Sustainable Workforce Pipeline.
The future of San Antonio's economy depends on a sustainable workforce pipeline. That's precisely why greater:SATX is launching a new talent retention initiative, Alamo Fellows, to support our region's first-generation students by equipping them with the social networks and professional capacity to build amazing careers here in San Antonio.
We are focused on building diverse, inclusive, and equitable access to professional opportunities for talent in San Antonio across all our workforce development initiatives. As trailblazers in their families and communities, many first-generation students navigate their educational journeys with less access to the social and cultureal capital than students that come from multiple generations of college-goers. San Antonio colleges and universities serve more first-generation college students than any other metro area in the US.
The Alamo Fellows program supports students’ professional development by increasing their connections in our city and community. The program will expose fellows to a variety of non-profit, public, and private organizations that lead economic growth in our city.
Alamo Fellows creates the following kinds of connections for students:
Community: Fellows will engage with community-based leaders and organizations that will expose students to the great work being done to support people in our community and their well-being.
Career: Fellows will intern with a local company that aligns with their majors and career aspirations in STEM fields. STEM includes majors in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics but also consists of the social sciences such as anthropology and psychology and also business majors that are interested in data analytics and quantitative methods/reasoning.
Social: Throughout the fellowship, students will engage in various workshops, tours, keynote presentations, mixers, and events intended to increase their networks and exposure to our city.
Applications are now open for the second Alamo Fellows cohort. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2023.
Alamo Fellows Working Group
Composed of leaders from local companies, the working group is responsible for providing insights and expertise into programming, internships, employer engagement, reviewing applicants, and the schedule of events.
Working group members include:
Have questions? Click below to read our FAQs or watch the Alamo Fellows webinar.
Retaining SATX Talent
The future of San Antonio’s economy depends on a sustainable workforce pipeline.
Our new talent retention initiative, Alamo Fellows, aims to harness the skills of first-generation students in our region and equip them with the social networks, cultural tools, and professional capacity to navigate their professional trajectories.
We are focused on building diverse, inclusive, and equitable access to professional opportunities for talent in San Antonio. As trailblazers in their families and communities, many first-generation students navigate their educational journeys with less access to the social and cultural capital than students that come from multiple generations of college-goers. Supporting first-generation students is an investment in the future.
Be part of something greater. Watch the video below to learn more about our Alamo Fellows program.
Luis Nino joined Alamo Fellows to explore multiple industries and strengthen his engagement with the San Antonio community. He loves the diversity of San Antonio and enjoys hiking and kayaking. After graduation, Luis plans to earn a master’s degree in finance and develop a private equity firm.
Finance - Economics | The University of Texas at San Antonio
Julio Martinez joined Alamo Fellows for networking opportunities and to help him obtain a full-time position in San Antonio. His goal is to take part in transforming the economic and cultural impact of San Antonio and connect to professionals that will help advise him along the way. He enjoys San Antonio’s nightlife, celebrating Fiesta and cheering on the San Antonio Spurs. After graduation, he wants to become involved with nonprofits that support low-income college students or individuals struggling with mental health.
Business - Finance | University of the Incarnate Word
Deniff Lara joined Alamo Fellows to expand her range of knowledge in the STEM field. Her goal is to network and learn what business and technology programs San Antonio offers. She loves the people of San Antonio and the community’s compassion and willingness to give back. After graduation, Deniff hopes to become the councilwoman for District 1 or hold a public service role for the city or state.
Sociology & Public Administration | The University of Texas at San Antonio
Jacqueline Alfaro joined Alamo Fellows to find an organization that will help shape her future. Her goal is to connect to successful professionals to learn from their experiences. Additionally, she is the public relations chair at her university for the Worden of Social Work Organization and she wishes to find mentors to help guide her on the path of event planning and marketing. Jacqueline loves the diversity of San Antonio and enjoys the farmers’ markets. After she graduates, she plans to find a career in the San Antonio area and obtain her master’s degree.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Alfaro
Mass Communications – PR | Our Lady of the Lake University
Jeff Sheng joined Alamo Fellows to grow his network and develop leadership skills. He hopes to meet and learn from the top professionals in San Antonio. Jeff loves San Antonio’s welcoming culture and the activities the city offers. After graduation, Jeff hopes to start his career in the field he loves, computer science.
Computer Engineering | The University of Texas at San Antonio
Korina Alcantara joined Alamo Fellows to seek professional development and career experience. Her goal is to grow her network with those in the community and cohort. Some of her favorite things in San Antonio are exploring the city’s museums and exhibits and learning something new everywhere she goes. In addition, Korina is passionate about giving back to the community and being a part of the growth of San Antonio. After graduation, Korina will seek a career that unites and supports the community.
Computer Information Systems | Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Christian Ramirez joined Alamo Fellows to develop new skills and a professional network. He loves San Antonio’s welcoming culture and its small city atmosphere. After graduation, Christian hopes to find a career that aligns with his field of study.
Computer Information Systems | Texas A&M San Antonio
Erica McFarland joined Alamo Fellows to establish genuine connections and gain valuable experience to enhance her resume and well-being. San Antonio’s diversity and outdoor activities are a few attributes Erica loves about the city. After graduation, Erica plans to pursue a graduate degree to further her research experience and is interested in careers associated with mental and behavioral health programs.
Public Health - Communications | The University of Texas at San Antonio
Kimberly Gonzalez joined Alamo Fellows to gain exposure to the professional community in San Antonio and allow her to find opportunities for her career. Her goal is to gain experience in the computer science field and develop skills that go beyond the classroom. What she loves the most about San Antonio is the people, who are generous, helpful and welcoming. After graduation, Kimberly will seek a position in computer science.
Computer Science | Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Eliezer Leal joined Alamo Fellows to grow his professional network. His goal is to become more comfortable meeting new people and gain the proper tools to be successful in his field. He grew up in San Antonio and loves the city’s culture, music and food. After graduation, Eliezer will continue his education and apply to the San Antonio Police Department.
Exercise & Sports Science | St. Mary’s University
Mohammed Hani joined Alamo Fellows to gain mentors and experience in his field of study. Mohammed has lived in San Antonio for one year and loves the city’s natural beauty and deep history. His goal is to become more familiar with local businesses and San Antonio’s culture. After graduation, Mohammed hopes his hard work and passion for computer science will lead to a successful career in the field.
Computer Science | St. Mary’s University
Adrian Herrera joined Alamo Fellows to grow his professional network. His goal is to find internship opportunities in engineering that will provide him with the experience needed to start his career. Adrian appreciates the unique foods, local restaurants and diversity of San Antonio. After graduation, he hopes to complete a presentable senior design project and find a graduate program to further his studies.
Engineering Science | Trinity University
Chloe Bruno joined Alamo Fellows to establish a community connection with motivated individuals. She aims to gain more knowledge about the workforce and set herself up for success. Some of her favorite things in San Antonio are going out into the diverse culture and enjoying the city life it offers. After graduation, Chloe hopes to have developed intrapersonal and leadership skills that will lead her to a successful future.
Cybersecurity | Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Maria (Alex) Navarro joined Alamo Fellows to become more involved in her community. Her goal is to meet more professionals and students in her field of study. She loves exploring downtown San Antonio and visiting local parks. After graduation, Alex hopes to secure a full-time job in construction science.
Maria (Alex) Navarro
Construction Science | The University of Texas at San Antonio
Azfar Budhwani joined Alamo Fellows to learn more about the engineering industry and to find the best job opportunity. His goal is to gain knowledge and experience through internships to start his career. He loves how unique San Antonio is from other cities and the history that celebrates the different cultures. After graduation, Azfar will seek a
full-time position in Aerospace.
Azfar “A.Z.” Budhwani
Mechanical Engineering | The University of Texas at San Antonio
Yairy Mendez joined Alamo Fellows to find internship opportunities and support for first-generation students. Her goal is to evolve her skill set and build a stronger professional network in San Antonio. Yairy loves the diversity, history and traditions of San Antonio. After graduation, Yairy will attend medical school to become a pediatric cardiologist and help the community that has helped her.
Biology | St. Mary’s University
Gwendolyn Shepard joined Alamo Fellows to find new opportunities to transition to a different career field. Her goal is to improve her network and find an internship that will lead her to a fulfilling career. Gwendolyn loves the big city, small-town atmosphere of San Antonio and its culture. After graduation, Gwendolyn will seek a job with a company that promotes employee growth and development and one day hopes to own a security firm.
Gwendolyn “Gwen” Shepard
Cybersecurity | The University of Texas at San Antonio
Jacqueline Avila joined Alamo Fellows to find an organization that supports first-generation students. Her goals as an Alamo Fellow is to create new long-lasting connections and develop herself professionally. After she graduates, she would like to work at a biomedical engineering company, specifically one that focuses on the cardiovascular system. Jacqueline plans to return to school to pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.
Biomedical Engineering | The University of Texas at San Antonio
Alamo Fellows represent a growing group of talented students poised to become our region's future leaders. We look forward to seeing how you can continue to make a positive impact in our community.
Thank you to
This program is powered by the generous support of Bank of America.
Thank you to
OUR working group members
- CPS Energy
- Joeris General Contractors
- KFW Engineers
- Turner Construction Company
- 80/20 Foundation
Contact us to learn how you can get involved in supporting the Alamo Fellows program.