26 students join forces with Dell

Leander ISD interns learn the ins and outs of Dell's server systems


Twenty-six high school seniors from all over Leander ISD gained the experience of a lifetime to work with Dell on building computer hardware, data this week. This is the most students at one job site than any other in the program.

The students learned the touch points of Dell's servers and how they operate, as well as how to take them apart and put them back together and the function of each individual part.

"I chose Dell because it's one of the major computer companies that is local in Austin and I wanted to get real-world experience before I go into college so I can get a feel for the world of computer science before to dedicate four years to it in college," Vista Ridge senior Michael Munoz said. "It's really been a fantastic experience so far, these first two days, I'm loving it here, the activities we've been doing are just phenomenal."

While a fun and educational time for the kids, the staff is having just as much fun inspiring and teaching them about the world inside our computers.

"I look forward to this every year," training advisor Alan Cates said. "Last year was the first time I did it and I had so much fun I told them I wanted to do it again this year and next year and the year after that. I've been at Dell for 20 years and this is probably one of the most fun things I do. I love watching people learn about this company and I hope I light a fire in somebody and the students leave here this week with a passion for technology."

"While this is an exciting time for the students involved, one Rouse senior is the first to intern with the data security department to help form the program for future COOL Week students for years to come.

"I was actually really excited, I love doing one-on-one with people just because I feel like I get the full experience to ask all the questions," Kristin Jones said. "Since there isn't really anything set in place yet, it enables me to test the waters and help begin the molding process. But I'm really hoping to get more of a taste like what it would be like if I decided to major in this in college."

There are many different career options for these students to explore at this company. The program helps them gain experience and find their calling in the world of computer science.

"What a great opportunity this program is and I think that it helps introduce you to people, like doing mock Dell interviews, what a great experience to be able to go through that," said strategy and planning director Annette Lupo. "Those are all ways I think we can mentor and support students as well as they take that next big step into their future and their career because that is a big step to take."