Marquette High students Anna Culver and Anuraag Pujari served as interns this summer at Keystone Technologies, where they worked in information technology/programming and computer science. They worked under the direction of the company’s data conversion architect, Chip Caraway.
“We think it helps us as well as the students,” said Caraway. “If we can show them how things work in the field it does help them decide where they want to go in the future and what education they should pursue.”
The students are part of the Rockwood Partners in Education (PIE) program known as Project Interface. It’s a unique and valuable opportunity for qualified Rockwood seniors to get experience in a specific career area.
Culver said, “I appreciate the atmosphere at Keystone. I would describe it as very modern and casual, which made it a comfortable environment.”
“My favorite experience there was getting to meet new people, like the CEO, and learning new programming languages,” Pujari said.
The students’ internship focused on programming and computer science. They also worked on many smaller projects such as building a web application to do data analyses.
Rockwood PIE Coordinator Emanuel Young emphasized the importance of working in a future-focused workplace. Young said, “Project Interface has the potential to expose students to traditional as well as non-traditional work environments.”
“It’s good to partner with Rockwood,” said Caraway. “Those students often come back and connect with us in the future and it’s good to have that relationship.”
--by Raina Kabra, Rockwood Communications student intern