This summer, William Samayoa ’19 interned at the Posse Foundation’s corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, helping to advance its mission of connecting deserving students with extraordinary leadership abilities to four-year college opportunities with full-tuition scholarships.
As a development department summer intern, Samayoa attended Posse career events geared toward student recruitment that were hosted by partner organizations and programs such as Deloitte, Bank of America and the U.S. Fulbright Program.
An HWS Posse Scholar, Samayoa served on information panels with other scholars and Posse mentors, discussing how to support new Posse students. He was also responsible for researching and maintaining records of the 400 Posse alums across various social media platforms.
As a writing and rhetoric and media and society double major at HWS, Samayoa credits his academic development at the Colleges with helping him with his work this summer.
“Overall, my writing and rhetoric courses have taught me how to always gauge my audience and thus I know how to present myself well,” he says. “So my academics were key.”
He credits his HWS education and connections with the faculty for helping to provide important guidance ahead of the internship.
On campus, Samayoa is part of the Writing Colleagues program and a student writer for the Colleges’ chapter of The Odyssey Online. He also works as a student technician for IT Services.