The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is excited to announce the 9th graduation of their Community Internship Collaboration (CIC) program. The graduation ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 9, at the SALA Event Center, located at 2551 Central Avenue, in Los Alamos, starting at 4 pm. The community is invited to attend and celebrate the graduates.

Since 2014, UNM-LA has been partnering with local businesses to provide meaningful work experiences for students and meet local workforce needs through the CIC program. The program teaches students different business skills, from developing a resume to workplace etiquette, and provides them with valuable work experience, college credit, and a stipend.

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A next generation industry leader- CIC intern Thalia Moraga stands between Arthur Valencia and mentor Laura Joy, VP of Marketing at Zia Credit Union.

“The Community Internship Collaboration is an incredible opportunity for students to delve into their interests and identify their career paths while being nurtured in a supportive environment,” said Brittany Carpenter, director of the CIC program. “The program is also beneficial to the local community since it offers workforce development opportunities to local leaders.”

This semester, the graduation is sponsored by a partnering business, Zia Credit Union. Thalia Moraga, a CIC intern with the Marketing Department at Zia Credit Union, has made significant contributions to the marketing team. Moraga has been working with Laura Loy, vice president of Marketing, and has created several Tik Tok videos for Zia Credit Union, which already have more than 400 views.

“We are so pleased to have been paired with Thalia this semester. From day one, she has been a great fit for Zia Credit Union and we have thoroughly enjoyed working with her,” said Loy. “Her original project was to establish our TikTok account and create relevant and entertaining content to post regularly. She has contributed to our marketing in other ways too, such as filming special events like our 68th-anniversary classic car show in Espanola and our ribbon-cutting ceremonies in Los Alamos and Santa Fe. Thalia has made such a positive impression on us, that we are moving forward with hiring her after the CIC program concludes.”

UNM-LA is grateful for the continued support of the Los Alamos community and local businesses, who make the CIC program possible. The program has been an excellent way for students to gain work experience, earn college credit, and make valuable contributions to local businesses.

For more information on the CIC program or graduation ceremony, contact Brittany Carpenter at or 505.662.5919.

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