The Advancing San Diego (ASD) Internship Program, launched in Spring 2020aims to provide up to 100 fully subsidized internships at
San Diego-based companies. This program supports companies with 100 employees or less,
which comprise 98 percent of all businesses in San Diego, employ nearly two-thirds
of San Diegans, and account for 70 percent of job growth. A vital issue for these
companies has been a lack of time and resources to recruit the skilled talent necessary
to continue their growth.
This article highlights the experience of San Diego Mesa College student Emma Plum
who applied her skills and education at Traits AI, a San Diego-based software company
that creates animated artificial intelligence (AI) avatars.
How did your San Diego Mesa College courses or instructors prepare you to succeed
in your internship?
My studies at Mesa enhanced my time management, organization, and teamwork skills.
These skills are ones you learn over multiple semesters of work. I took on a full
load of classes, so I had to quickly learn how to balance my schoolwork and my work
with my classmates.
How did your work environment compare to what you were used to at school?
I find the school and work environments somewhat similar. My classes taught me to
work hard and learn quickly – something that I have found is invaluable in the real-world
work environment. My work environment was slightly different than normal since it
was my first remote internship. Getting used to the quick transfer to online school
helped in adjusting to online work.
What are your current career goals, and how did your experience at San Diego Mesa
College help you prepare to meet them?
Mesa has been a vital stepping stone to reach my goal of working in the film industry.
My scholarship allowed me to take my general education classes and film prerequisites,
and the internship opportunity has opened many doors to my future.
What was your favorite thing about your San Diego Mesa College experience?
There’s much more freedom in what classes you can take and what paths you can go down
rather than a chosen set of courses with the same people. It’s a much more interesting
community to be a part of, and people from all walks of life are there to learn.
What advice did you learn during college and your internship?
Keep knocking at doors even if you think they’re closed. You never know where you’ll
get your foot in the door, so keep chasing after jobs, internships, connections, and
keep your options open. One of the reasons I was able to secure remote internships
during COVID lockdowns through networking, actively applying, and jumping at opportunities.
For more information about Emma’s internship experience, visit the San Diego Regional EDC blog.
Tags: Traits AI, Advancing San Diego Internship Program, Film, Emma Plum, Artificial Intelligence