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UNHM Student Gains Valuable Experience from Internship with DEKA

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Source: UNH Manchester News

In this economy where the jobs are sparse and the market competitive, it’s almost expected that college students will graduate with some sort of hands on, practical experience.

Alumni that participated in the Internship Program as undergraduates have reported higher starting salaries and higher positions available upon graduation than college students without previous experience.

For Scott Adie, a Computer Information Systems major at UNH Manchester, his internship with DEKA, a research and development corporation in Manchester challenged him.

“I had to learn a new programming language from the start,” he says. “I had never touched it before. And that entire summer I learned it and am very competent in it now. Now it’s one of the languages I use the most. So it really benefitted me.”

Adie’s summer internship worked out so well, his supervisors at DEKA asked him to come back for another internship in the fall.

“Internships get us into the real world, and give us a glimpse of what we are going to be doing,” says Adie. “And it prepares us even more than the University can because we’re dealing with co-workers, we’re dealing with deadlines, we’re doing projects, things like that.”

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UNHM Students Visit Dyn to Learn About Internship Opportunities

Students from CIS 685 – Professional Development Seminar can be seen here in front of Dyn’s wall of IP addresses and domain names issued by the company.

November 27th, 2012– UNHM’s CIS 685 – Professional Development Seminar class took a trip to Dyn before potentially applying for internships at the company. The DNS, email, SMTP, and Domain Registration company, situated in Manchester’s Millyard, gave a tour to the class of mostly seniors.

Dyn is a company with a very vibrant culture, which was obvious immediately upon walking in the door, where a novelty “switch to the internet” could be spotted. The number of cool, quirky items did not diminish after the tour began–a Kinect could be spotted next to a ping pong table in the cafe area, and in the hallway just beyond that was a vintage arcade machine beautifully restored to display the Dyn logo, and a rock climbing wall.

There seemed to be no shortage of freedom and creativity among the company’s staff, and each employee’s work space was made unique with various decorations. Some employees could even be seen zipping from place to place on scooters. We spotted a few familiar faces, as Dyn has employed a number of UNHM alumni in the past, including Bethany Ross, who we recently interviewed about her experiences at the company.

We learned a lot about the company and what it’s like working for Dyn. Dyn consists of three major departments: engineering, IT, and marketing/sales. No day is the same, and the work is very fast-paced. Although the employees are given a good amount of freedom, they are also held to a certain degree of accountability–you may not be expected to be at your desk every minute of the day, but you are expected to get your projects done.

All in all, Dyn was a very impressive workplace and well worth the visit. The company is rapidly expanding and always looking for talent, and anyone who is interested in working for Dyn is encouraged to apply online.

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Student Creates Database Solution for the YWCA

Source: UNH Manchester News

http://manchester.unh.edu/about/news/2012/student-creates-database-solution-ywca

http://londonderry.patch.com/articles/londonderry-student-creates-solution-for-ywca

The YWCA had a problem. And it turns out the solution will help dozens of UNH Manchester students learn new skills and has kick-started at least one young man’s career in software development.

David Meehan is a B.S. Computer Information Systems junior at UNH Manchester. This summer, he helped perfect a project started by students in the computing technology program and aimed at helping the YWCA in Manchester process donations coming into the non-profit. Meehan, by winning the 2012 John G. Winant Fellowship awarded by UNH’s Carsey Institute, was able to take a summer internship at the YWCA Manchester where he is implementing the project.

“There’s a lot of stuff that you experience in the course, that when you do it for real is really different,” said Meehan. “It actually means a lot. …Software development is something that I am interested in pursuing as a career, so to have this first-hand experience with it is absolutely terrific.”

Computer Information Systems as a degree program encompasses all aspects of computing technology with the goal of putting students to work with companies and organizations in the community to solve real-world problems while at the same time learning computer skills.

“Our courses are project-based,” said Computing Technology Coordinator and Associate Professor Mihaela Sabin. “To make the learning experience relevant, we are interested in real world projects with real stakeholders, clients, and end users.”

The key curricular components of the B.S. CIS program include programming, networking, human-computer interaction, databases, web systems, and IT fundamentals. Outside of the classroom, Sabin has fostered ties to local business and industry, including start-ups, non-profits, and government agencies. These partnerships translate into hands-on, practical and authentic experiences through course projects, internships, independent study projects, and undergraduate research fellowships and scholarships…

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