The National Migrant Scholars Internship Initiative

Mission Statement:

“Provide internship opportunities to CAMP scholars nationwide”


The National Migrant Scholars Internship Initiative is designed to identify and recruit College Assistance Migrant Program students from across the nation, in finding experiential learning opportunities that will prepare them for future careers.

Meet the Team

Sam Velez Headshot 

Associate Director

Samantha Velez (Sam) currently serves as the Michigan State University National Migrant Scholars Internship (NMSI) initiative Associate Director. Sam is responsible for supporting internship opportunities for College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Scholars across the nation. She works closely with 53 universities and colleges to serve students with a migrant and seasonal farmworker background. She spent three years working with the Migrant Education Program processing data and working on special projects for the State of Michigan office. She also participated in Phase I of the NMSI Initiative in 2015. She recently served as a TRIO Talent Search College Readiness Specialist at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Samantha was born in Mission, TX and as a child, she migrated seasonally to Oceana County Michigan. Exposed to the migrant farmworker lifestyle, Samantha understands firsthand the impact of support services, educational and internship work experiences. She values the criticality of meaningful internships and the essential role they play in post-secondary education. Sam is committed to serving a life of service to first generation and low-income students. Ensuring that bridges and equal opportunities continue to traverse to underrepresented communities.






What is NMSI?

Sponsored by:

The NMSI Initiative is sponsored by CoBANK, National HEP/CAMP Association, Michigan State University and operated by Migrant Student Services at Michigan State University.

Participant benefits:

  • Develop professional and future career skills.
  • Build a network that can lead to future employment opportunities.
  • Gain critical work experience & transferable skills.
  • Create a professional resume and cover letter.
  • Gain interview preparation and experience.

Resources may include but are not limited to:

  • Financial compensation
  • Housing assistance
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional attire or uniform (if required).

Partnering employer benefits:

  • Access to a diverse pool of candidates.
  • Identify, train and cultivate interns with strong work ethics and uniquely valuable skill sets.
  • Financial support to offset intern wages

Participant and partnership requirements:

  • Submit completed NMSI initiative application (student)
  • Complete a learning agreement (student and employer)
  • Approve a financial agreement (employer)
  • Complete a mid term and final participant evaluation (student and employer)