Opportunities for recent grads: Internships and jobs


Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

With winter commencement around the corner, thousands are getting ready to graduate from college and begin their careers. Some will have a job waiting for them while others continue the intense and often exhausting job search.

Today’s market may not seem promising, but that should not deter graduates from hunting for a job.  According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Center for Career Development and Talent Acquisition, 91.9 percent of employers rate the job market at good to excellent for new grads. Employers plan to hire 4 percent more new graduates for their U.S. operations than the previous year.

Here are just a few of organizations hiring right out of college, according to Glassdoor and Indeed:

Business administration

Amazon—The popular company is always looking for new talent to join the ever-growing company, which is currently the second-highest-grossing company in the nation. From operations area managers, to HR specialists, to business development representatives, there is something for everyone at Amazon.

Johnson & JohnsonJohnson & Johnson is looking for candidates for the 2018 Finance and Leadership Program. The FLP is a two-year program designed specifically to prepare future generations of business leaders within the accounting and finance organization. The first rotation will take place in Juárez, Mexico.

Chick-Fil-A—Chick-fil-A has a Business Internship Program for those who want exposure to a variety of business leadership programs.


Socorro Independent School District—The SISD has vacancies year-round for certified teachers from all grade levels. They currently have 13 openings for teachers at several of their campuses, ranging from elementary to high school. There are even counselor positions available.

El Paso Independent School District—El Paso Independent School District – EPISD has plenty of positions for certified teachers and paraprofessionals at most of their campuses, from grades pre-k through 12th.

Dallas Independent School District—If you want to broaden your horizons, the DISD is always looking to recruit teachers from El Paso. Their career site has openings for 21 bilingual teachers, 14 ESL teachers and 33 special education teachers. This would be a great opportunity for those who know two languages.

Houston Independent School District—

Houston Independent School District – HISD currently has 89 vacancies to fill for certified teachers in all grade levels. If you haven’t yet received your certification and are working toward that path, they also have openings for associate teachers and substitutes.


Lockheed Martin—Lockheed Martin is a popular choice for candidates with an engineering degree. The company was voted Candidate’s Choice’s Best Places to Interview for 2017 by Glassdoor. After a quick job search, you will find plenty of positions for engineering jobs, including two for an entry level systems engineer.

NASA—NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory located in Pasadena, Calif., is hiring electrical engineer interns. JPL’s Early Career Hire (ECH) program provides recent college graduates with an opportunity to immediately utilize the knowledge obtained through their studies to gain related work experiences in alignment with their professional goals.

Fitbit—Fitbit, creators of the popular fitness watch, are looking for interns to join their growing team at their headquarters in San Francisco.

IBM—IBM Systems, located in Los Angeles, has openings for entry-level design engineer interns to develop their hardware and semiconductor products.

El Paso Electric—El Paso Electric routinely hires new employees in different engineering positions. Visit El Paso Electric’s career website for more information.

Health Sciences

Las Palmas Medical Center—The local hospital is currently looking for social workers to fill some vacancies at their medical center.

Five Star Senior Living Centers—Senior assisted living and nursing homes are often looking for social workers, wellness coordinators and therapists to join their team. Five Star Senior Living is one of those in need of a social worker.

Liberal Arts

FirstLight Federal Credit Union—Firstlight Federal Credit Union will be looking to hire a community and media relations specialist. There are other openings for those with a liberal arts background. FLFCU offers different jobs that can be found on the company’s website.

U.S. Customs and border protection—CBP opens their application year-round to hire new agents for Customs and Border Patrol. Many students with criminal justice degrees choose to seek an opportunity with the CBP.

Disney—Disney is a huge company that is always hiring for positions across the board. Disney Professional Internships is a program for recent grads looking for their next opportunity. Those with communication degrees, public relations and degrees of that sort are encouraged to apply.


U.S. Department of  Veteran’s Affairs—The VA has openings for registered nurses to fill, according to their website.

Las Palmas Medical Center—The medical center is currently looking to fill several vacancies for registered nurses.