Tuesday, October 24, 2017

our MIS alums at NASA looking to hire interns from SJSU!

Two of our MIS graduates from 2010, Adam Nudelman and Eric Eisenbarth, got great jobs at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, where they continue to pay it forward by trying to hire SJSU students whenever they can. They always email me to let me know when they're hiring so I can spread the word here. And now is one of those times - with 4 internships open to fill!

Over the years, quite a number of our students have gotten these and many have gone on to permanent jobs there. In fact, they tell me that 60% of the staff there are MIS/SJSU grads. Amazing!

And what better way to use your skills & knowledge than helping our best & brightest scientists do the important work of saving our planet & exploring our universe? It's a noble pursuit and I always encourage our students to apply, especially with the advantage of having these guys trying to help the next generations of SJSU MIS students get their start. Kudos to them.

Check out the info they sent below and email Adam directly at Adam.J.Nudelman@nasa.gov if you feel like you're qualified and interested. This is an astronomical opportunity, literally! (Note that you do have to be a US Citizen. That's a strict rule imposed by the agency.)

Here are the details:

4 x NASA Advanced Supercomputing Intern:
This position would include working to support the NASA Supercomputer on every level (Facilities, hardware, software, user support, scripting, etc.).

Hours: (Undetermined but Flexible)
  3 X 3rd shift: 10:00 PM to 06:30 AM
  1 X 2nd shift: 2:00 PM to 10:30 PM

40 hours a week including weekends (24/7/365 facility).

- US-Citizen
- Interested in working with computers and with NASA.
- Student (Preferably in their last or second to last semester)

Preferred Skills:
- Some experience with Unix/Linux.
- Some experience using command line.
- Previous experience in customer service
- Previous experience working with a group.

Starting Pay: $20 per hour

Friday, October 13, 2017

this tech sales internship could be great for the right MIS student

I learned way back I was no good at sales. Lugging a heavy back of fruitcakes around the neighborhood for our 2nd-grade fundraiser. My heart wasn't in it, partly because I hated fruitcake. But we had to eat what we didn't sell which was almost all of them in my case. Can't stand to look at one to this day.

HOWEVER, if you're the right personality type for sales and you're an MIS student, you're in the sweet spot for being highly successful–you know the technology and you know business, so you can talk to leads (potential customers) and make the case for buying. Perfect.

If that's you, here's a great internship opportunity at SumoLogic. It's an impressive company in the data analytics marketspace. They sell technology to do analytics on machine data for cybersecurity, etc and they have a lot of big-name customer companies. And Salesforce is among the technologies you would be using so if you have done the Salesforce labs already, then you have a headstart on getting some traction with them for this position:


Here's the company website:


Check it out. Better than selling fruitcakes, for sure.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

great SJSU event (National CyberSec Awareness Month)

This is National CyberSecurity Awareness Month. Were you "aware" of that? You should be, especially if you're an MIS student. Come on!

So, SJSU plans various events for this and there's a good one coming up next week you should go to. Sasha Hellberg knows this stuff inside & out. She's the Manager of Threat Research at Trend Micro, for Pete's sake. And she's a great speaker.

She's coming to SJSU to talk about attacks, best practices, and opportunities for careers, both technical AND NON-TECHNICAL (Yes, those exist. Totally.)

Oh, and it's free AND there will be "light refreshments." So, no excuses.

Put in on your calendar: Thursday, 10/12, 11:30-12:30pm in ENG 285/7.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

hot opportunity for MIS seniors tomorrow with Accenture

I've just been informed by the SJSU Career Center that there are still some available slots on the wait-list for the Accenture's Info Session tomorrow.  (Accenture is a $32B company - a terrific career opportunity for MIS students.)

They have a role for Technology Analyst which is a consultant role PERFECT for MIS students who love working with people and problem-solving.

The position is open to MIS students but you must be a senior and have unrestricted working rights in the US.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/accentures-recruitment-info-session-tickets-37973830750

Check it out!

Friday, September 29, 2017

very cool opp to hear from art/tech cultural designer

Here's a special opportunity for those like me interested in the latest ways technology can bridge with art to affect society & our culture. The Thompson Art Gallery here on campus runs a series of free talks every Tuesday night and the curator & interim director, Aaron Wilder, reached out to let me know because he though MIS students would be interested in this one. (Hopefully he was right.)

The event web page says: "Barry Threw is an independent technologist, designer, and cultural producer exploring ways the engagement of art and technology can promote transdisciplinary understanding and catalyze culture."

The talk is coming up next Tuesday, Oct 3, 5:00pm-6:00pm, in Art 133. Here's the event website:


and here's the guy's website where you can check out his very cool projects:

Don't be a nerd–check it out! See you there.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Possible immediate great web development opp for good cause!

Not sure if this is still open but if you're interested in web development and have the skills (see below), then get in touch with Jamie Chen (jamiec@sacredheartcs.org) at Sacred Heart right away. They had an intern from SJSU helping them but he had to drop out due to a personal issue and they are left trying to find someone finsih their project. 

This would be a great opportunity to get some experience and help a good cause in the local community. I'm not sure if it's paid. I think so but even if not, it would be rewarding in other ways.

The student who had to leave had nothing but great things to say about the place and the job (and boss) and described what skills are needed. See all this below and then, if you have the right stuff, go for it!
"The position is in web development. Candidates should be expected to have experience in web design, working knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript, SQL, and strong familiarity/proficiency with Wordpress. As I understand, bilingual (English/Spanish), experience in non-profit work, and/or commitment to La Mesa Verde's mission are all pluses.  
La Mesa Verde is an incredible organization that does inspiring work and was wonderful to work with. Jamie Chen is a visionary and a fantastic leader to work for."

Thursday, July 6, 2017

HOT! - Registration wide open for F17 MIS Big Data Elective

Don't miss this opportunity to learn the hottest subject in MIS today – Big Data/Data Science. 

We hired Dr. Jensen a few years ago specifically to bring his Big Data expertise to our program and 118S is the course number we're currently using for the new elective he created for us a year or two ago. It's been a big success but many students miss it because the offical title in the system is just "Special Topics". That's because we use 118S for lots of different new electives. But this Fall, the "Special Topic" is Big Data and you would be crazy to skip it. There are tons of open seats. Check out the description below and get it on your schedule ASAP before both secitons fill up!

F17 118S - Big Data

This Fall's 118S course all about Big Data & Data Science, currently the hottest field for MIS. 118S counts as an MIS elective & registration is wide open with seats available in both sections:

Tuesday/Thursday 12:00 – 1:15  (Section 01)
Tuesday/Thursday 1:30 – 2:45  (Section 02)

Description - 

Big Data/Data Science is super-hot in the job market today. The School of Information Systems & Technology (the MIS department) is offering 118s – Big Data, a course that continues to evolve and includes working hands-on with current Big Data tools. 118S students in the Spring 17 semester as well as prior semesters have found that being able to discuss the Big Data tools they learned in class & show their team’s project has helped them during interviews for both internships and future jobs!

In this course you’ll use a real-world social media dataset provided by Yelp as part of their Dataset Challenge. Yelp updates it every semester and it currently includes 4.1 million reviews for 11 cities plus the data on the businesses being reviewed & the data on the users reviewing them. You’ll be using a cloud-based implementation of Apache Spark as well as OpenRefine from Google for data wrangling and Tableau to visualize your results. You’ll use these tools to ask questions of the Yelp dataset and other datasets to answer questions about Yelp’s users, their reviewing patterns, and the businesses they review. You’ll learn how to frame a data question and then wrangle, query, and visualize the data to answer your team’s question.

Increasingly, data science is a team sport in many businesses, and wrangling the data is 80% of the effort. Additional skills companies are looking for include being able to visualize and communicate results to management, business knowledge, and an insatiable curiosity about data. 

If you are curious about how you can use Big Data to answer business questions, take 118S Big Data this fall as an intro to this exciting career path. For more info, contact Professor Scott Jensen at scott.jensen@sjsu.edu