A summer internship at the public defender’s office in Augusta, Georgia, convinced University of Florida third-year law student Kebin Lopez-Bautista that his future lies in criminal defense work.

“It was incredibly hands-on,” Lopez-Bautista said. “I loved the people in the office that I worked with, and I loved the clients that I worked with.”

A native Honduran and the first in his family to attend college, Lopez-Bautista is one of eight Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation Summer Fellows who received $5,000 to support their volunteer work in a judicial office, legal clinic, or other not-for-profit.