My internship at Patterson Companies as an IT Security Analyst during the summer of 2015 marks the last task of my academic career at the UW-River Falls. As an Information Systems major, I could not have asked for a better internship. This experience has taught me so much about security operations in today's workplace, from assisting with compliance audit projects to proper implementation of a new company-wide anti-virus software. I look forward to applying these skills in my future career.
I sought out an internship because I had heard from current students and alumni about how the experience not only prepares you for the real-world, but more importantly gives you an opportunity to see if the position that you want is really what you would like to do for a career. This internship enabled me to choose the specific area in IT I want to pursue, which is a greater challenge than one might think!
During my internship search, the professionals at the CBE internship office were very helpful by providing details about the internship program, letting me know what to expect and ensuring that I get the most out of this valuable experience. To students seeking a career in any field, IT or other, I can confidently say that the internship experience is second to none in helping students prepare and gain confidence for the real world.
Over the past four years of attending UWRF, I am thankful to have met so many professional staff that were willing to go the extra step to help me succeed. Whether it was in the classroom, after hours or during the summer, UWRF was always supportive of my learning and worked tirelessly to ensure that I have the skills and knowledge to acquire and maintain a prosperous career.