Marieli Rubio


Marieli Rubio

Marieli Rubio

is a second year student studying civil engineering. She is passionate about green building design and integrating STEM in underserved communities. Marieli landed an internship with Whiting Turner after her sophomore year. She credits the Empowered Students' methodology for landing such as great business internship early in her college career.

She says. "Empowered Students helps students learn how to send cold emails, do in-person interviews (informational and formal), practice goal-setting, and overall learn more about their strengths and talents. Topics range from impostor syndrome, interviewing, and communication skills where students are required to actively practice and develop their professional skills. I was given guidance on how to build a network from scratch and use my power as a first-generation college student. By conducting in-person interviews, I was able to practice my communication skills, gain mentors and role models, and improve my confidence. In essence, I feel more empowered and capable of taking advantage of every networking opportunity and the chance to learn about people’s passions and their contributions to society. By establishing these connections, I was able to learn about the variety of job positions, people’s nonlinear trajectories, and their challenges as they navigate their career paths."

On campus, Marieli serves as a first-generation student Peer Mentor and a student research assistant for the non-profit Safe, Secure, and Loved:Resilient Families where she manages the SMS texting system to provide daily reminders to at-risk mothers in San Jose to promote mindful parenting. She translates consent forms, surveys, and instruction packets from English to Spanish.

In addition, she is a general member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and is a mentor at the non-profit Third Street Community Center where she helps high school students construct a hovercraft and participate in the Dell Tech Challenge.

Other interests include playing intramural soccer and basketball, hiking, journaling, and cooking.

As a first-generation student, Marieli strongly believes in the transformative power of career coaching. It encourages young adults to take action and network with professionals to discover their career path and learn more about themselves. With programs like the LEAD Program, AVID, and TechTrek, Marieli has received the necessary guidance and support to enroll in a four-year university and pursue her academic interests. She hopes to pay it forward by helping other first-generation students pursue their passions and discover their potential.