Jarod Blazo, of De Soto, Kansas, decided to put his skills to the test. As a double major in computer science and information systems, this rising junior wanted to balance his academic studies with practical experience. With guidance from Dr. Carolyn Carter, professor and associate dean, Blazo decided to apply for an internship with Siemens in Johnson City.

“Several Milligan students have interned or now work at Siemens,” shared Blazo. “I knew it was a great atmosphere for receiving hands-on training that would directly relate to my studies.”

Blazo applied for a programming internship, however in his interview, Blazo became captivated with the opportunity to test computer programs.

“They offered me an internship in testing their new programming,” said Blazo. “I’m glad their staff took the time to help me find a great fit for my internship. I wasn’t as familiar with this area beforehand, but I have really enjoyed learning these skills.”

At Siemens, Blazo functions as a first customer for new programming, and he explores it extensively. His task is to find any mistakes or glitches.

“I get to be creative,” said Blazo. “My role allows me to explore their programs fully, and this in-depth examination makes me a better programmer as well.”

Blazo appreciates the experiences Milligan exposes him to in the classroom and in the real-world.

“My professors emphasize and help us find practical experiences to strengthen what we are learning in the classroom,” said Blazo. “At Siemens, I am the youngest intern in the office, and I am grateful for the exposure I have received early on as a college student.”