Work and Travel: A UT Dallas Student's Perspective
MIS students gain interesting work and travel opportunities. In this edition of the newsletter, we profile M.S. in Information Technology and Management major Srinath Sivaramakrishnan. Sivaramakrishnan had a summer internship as a product management intern with Kronos Inc., an employee management company based in Boston, MA. His duties included data collections and analysis, and strategic preparation of product planning, putting the data to good use in linking the engineering part of the process with the marketing initiative sides. He closed the internship with the preparation of a product assessment determining the optimum level of investment in a new product.
When asked to describe a typical day at his internship, he said every day was different and he was never bored, adding, "I performed a multitude of activities ranging from interviewing stakeholders, updating product road maps, collecting product information and attending meetings with other product managers to understand how my product fits in the suite." He described his managers and co-workers as helpful and supportive, giving him good work experience.
Upon entering the workforce, Sivaramakrishnan has learned some useful strategies. "Professionalism and regular follow-up have been key factors for success. Eagerness to learn new things and to innovate have been equally important," he says. This is a balance of applying knowledge, gathering information and maintaining a focused energy level while on the job.
Sivaramakrishnan not only maximized his work experience to its fullest advantages, but he also benefited from the opportunity to travel. During his internship, he had the chance to explore the city of Boston. He enjoyed the natural beauty of the region, too, hiking and going on cruises.
Students interested in pursuing an internship should speak with their academic adviser or a career services representative today.