Presenter

Mariana Briones
Biography
Mariana Briones is a Product Manager at Microsoft. She graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in May 2020. Throughout her undergraduate years, she had various internships and offers with companies such as Cummins, General Motors, and Microsoft. Mariana attended Google’s Hispanic Student Leadership Summit (HSLS) where she gave a talk about the importance of internships and why Hispanics struggle to obtain them in front of 100+ students and Google employees. She has always been passionate about helping with diversity initiatives, especially after knowing the numbers of Latinas in tech.

In 2018, Mariana co-founded S2L (Student2Leader), an organization at UTEP that offered weekly professional development workshops for 30+ students. She became a mentor and helped 10+ students get internships in companies including Google, Microsoft, Palantir, Twitter, and more.

In 2019, Mariana and Alejandro co-founded InternMakers, a community with more than 40K followers where they creates free content to share on platforms like YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and more, to teach students how to get internships.

During her second internship with Microsoft as a Program Manager, she was selected out of 3,000 interns to interview Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, in front of his leadership team and the intern class. Ever since then she has created many initiatives to help students prepare to get interviews and convert them to job offers.