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WTAMU Student Gets Internship at Major IT Services Firm

May 9, 2017

CONTACT:    Chris Allen, 806-433-5489, cwallen1@buffs.wtamu.edu

COPY BY:     Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Student Gets Internship at Major IT Services Firm

 

CANYON, Texas—A trip to West Texas A&M University’s annual Career EXPO landed one student an amazing summer internship opportunity that fits well with his double major and his goal to work in the area of software development.

Chris Allen, a senior computer science and mathematics major from Amarillo, will spend his summer in Belton as an intern with CGI. Belton is located in central Texas, north of Austin between Temple and Killeen, and CGI, founded in Chris Allen1976, is one of the city’s largest private employers. It is a leading IT and business process services firm, providing IT systems development, maintenance and integration services to U.S., federal, state and local governments and commercial businesses. Allen will join the team in early June and will work on client product software through the middle of August.

Representatives from CGI spoke to Allen at WTAMU’s Career EXPO about internship opportunities. That visit turned into a phone interview, followed by a trip to Belton for an interview with members of the CGI team. Allen knew about the company beforehand and is excited about the opportunity to work on solutions and projects. This marks his first internship.

“They flew me down for an all-day interview,” he said. “It was interesting and fun. I’m excited about the on-the-job experience and the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom.”

The internship is a good match for Allen’s choice of a double major. He said he has always enjoyed math and admits to being pretty good at it. Math, combined with computer science, just made sense to Allen and adds to his marketability in the job market.  

“The University supports internships because they provide an opportunity for students to apply concepts learned in the classroom—student understanding really increases when they see concepts applied,” Steve Sellars, coordinator with WTAMU Career Services, said. “Internships also help students clarify a career path, make valuable professional connections and hopefully earn money to pay for their education along the way.”

Allen is a member of the WTAMU chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and serves as a math tutor.

—WTAMU—


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John Evanoff
on 5.11.2017

Outstanding job and good for you Chris! You've got a great future ahead of you ..... you are making us very proud. Uncle JOHN



Savannah Payne
on 5.9.2017

Awesome job Chris. You are one of the smartest people I know. Anyone will be lucky to have you on their team. You are patient, calm, and determined to find a solution to any problem. Go Buff!