Internships and co-ops gave Rachel McAnallen a broad and diverse background which helped create and expand her personal network. More
When a team of four students won third place in NTID’s The Next Big Idea innovation competition in spring 2013, they felt they had created something special. The team, known as MotionSavvy, had developed an application that would enable a tablet or other device to translate sign language into audible words and sentences, allowing deaf and hearing people to communicate much more easily and quickly.
Last summer the students, Ryan Hait-Campbell, a new media design major from Seattle; Alex Opalka, a computer engineering major from Glastonbury, Connecticut; Wade Kellard, a mechanical engineering technology major from Cincinnati, Ohio; and Jorden Stemper, an industrial design major from Waukesha, Wisconsin, were accepted into RIT’s Summer Start-Up course for new businesses at RIT’s Saunders College of Business and the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The team is now in San Francisco working with Leap Motion, Inc. a company that manufactures and markets a computer hardware sensor device that supports hand and finger motions as input, like a mouse, but requiring no hand contact or touching. Leap Motion’s LEAP AXLR8R provides the technical support the MotionSavvy team needs to further their work on technology that will benefit deaf and hearing people. Quickly making the leap from college students to business people, the team now has created a tablet app and is seeking investors and grants for more research and development. More
Calvin Young expects to graduate in May with his bachelor’s degree in new media marketing. But unlike many new college graduates, he’s already working full time even before he’s donned his cap and gown.
His door to employment opened three years ago during one of his co-ops with ZVRS, a video relay company based in Clearwater, Fla.Continue reading
Three students from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf say their days of oversleeping may soon be a thing of the past after winning this year’s “Next Big Idea” competition to better the lives of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. More
About 250 companies are registered to participate in the RIT Spring Career Fair 11 am – 4 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Employers will be looking for entry level and experienced employees as well as co-ops and interns. Read more here >>
Co-ops provide the real world experience that helps students make decisions about the future. Skip Flanagan’s co-op at Powercore Athletics gave him a better idea of what working in his field of choice will be like. Read more here >>
RIT/NTID students and graduates are seeking and finding employment all over the country. Alumni Robin Alummoottil from Richardson, Texas is now in Kentucky, working for Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America. He says “I really believe that my Packaging Science degree from RIT/NTID and the co-op program helped me to find my job with one of the greatest companies in the world.” Read more here >>
Students rely on the NTID Center on Employment (NCE) to connect with potential employers and talk about the benefits of hiring RIT/NTID student for co-ops and permanent jobs. Last fall, employment specialists from NCE hosted an on-campus presentation by the Central Intelligence Agency The presenter was a CIA employee who also is an RIT/NTID alumna. In December, representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs were invited to visit NCE staff to build relationships and encourage hiring. If you have employers or know of organizations that NCE representatives could contact, or ideas about building relationships with potential employers, anywhere in the country, please contact me by phone 585-475-6726 (voice), 585-286-4622 (videophone) or by email email@example.com.