Just one hour from the Pacific coastline, Isaias Garcia ’12 is working this summer as a public relations intern for Chegg, Inc., in Santa Clara, Calif. Garcia is helping to build a strategic plan to inform college students of the benefits of renting textbooks through Chegg, which provides textbook rental as an alternative to the high costs of purchasing. Garcia will also assist with the community service program that involves Chegg employees interacting with the communities around the company’s headquarters.
Garcia says he applied for the internship because he wanted to pursue a career in marketing, sales or public relations. “Having this opportunity as a junior would let me test the water and help me make my decision after May 2012,” he explains.
As a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, Garcia had two opportunities to meet with Chegg’s CEO, Kappa Sigma brother and newly-elected Trustee Dan Rosensweig ’83. This semester, after meeting with Rosensweig when he was on campus as part of The President’s Forum, Garcia spoke to him about a possible internship and learned there would be one internship spot available for a student. He applied and learned of his selection a week later.
A writing and rhetoric major, Garcia is a member of the Chimera Honor Society. He also helped start a non-profit that feeds less affluent families during Thanksgiving called, “Project Feed Me.” He and co-founder Patrick Alvarez were featured in the New York Times last fall for their efforts. Some of his previous experience includes working as a site monitor for Children’s Aid Society, which advocates for teens in the inner city, and as a clerical assistant at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
Throughout his career, Rosensweig has created internship opportunities for HWS students to work directly with him. Often, he offers these students job opportunities following graduation. He dedicated the Rosensweig Learning Commons at HWS in 2008. During his time as a Hobart student, Rosensweig was a political science major and studied abroad in London.