It’s summer time and you know what that means – Y&L Summer Interns return!!!
This year we are excited to have new interns already onboard and raring to go! It’s always a breath of fresh air to have young people buzzing around the office, asking questions, listening to different types music and thinking that our jokes aren’t funny. We all learn from them as much as they learn from us during this time.
We have tons of projects kicking off so there will be plenty for each of them to do in addition to learning things like programming basics, project management, contracts, salary negotiations, etc. Let the fun begin!
Claudia Collier will be attending UTSA this Fall as a freshman in the Biomedical Engineering Program. While in high school, she maintained a GPA of 4.3. She participated in a Pre-freshman Engineering Program (PREP) for three years and received several academic/athletic awards during her high school career (Leadership Award, Distinguished Student Award, Runner of the Year) and was a state finalist in track and field. She has also received several scholastic scholarships to Abilene Christian University and St. Mary’s University. Some extracurricular activities she enjoys include reading, Krav Maga, Taekwondo, and Kick Boxing.
Claudia’s duties as a Y&L intern include working in the sales department collating RFP responses, proof-reading documents, attending meetings, and learning how to give presentations and participate in consultant interviews. Her time here has provided her with insight to the business world as well as various process and communication skills that will benefit her in her engineering profession and life in general. According to Claudia, her internship has bolstered her self-confidence and her ability to function well in a professional environment.
Vishal Kale is a junior at Texas A&M in College Station majoring in psychology and minoring in computer science. During high school, band was a big part of his life. He won several international marching band competitions, and views this competitive activity as an integral part of making him the person he is today. At A&M, he participates in many student organizations on campus, including the Psych club.
At Y&L, Vishal has had the opportunity to work in Sistema Technologies’ (Y&L’s government branch) Austin office. This has allowed him to experience an alternate focus to Y&L’s traditional business model and identify the similarities alongside the differences. Vishal has come to appreciate the variety of personalities present at Y&L/Sistema and sees the company overall as a very genuine and friendly place to work. To him, it feels like a big family.
Riley Blue joins us from Woodland Hills, California – just outside of Los Angeles. Riley just graduated from El Camino High School and will be attending the University of California San Diego. Her concentration will be Science. During high school she won a Scholastic Science Award and had a 4.3 overall GPA. For extracurricular activities, Riley is an avid Softball player and her high school team won the State Championship this year. Currently she is spending time learning about the various departments within the company (Sales, Recruiting, Operations, Contracts, Marketing, etc.) and is assisting our Contract Administrator with various tasks
Elias Uriegas is currently attending UTSA with a major in Economics and an minor in Computer Science and just completed his Junior year. He is currently involved in a Unifier project assessment for the City of San Antonio (COSA). Elias is assisting our Unifier Subject Matter Expert by taking meeting notes during client engagements and creating IT and Business process flowcharts. His classroom-based Java programming courses are coming into play in an active, hands-on learning of the Oracle Unifier software product which is based in Java. Elias has a strong appreciation for music (composing his own songs, singing, as well as playing the piano, guitar and saxophone) and is a HUGE Spurs fan.
Brandon Streeter joins us from Williamstown, WV for his summer internship with Y&L. As a recent high school graduate, Brandon will be attending Hocking College in the Fall. At Hocking he will be getting his Associates Degree in Music Management with a focus on music recording. From there he plans on attending Middle Tennessee State University for their Electronic Media Communication concentration to finish out his major. Brandon is an avid photographer and, during the winter, he can be found skiing on challenging black diamond slopes. Brandon is very musically inclined and can play the piano, guitar, trumpet and timpani and writes/records his own music. Brandon will be spending time this summer learning the business end of Y&L from an Operations, Sales and Marketing perspective.