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January 30, 2013

UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering has plenty of opportunities for students to succeed in their computing careers. There are a plethora of events, internship openings, job posts, and programs to choose from. One of the internships at UCSD is the Team Internship Program. The goal of the program is to expose students to “real-world engineering” problems with a team of students (TIP). The team of students usually intern with some company over the summer and are given projects to do. The teams are usually around two to five people that have mixed educational backgrounds ranging from different degrees. What is fascinating about this opportunity is that it is a paid internship but the downside is that it requires a vast amount of time. The TIES program is beneficial to my career plans because it can help show me how the computer industry operates and how to work in a team. In order to apply for the program, you must go through an application process that includes uploading a resume online and doing an application(TIP). A good time to apply for the internships is when the internship has just been posted online.

Another opportunity that UCSD provides students is the Global TIES (Teams in Engineering Service). This program is a combination of community service and the application of engineering skills in the real world. Students are put into groups and are given projects to accomplish. These projects vary from helping the local community to helping third world countries throughout the world(TIES). To apply for the program, one must simply fill out an online application. By participating in this program, students are also given credit. This program would aid in my computing career because I want to be able to help people with the things I create. I believe that this program would give me the beginning experience that I need to be able to get a job to assist people in the future.

There are many engineering and computing clubs on campus, but the one that caught my eye was the Computer Science and Engineering Society. The purpose of the club is to create an organization of people with similar interests and help each other out. The club also provides social gatherings, activities, and many other events for computer scientists and engineers to mingle. There is also a Facebook group that notifies members of things going on around campus, internship opportunities, and jobs (CSES). I believe that this organization is crucial to my career path because it is important to have connections in college. This club will also be helpful because I can get to know people who are just like me and are taking the same classes that I am in. Anyone in the computer science or engineering departments can join the club by just going to the meetings and they do not even need any applications or resumes.

I believe that UCSD and the Jacobs School of Engineering have done a fantastic job of creating thousands of opportunities for students to partake in. Although this is a big school with thousands of students on campus with different interests, these clubs, organizations, and programs have helped students create connections with each other. UCSD has put students into the best position to succeed and it is up to us to utilize the opportunities given to us and use it to our advantage.


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