Kilgore College computer science major Jonathan Boyd has been selected for the 2018 Jenzabar Internship Program.
Jenzabar, a leading provider of software and services for higher education, provided KC a grant to pay Boyd a competitive wage for his full-time internship this summer with the college’s Information Technology (IT) department.
Boyd, 33, is a 2003 graduate of Union Grove High School. Ginger Dennis, computer science instructor at KC, nominated him for the internship.
Jenzabar also paid for Boyd to attend the Jenzabar Annual Meeting last month in Nashville, Tenn., where he attended events, product training and sessions with professionals in the field and other interns.
“Above all, I am grateful. When I heard about the opportunity to land a first-year internship (which is pretty rare) from Dr. Dennis, I jumped on it,” Boyd said. “Every professional programmer I know has one main piece of advice for finding that all-important first gig writing code – do an internship, preferably a paid one, and as early as possible.”
Boyd said he feels succeeding in this environment as an intern will help separate him from other candidates with less practical experience.
“There were definitely other students who deserved it as much as myself or more, so I'm grateful to Dr. Dennis and John Colville (director of the college’s IT department),” Boyd said. “Without them, it wouldn't have happened.”
Jenzabar is in its second year of providing paid internships to deserving students. It awarded paid internships this year to 70 students nationwide.
Photo above: Jonathan Boyd