Invasion of the Omnitrans Interns!

by Jasmine Rolf, Marketing Intern

Omnitrans is proud to introduce its new intern program! We have hired 14 enthusiastic young professionals from our community, eager to gain real-life experience in their fields of study. Omnitrans recently was awarded the Federal Transit Administration Innovative Transit Workforce Development Grant, allowing departments to create fun and challenging projects to provide interns with exposure they cannot get just by sitting in a classroom.

The Director of Internal Audit Services, Samuel Gibbs, believes interns are valuable to Omnitrans because, “they are able to complete projects departments otherwise would not have time for, which helps improve resources for our Omnitrans riders.”

What is especially unique about Omnitrans interns is that they all come from local colleges and universities, which is vital for the upward development of San Bernardino.  Our interns are composed of graduate and undergraduate students and the program provides awareness of the opportunities available, relevant to their degree within the city of San Bernardino, so that once they graduate they can come back and help the community to thrive.

We are very excited to introduce this group of interns to you!

Michael Crawford, Cal Poly Pomona – Internal Audit Intern

What do you like best, so far, working at Omnitrans?

Learning about the transit industry in general has been very enjoyable for me. I’ve had the chance to visit every department in the agency and get a rudimentary understanding of how each department operates.

 What are your career goals?

My ultimate career goal is to work in investment banking:  managing stocks for companies, helping with mergers and acquisitions, and managing investments for clients.

How does Omnitrans fit within your educational and career goals?

Omnitrans is fitting in with my educational/career goals perfectly; I go down to the finance department at least once a week to learn about how the agency runs its finances. A lot of what I learn here at Omnitrans applies directly to what I am learning in the classroom.

Julie Nguyen, Cal State San Bernardino – Human Resources Intern

What do you like best, so far, working at Omnitrans?

What I like best so far working at Omnitrans is being able to develop and improve professional skills that will be beneficial for my future career goals, while also being in a very positive work environment.

What are your career goals?

My ultimate career goal is to become an occupational therapist working in the mental health or pediatrics field. An occupational therapist helps rehabilitate individuals recovering from mental and physical illnesses by performing activities required in their daily lives.

How does Omnitrans fit within your educational and career goals?

Being a wellness intern at Omnitrans is beneficial to my future career goals because if I become an occupational therapist, my role may also include educating patients on healthier lifestyle practices that would aid in recovery for various treatment plans. Omnitrans fits with my educational goals because I am able to experience a professional working environment that many of my college courses have prepared me for.

Mary Bucayu, Cal State San Bernardino – Finance Intern

What do you like best, so far, working at Omnitrans?

I like how I am able to learn new things about public transit. I love working with the people in my department. They have been really generous with their time and efforts in providing me with projects that would help me instill more understanding of the overall functions of the Finance department.

What are your career goals?

I’d like to be an accountant or a financial analyst. I would also like to become a CPA.

How does Omnitrans fit within your educational and career goals?

Omnitrans helps develop my career and enhance my professional experience in the business field. It is always satisfying how I get to translate the knowledge I learn from school and apply it to my internship. The experience I acquire provides me with a clearer perspective with the career I want to pursue.

Diana Iwais, Cal State San Bernardino – Safety & Security Office Intern

What do you like best, so far, working at Omnitrans?

The collaborative environment among employees and Omnitrans’ overall safety and security.

What are your career goals?

To work for the government in the Emergency Management or Policy Making or Planning areas.

How does Omnitrans fit within your educational and career goals?

Interning at Omnitrans provides me with the required experience to align my educational background with my career goal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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