Latino Farmworker College Students Get Crucial Career Boost - NBC News.com: Yonny Castillo, 21, began working in the fields with his family in Oregon when he was just eight years old. His family has picked blueberries, pears, and even cherries ever since he can remember.
But this summer, the Willamette University student has had a complete different experience. Instead of working all day in the heat and hand sorting fruit until sundown, Castillo put on a suit and tie and worked in Washington, D.C., meeting and interacting with professionals and Congressional representatives in Capitol Hill.
Castillo was one of four college students who recently completed this year’s National Migrant And Seasonal Head Start Association (NMSHSA) summer internship program. It provides these students, whose summers have been spent picking fruit and vegetables, with a chance to work with professionals and organizations and work toward a more professional and lucrative future.