IT Student Takes a Byte Out of Internship Opportunity
Daniel Baca, a Computer Science major at Riverside City College, has a keen interest in computers. After learning about the partnership between Network Kinection and RCC to connect career-based community college students with local opportunities, Daniel took the opportunity to utilize Network Kinection's services and was hired for an internship opportunity with Active IT Solutions.
In his own words, Daniel describes his internship experience at Active IT Solutions, projects he's worked on, how his courses have helped him excel in his position, and some advice to fellow students on the benefits of applying for internships within their field of study.
Often times we can be uncertain about how we really feel about the industry we’re looking into, so going into the field can provide a great example of what there is to learn, how to apply it, and really show you if this is something you’re interested in doing.
NK: Tell us a little more about the experience you've had while studying at Riverside City College.
DANIEL: Hi my name is Daniel Baca. I am a student currently enrolled at Riverside City College working on completing my associate degree in Computer Science. My reason for wanting to pursue Computer Science was largely due to the fact that I wanted to learn more about computers, I already spend a great amount of time working on my computer at home so to have a job relating to it sounded nice.
NK: What project(s) did you have at Active IT Solutions?
DANIEL: I am currently doing my IT internship with Active IT Solutions, an IT Service Management Company located here in Riverside. Working there involved doing things such as taking phone calls from clients and creating tickets based on their needs and quality checking computers before being sent to client offices. One of the recent project’s that I tackled was quality checking seventeen computers for a company that had yet to complete their new office space. Over the course of a couple weeks, I would spend time ensuring that all seventeen machines were working, set up, and ready for deployment. The classes I had taken beforehand involving beginner IT topics did come to help me with the project and overall, gave me a baseline understanding of just what the company deals with on a daily basis.
NK: What would you say to other Riverside City College students interested in taking on their first career-related opportunity?
DANIEL: To those at Riverside City College who are interested in internships I do say they are worth trying out. Often times we can be uncertain about how we really feel about the industry we’re looking into, so going into the field can provide a great example of what there is to learn, how to apply it, and really show you if this is something you’re interested in doing. This internship I’ve had with Active IT Solutions so far has been very valuable to how I come to understand the field and has shown me that there is much to look forward to, should I continue in it.