Dynamix Corp., an SBA HUBZone and Small Disadvantaged Business that specializes in providing information technology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and relocation services to federal government entities, announced the successful completion of its annual summer Educational Outreach Internship Program. For the past 12 years, Dynamix has conducted the program to teach high school and college students marketable skills in high-tech disciplines and introduce them to the business world.
In the 2004 program, six students participated and worked onsite at the Dynamix facility in Maryland. Their work is thoroughly reviewed and incorporated into Dynamix projects. This year their tasks ranged from reviewing GPS coordinates on satellite imagery and plotting points on 90-degree angles. In previous years they have been engaged in various projects in the computer, hardware, software and IT environment.
"The interns manage daily tasks, which allows us to focus on the bigger picture of business," says Marcus Price, Dynamix President. "It's a good opportunity for students to delve into the work and find out if they want to pursue careers in the technical field. It also helps them learn discipline."
The Dynamix Educational Outreach Internship Program is open to students in high school and in the first or second years of college. Students are selected for the paid internship program based on a screening process that resembles a corporate job interview. Prospective interns are questioned about their work ethic, computer and organizational skills, and interest in learning.
For Keith Davis, a sophomore at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa., the experience is providing valuable information about the business world in general and the geospatial technology industry in particular. "I've learned how aerial and satellite photos are used to solve real world problems, and I'm learning about how people are successful in starting their own businesses."
The Dynamix Educational Outreach Internship Program now operates only in the summer, but Price is working on forming a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of America to expand the program to a year-round initiative.
Source: Dynamix, Sept. 29, 2004