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NEWSLETTER | June 2017
Summer Internships
Thank you to our internship partners for selecting STEM Advantage Scholars for paid internships, which help students gain real-world work experience, build confidence, and develop their network. Internships are a win-win as they are also a great source of entry-level talent. As employers increasingly want to see experience in the new college grads they hire, thank you for helping our Scholars launch their careers.  

We'll share more photos and stories over the next few months.   

Joyce, Edith & Steven
Edith, Steven & Joyce
David Buckholtz, Senior Vice President, Corporate Information Technology, at Sony Pictures Entertainment and his team have supported STEM Advantage Scholars since our launch.

Joyce was one of our original twelve scholars, all students at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Joyce earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Technology with a focus on Homeland Security. What began as a paid summer internship turned into a full-time contract position and then a full-time job offer. "I'm ecstatic and more than appreciative of what the STEM Advantage program has done to make this happen. Thank you for all that you do!"

While earning a bachelor's degree in Computer Science at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Edith had a summer internship at Toyota, and then at Sony. Upon graduation, Edith was also offered a position at Sony.  This summer, Steven is one of our Scholars with an internship at Sony. A Computer Science major at Cal State LA, he's working as a business analyst.   

Aliah in Atlanta and Amsterdam

Aliah is earning a bachelor's degree in  Computer Technology with a focus on Homeland Security & Public Administration at Cal State  Dominguez Hills. As a Cyber Security intern at Xploit Security Inc,  Aliah is gaining hands-on experience and has direct involvement in high profile projects within the organization.  Plus, she  has traveled to many exciting locations, including Amsterdam and Atlanta, as part of her internship.  An avid ice hockey fan, the Xploit Security team also took Aliah to an Edmonton Oilers hockey game.    

Aliah is a role model and wants to encourage young women to pursue cyber security careers. In April, Aliah joined Lee Ann to speak at the 2017 ISACA LA Spring Conference on "Inspiring young talent for cyber careers."

Daniel & Cesar
Daniel (left) & Cesar; with the IT Risk and Security team

Both Daniel and Cesar are Computer Technology majors with a focus on Homeland Security at Cal State Dominguez Hills. 

"I would like to thank everyone involved with Stem Advantage. I still cannot believe the opportunity that has been granted to me through the program. This summer I am working as an intern at Avery Dennison. I am working alongside the IT Risk and Security team. I have learned so much in the short time that I have been here, and I am excited and eager to keep learning. Some of the projects that I have been working on include scheduling vulnerability scans across multiple time zones, actually running scans on those machines, and updating software on machines. The team here at Avery Dennison has been so welcoming. They have allowed me to partake in many meetings and go to many different conferences. I have attended an ISACA conference, Splunk live conference, and will go to an OWASP LA Dinner. Since my arrival, I have obtained certifications from two very important vendors within the cyber security field. Not only is Avery Dennison helping me with knowledge in IT, they also are helping me and the other interns to become better public speakers. This is an opportunity of a lifetime, and it is all thanks to Stem Advantage and the wonderful team over at Avery Dennison."   -- Daniel

Carmen, a Computer Science major at Cal State LA, and Ricardo, who just graduated with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Cal State Dominguez Hills, also have summer internships at Avery Dennison. 

If you are looking to hire entry-level STEM talent, please send a note to Lee Ann for a copy of our STEM Advantage Talent Guide.

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