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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

Internship hunter

May Yang, right, Internship Developer and Sandeep Singh, her student assistant help students with work exprerience and internship details. Trevon Johnson || [email protected]

Being born as the middle child and only daughter in a traditional Hmong family, May Yang understands being an underdog and fighting for attention. She grew up competing against seven brothers.

Today, Yang continues to fight. However, since 2008, she chooses to fight for college students by assisting them with work and internship experience as the internship developer in the Career Center at City College.

“I love it because a lot of the students are my age and for me to help them and see them successful, it reminds me of how I struggled through college, trying to find people to support me academically,” Yang says with a big smile.

At 26, standing 4-foot-11-inches and weighing 98 pounds, the internship developer enters the cubical ring with her hair tied back, along with a light touch of make-up, wearing a cardigan and a pair of slacks.

On a regular basis, you’ll find Yang keyboarding left and right while coordinating her eyes on two computer screens, hunting internships from employers for students. To keep her motivated, she surrounds her desk with colorful academic fliers and personal thank you cards from co-workers and students.

“I see about 20ish students per week. They are very serious,” Yang says. “We have internships from television, radio stations, to graphic design to business, accounting and political science. It just varies across the board.”

Of the many students Yang has helped is Bonyia Vang, who regularly visits her for academic and personal advice.

“May has helped me a lot with advice on school and my personal life,” Vang says. “She is a very powerful. She keeps you coming back because she is so nice and helpful. You’ll want to return.”
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One particular person who is familiar with the work ethic of Yang is retired internship coordinator Wendy Slobodinik. After working with Yang for two years, Slobodinik explained Yang’s loyalty.

“She is so dedicated. She would work overtime for me, and not get paid for it,” Slobodinik says. “You can’t find that kind of loyalty.”

Prior to her position at City College, Yang says she grew up poor and lived in 10 different houses throughout her childhood and adolescent years. She says she was small and physically weak, constantly surrounded by bullying brothers.

“They were like bulldogs. I felt very outcast,” Yang says in a quiet tone.

However, she says it was the struggles that kept her fighting spirit alive because that was the way of getting her mother’s and father’s attention. The achiever began her academic training at age 9.

“My parents would encourage us to compete among each other. The one with the best grades would get to go to McDonald’s to get a happy meal,” Yang says.

From the many years of academic achievements, hard work finally paid off. Of all things, Yang is recognized for her determination, loyalty and invaluable guidance to the many students and staff faculty members.

“My life is like a fight, and I think I won,” Yang says.

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