DALLAS (July 14, 2015) – For the second consecutive summer, Capital One is teaming up with the National Academy Foundation (NAF) to host 10 Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) high school interns from four schools as part of a financial internship program.

The exclusive opportunity to intern at Capital One’s Plano Campus was awarded to students from Dallas who attend career-themed academies. Selection criterion was based on each student’s academic excellence record and involvement in school and community in addition to personal letters of interest and recommendation letters from teachers and other professionals.

The following 10 students have been awarded Capital One internships:

  • Jonathan Hopkins, South Oak Cliff High School
  • Kenny Jaramillo, Emmett J. Conrad High School
  • Michelle Lopez, Justin F. Kimball High School
  • Cole Martinez, Woodrow Wilson High School
  • Betti Negussie, Emmett J. Conrad High School
  • Emilio Ramos, South Oak Cliff High School
  • Claudia Sanchez, Emmett J. Conrad High School
  • Venus Toran, Justin F. Kimball High School
  • Karen Velasquez, Justin F. Kimball High School
  • Tasia Wilson, Emmett J. Conrad High School

All of the students will be seniors in the fall of 2015.

The students began their internships on June 16 and will work on Capital One’s Plano Campus through the end of July.

“Capital One is proud of the positive feedback and success of last year’s internship program, and we are excited to host NAF students for a second year,” said Sanjiv Yajnik, President of Capital One Financial Services and South Central Regional President for Capital One. “There is tremendous competition when entering today’s workforce, and Capital One is committed to preparing students at an early age by providing real-world experience. Quality education is a crucial building block for economic success, and all businesses should strive to offer opportunities like internships to not only provide the resources for our young people to succeed, but to inspire them to create and achieve ambitious career goals.”

NAF is a nonprofit organization that prepares students for college and career success through industry-focused curricula, work-based learning experiences and business partner expertise. Capital One has supported the NAF mission in aiding academy students with career tools since 2009. In 2011, Yajnik joined the NAF board of directors with the goal to actively partner with NAF at a national level. He serves as Treasurer of NAF’s Board of Directors. 

The Capital One paid internships program is providing a customized, six-week program that enables students to team up with professionals in their areas of interest, including career tracks in finance, hospitality/events, and information technology. In addition, the program offers a buddy and mentor for each student, weekly lunch-and-learn sessions with professionals and executives of the company, and a student competition.

Capital One is passionate about and actively supports internships related to education and workforce development, both in college and high school. NAF is a nationally known nonprofit that is founded on developing and sustaining a high school national network of academic and professional success, making this partnership a natural blending of mutual interests. 

About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation ( is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $210.4 billion in deposits and $306.2 billion in total assets as of March 31, 2015. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has branches located primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index.

About National Academy Foundation

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is an acclaimed network of career-themed academies that opens doors for underserved high school students to viable careers. For more than 30 years, NAF has refined a proven model that provides young people access to industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. More than 4,600 business professionals volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships, and serve on local advisory boards. During the 2012-13 school year over 62,000 students attended 546 NAF academies across 39 states, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2012, NAF academies reported 97% of seniors graduated.



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