Dakota State students start their IT careers
Dakota State students majoring in information technology are getting a jump start on their careers. Many students in the College of Business and Information Systems take advantage of the growing number of businesses that offer intern positions for college students.
“I have found that the internship program is invaluable in teaching the soft skills you do not learn in school,” says Cedergren. “The procedural and personal knowledge learned is definitely the biggest benefit of the internship program.”
Cedergren is not the only student finding that internships can teach students just as much as in the classroom. Brandi Feldmann from Meadow Grove, Neb. interns at Epiq Systems, Inc. in Kansas City, Mo. as a Security Analyst. She currently is a sophomore double majoring in Network and System Administration and Computer and Network Security at DSU.
Feldmann experiences new skills and events that a student would not necessarily learn in a classroom environment, along with the hands-on learning which will help her and other students succeed in their careers.
“Internships give you a new perspective on how things are done and they even give you a new perspective on what is being taught to you, you can appreciate what you are learning,” declares Feldmann.
DSU alumni also hire DSU interns because they know the quality of the student and the internship. Vince Connelly, DSU alumnus and Director of Software and Product Development at Omnitech, Inc. in Sioux Falls, S.D. states that he values what internships bring to both the business and the student.
“Internships are invaluable to students, schools, and employers,” says Connelly. “From an employer’s perspective, we have the opportunity to positively influence their understanding of career options and assess future talent in our business environment. From a student’s perspective, the work experiences that I had while a student at DSU gave me real-world context to more clearly understand certain subjects, increased my ability to ask informed questions in class and helped me determine my career path.”
DSU students from all different majors and backgrounds participate in internships, both on and off campus. These internships provide real-world experiences that they can use in the remainder of their courses. Internship completion also contributes to job search success after graduation. The large number of students completing internships helps explain why DSU’s graduating class of 2011 had a 94% job placement in their field of study. A college education plus on-the-job experience means that employers can hire with confidence.
“For me, it has shown the day-to-day tasks that a district level coordinator has to fulfill,” says Steven Millage, who is interning at Madison Central School District as a Network Administrator. Millage is a senior Network and System Administration major from Vermillion, S.D.
Millage sums up his experience as being one that will help him down the road in his career. “It prepares us for some of the challenges which we will face in the future.”
Other students participating in internships this summer include: