IT Community Welcomes Eight New Year Up Interns

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Supporting diverse talent

The Year Up program closes the opportunity gap by identifying and supporting diverse talent. By completing an established one-year program, adults aged 18 to 24 who have a high school diploma or GED but no college degree, are empowered with an alternate path to a viable career.

For more than two years, the Stanford IT Community has built an engaging partnership with Year Up to host interns across our distributed IT teams. 

This month, the Stanford IT Community welcomed its fifth cohort of eight interns for roles in University IT (UIT), Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE), Stanford University Libraries (SUL), and Humanities & Sciences (H&S).

“Here at Stanford, we are honored to partner with this inspiring and game-changing organization. We are also benefiting greatly from the talent and skill of our Year Up interns” said Hope Johnson, Year Up Program Lead. 

This year’s cohort

The new Year Up interns recently gathered virtually with their managers, Stanford IT leadership, and Year Up leadership. 

“This year was my first time hiring an intern through the Year Up program. I wasn’t sure what experience our intern would bring, or how much of the basics I’d need to teach her. Within a week, our Year Up intern, Jen, alleviated my fears. She brings a lot of great skills to the table and has been a great contribution to the team already. I particularly value her fresh perspective on our work and her eagerness to learn new things, " said Dustin Liang, Associate Director, Web and Operations for H&S IT. 

The fifth cohort includes:

  • John Carlos Guerra, UIT
  • Grant Peyton, UIT
  • Angel Luis Samonte, UIT
  • Guadalupe Contreras, UIT
  • Salvador (Sal) Gutierrez Barcenas, UIT
  • Edgar Vicente Ortiz, SUL
  • Jennifer Laura Dalanan, H&S IT
  • Cesar Salinas, LBRE

Prior to starting their internships at Stanford, these students completed six months of training at the Year Up San Francisco, San Jose, and Diablo Valley campuses in areas such as help desk/desktop support, cyber security, project management, data analytics, and quality assurance. They also honed critical soft skills like business communication, time management, and public speaking.

Learn more

Visit the Stanford Year Up Program homepage and read more about the program in this recent article: Stanford Year Up Partnership Offers a Hand Up to Young Adults. You’ll learn more about how the initiative has been a win-win for everyone and hear what it’s like to intern through Year Up at Stanford.

Get involved

If you would like to learn more about Year Up and/or are interested in sponsoring a Year Up intern, contact Hope Johnson, Stanford Year Up program lead, at