

Madrid, a junior honors student majoring in sociology with an emphasis in criminology, is a first-generation college student born and raised in Pueblo. He said he is interested in studying cultural heritage and identity in Southwest Colorado and plans to focus on this area when he attends graduate school.

He said these plans will be aided by his internship experience, as he will intern for the National Museum of American History.

Megilligan is an active student-athlete from Colorado. She is a junior at CSU-Pueblo majoring in mass communications with an emphasis in integrated communications/electronic media and minoring in computer information systems and honors. She will intern for the Web and Digital Office of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Caro, a senior, studies English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in communication and rhetoric.

Caro attended Dolores Huerta Preparatory Academy, where she began taking college classes her freshman year. She later graduated as valedictorian and concurrently graduated from Pueblo Community College with her associate of arts degree in 2017.

She said she aspires to pursue a graduate degree in communication and rhetoric. She will be interning with the Education and Advancement Departments of the Smithsonian Libraries, where she will work with historic materials and correspond with donors.

Seman is a first-generation senior. She began her collegiate career at 14, earning an associate of arts at Pueblo Community College in 2017. She graduated Summa Cum Laude. Seman is pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in history with a minor in philosophy.

Seman, who has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her college career, said she wants to continue her education by pursuing a doctorate with emphasis on 20th Century World. She will intern for the National Museum of American History.

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CSU-Pueblo President Tim Mottet said the university is proud to continue its partnership with the Smithsonian.

"Our faculty have a long history of creating unique learning opportunities for our students that add value to their university degree. We are serious about transforming learning and this is just one of the many ways we are preparing students to navigate work in a rapidly changing world," said Mottet.

CSU-Pueblo students have interned at a number of locations, including the National Museum of American History-Lemelson Center for the Study of Innovation and Invention, the Archives of American Art, The National Postal Museum, Office of Protection Services, Smithsonian Facilities Digital Archives Management, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

CSU-Pueblo’s partnership with the Smithsonian has positively impacted dozens of student interns by preparing them for their futures after graduation. Anyone interested in growing this system of reciprocity is encouraged to contact the CSU-Pueblo Foundation at 719-549-2380.

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