The 402nd Software Engineering Group has partnered with Houston and Bibb County High Schools for a new internship program with the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., As part of Project Synergy.
Project Synergy, a collaborative effort between the Middle Georgia community and the base, was created by WR-ALC and 402nd SWEG to meet the growing software needs within the Air Force.
Augustin Dantes Jr., 402nd SWEG Technical Advisor, said the internship at Project Synergy focuses on STEM education with an emphasis on electrical engineering and computer science.
âThis is the inaugural year for high school students,â he said. âDuring the summer, the interns spent about half of their day in technology development activities. The rest of the day was devoted to hands-on activities and exploring relevant content for the professional development of trainees.
Dantes said that each student must complete a series of tasks to be considered for the engineering internship program.
âWe give the schools the criteria and they have contacted their students,â he said. âSo Houston and Bibb County went to their managers to find the best and the brightest in the technology path available to them. “
Each student received a quick response code to register for the program and submit their application.
âIn the application, each student had to show their transcripts, cumulative grade point average and a resume,â Dantes said. âIn addition, the students had to have a recommendation from their teacher. “
Once that process was completed, all applications were sent for review, DantÃ¨s said.
âWe assessed the applications and interviewed the top-rated applicants,â he said. âThe winners of these interviews were selected for the internship program. “
JaNyia Young, a recent Macon Central High School graduate and SWEG intern, said Bibb County schools sent her a flyer for the internship.
âI was told there was a possibility that I wouldn’t get the internship because I didn’t have dual enrollment or had advanced placement courses,â she said. âI didn’t want to be put off by someone’s words because I met all the other requirements; so I kept pushing and got the internship.
Young said the internship prepared her for the future.
âI feel like this program has given me a good start to my career,â she said. “It prepares me for my career after college and it prepares me for college as well.”
Alex Willis, a graduate of Perry High School and a SWEG intern, said the program gave him insight into how the real world works while also keeping him a little bit safe.
âWhat I personally take away are life skills and resilience skills, like learning how to write a resume or learning how to manage your time to study,â he said. “I think we get a lot more experience in the real world.”
âThis internship helped me a lot,â she says. âI see the people who run the program as mentors and role models because they have helped us lead and motivated us to do better and be better. “