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LoanSifter Internships in Appleton – Detailed Description

 

Internships – Week of September 16 – 22

Current Computer Science and IT internships. Apply on-line or as specified in the internship descriptions. In addition, you may contact Career Services or the program chair at breznayp@uwgb.edu for more information.

Software Engineer Intern – NSight

Location: Cellcom – DePere
Employment duration: Full time Temporary – Intern
# of openings: 1
Internal Posting Deadline:

Company Summary:

Nsight, parent company of Cellcom, Nsight Telservices, and Nsight Tower wants YOU to join our team!
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Current Openings, Week of September 16 – 22, 2012

Current Openings – check the employers’ web site and contact the relevant person, such as the company’s Human Resources department. If you have difficulty locating the right person, contact the CS Chair at breznayp@uwgb.edu

Marshfield

Marshfield Clinic – Visual Designer (Web and Mobile)

Reporting to the Creative Services Manager, with responsibilities to Web & Interactive and Information Systems, the Visual Designer is responsible for creating visual designs for mobile, web and desktop.
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Netprologic looking for C++ Software Engineer

Location – Sussex, WI
Must be onsite
Skill Set Needed: we could even have a recent college grad as long as they have some internships/project experience as well. Here are the details:
C++ Software Engineer
We are looking for Software Engineers to join our team in Sussex, WI. This position is responsible for coding, unit testing and debugging in object-oriented development environments (C++) and SQL and actively contributing in a team setting to build, enhance, and support custom-developed software in our enterprise platform that benefits a wide array of manufacturing and administrative operations.

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Internships at LoanSifter in Appleton

Appleton mortgage application software developer LoanSifter is looking for interns. You need to be in your upper division class years (junior or senior).  Contact breznayp@uwgb.edu if you are interested.

ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, 2013

Calling all Computer Science students!

Every year the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) organizes the ACM – ICPC, the International Collegiate Programming Contest. The 2013 ICPC will be hosted by the Saint Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics in beautiful Saint-Petersburg, Russia, because the Russian team from that university won the world finals this year.

We have received a student request to form a participating team at UWGB. We need three (3) Computer Science majors who are interested in being contestants. This will be a first for our program. While all other UW campuses participate, UWGB has been on the sidelines. The time has come! Maybe we will host the ICPC in 2014! Because we win the world finals in 2013! Go Phoenix! (Well, short of that, participation would be a first, and an honor). So far there is definite interest from one (1) Computer Science major, so we are looking for two more incredibly talented and brilliant CS majors (of which we have an abundance). So contact the Chair (breznayp@uwgb.edu) if you are interested.

Click on the image below for the official website of the ACM-ICPC.

Robot Passes the “Mirror Test”

It was quite an achievement last year when the popular open source robot, QBO, passed the so-called “mirror test” of self-awareness. The idea is to test whether an entity (natural or artificial) is capable of recognizing its own image in a mirror. Children usually pass this test after around the age of one and half years old. QBO may be the first artificial entity (robot) that conceivably passed the test. Only humans and a small number of highly intelligent animals (including great apes, elephants and dolphins) are capable of this level of cognitive functioning. Watch the video on Youtube, at the link following the article. Click the image for a link to the article itself.

Raspberry Pi and Lego Supercomputer

This is really something to look at. The open source Raspberry Pi computer development board and Lego blocks used to build a supercomputer. Click the image for the link.

Happy Programmer Day!

Today is the 256th (in binary the day after 1111 1111) day of the year, and thereby today is Programmer Day. Click the image for the link.

Internship and Portfolio Reminder

This is my usual “start of the school year” message about one of the most important factors affecting our graduates career successes: the issue of internships.

Most students don’t pay enough attention to getting an internship during their years of study. I thought I would send out this e-mail at the beginning of every semester as a reminder.

Many students start wondering only during their senior year about what I call the “Catch-22” of getting a first job. The catch is that “no company wants to hire me without work experience, but how am I supposed to get work experience when nobody hires me?”. The one word answer to this puzzles is “internship”. In essence, hiring a full-time employee is a very expensive proposition for companies given that on top of salaries they also have to provide benefits, such as health insurance, that often covers family members as well. As a result, many companies are reluctant to hire a full-time employee if the only information they can have about the candidate is a transcript and the fact that the person had attended school as every good student is supposed to. That is good and nice, but not enough, because functioning in a corporate environment is a very different ball game than going to classes and doing homework. So companies really want to see evidence of work experience outside school work on your resume to consider you for employment.

Given this situation, it is vitally important that every Computer Science major and minor obtains an internship during their college years. (The same is true for Communication and Information Science majors and minors.). In our Communication and Information Science programs our faculty traditionally has achieved a near 100% internship ratio, meaning that practically every student in these majors/minors has an internship experience on his or her resume by graduation. This fact alone makes the Communication and Information Science programs belong to a small number of the most in-demand and most successful programs on campus. “Successful” in this regard means, first and foremost, that graduates of these programs get jobs instantly or in a very short time after graduation, in their chosen fields. They don’t end up on state unemployment rolls or in dead-end, non-college degree level jobs like waiting tables or stocking isles at discount department stores. This type of success is not the case in some other, very high-enrollment but less-than-high-employment-success programs on our campus.

We Computer Science faculty are aiming to make Computer Science achieve the same high, practically 100%, internship rate that distinguishes the Communication and Information Science programs. In order to reach this goal it is critically important that every one of you seeks to find an internship from very early on, basically from the day on when you decided to become a Computer Science major or minor and join the Information Technology (IT) and Computing industries and/or pursue a graduate degree in Computer Science. We send all requests from area industries and companies that we receive to you through our distribution lists. So does Career Services under the able leadership of Linda Peacock-Landrum (thank you, Linda and Karla for so many years of help and support!). It is not enough, though, to just passively sit and wait for an internship to come your way. You need to take an active role and show initiative in finding your internship. Check Career Services’ PRO (Phoenix Recruitment On-line) http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/connections/pro.asp database often, attend Career Fairs, Networking Nights and other events with (professional-quality, highly polished) resume in hand. Make connections and start building your own professional network that will be your lifeline through your entire career (nota bene -Facebook is not the ideal place for this; think more of sites like LinkedIn).

Career Services also provides coaching in resume and cover letter writing, interviewing and networking skills that you will need to be successful as a professional. Seek out their help and advice. Take COMP SCI 460 – Systems Analysis and Project Management (sorry about the self-advertising here) which is currently our only “soft skills” Computer Science course. It features speakers (often graduates of our program) from area employers and begins with a presentation by Linda or Karla about resumes, cover letters, interviews, job search techniques and related topics. One of the first assignments in the class that every student completes is the building of a professional quality resume and cover letter of their own.

Another very useful component of a successful job search is the creation of a portfolio – a collection of flashy projects, programs, smart phone apps, games, websites or even hardware such as robots that you created during your college years, in or out of the classroom. Hobby projects and open source contributions are as useful as class projects in this respect. Keep your creations with you on a laptop, phone or at least on a USB flash drive and have the URLs ready when you show up for an interview. Printed out screen shots, database and UML diagrams, run results etc. might also be useful to illustrate what you created. A picture (or a program or a website or an app) is worth a thousand words, and interviewing employers love to see proofs of your creativity. Keep in mind that some of the most desirable characteristics companies look for in future employees are creativity and initiative-taking. Why not give them proof right away?

Finally, an aspect of being successful is the selection of the major itself and, more importantly, the pairing or combination of the major with a minor, if you have one. (Possibly, in some cases, a double major.) Computer Science combines very well with almost any field, given that just about every professional in any field depends crucially on computers: artists and engineers, scientists and managers, nurses and marketing professionals alike. Some combinations are, however, especially sought after. Such are combinations of Computer Science with graphic design and art skills, business areas and communication fields, such as creative writing. Having excellent communications skills is an absolute must in today’s workplace, and we have had very successful graduates who had Computer Science and English (of all things) as their major-minor or double major pair.

Again, one of the most important goals during your college years should be landing an internship in a timely manner. Contact any faculty member and any Career Services advisor with any questions or concerns you might have. We are here to help you succeed, but ultimately your success is in your own hands.

Peter T. Breznay, Ph. D.
Chair, Computer Science