Real-world experience in internships and appreticeships in addition to classroom learning can greatly increase a student’s chance of finding gainful employment upon graduation. Internships are also good for the Tampa Bay region in that they encourage students to complete their college degrees and create a sense of belonging to the area, keeping talent local.
Absolute Mobile Solutions
, a Tampa-based mobile app design and development company, is furthering this mission and helping the community with an internship program that supports local nonprofits.
The 10-week, paid program allows interns to experience the entire app design process from start to finish, beginning with the first customer meeting and a needs analysis to understanding the target audience and final solution delivery. The interns work with nonprofits, which receive the services free of charge.
Interns are given guidance and mentoring from internal experts within the company. During each phase of the process, they work directly with staff members who would cover that engagement with a paying client, making sure they participate and actively engage in the experience.
“We let them venture out of the safety of the classroom experience and actually engage,” says Alfred Goldberg, president of Absolute Mobile Solutions. “You have to give the interns the freedom to make some mistakes, but also to have successes and build confidence.”
One example is a recent project that provided a website resdesign for Westchase Foundation
, which gives financial assistance to those in need.
Absolute Mobile Solutions hires interns from a variety of local colleges, including Hillsborough Community College
, International Academy of Design and Technology
, University of South Florida
and The University of Tampa
Writer: Megan Hendricks
Source: Alfred Goldberg, Absolute Mobile Solutions