Computer Science Alumna
||Crispin Porter + Bogusky
What she does
Sara works as a developer at an award-winning advertisement agency in Miami, FL.
Interactive advertising is a presently maturing and vastly expanding sector of
the advertising industry. She works collaboratively with creatives, copywriters,
designers, producers; projects include interactive ads, Websites, mobile
applications, kiosk systems, interactive wall / floor displays, and any other
medium we can push to its creative limits. Itís a fast-paced, challenging, fun
and exciting environment, requiring high passion and teamwork.
Computer Science on the Job
Sara uses problem analysis / solving and fast, efficient development skills,
software engineering; research, prototyping; algorithms, various programming
languages and platforms; technical documentation and commenting, UML diagrams
(Really, they can be very useful), human-computer interaction (HCI), error
tracking / logging, alpha / beta testing, user testing, deployment. You name it.
Sara received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and a minor in
Graphic Design from Rhode Island College, then enrolled in a 9-month
International Certificate Program in New Media (ICPNM) from the IMEDIA Academy
in Providence, RI. Starting in her freshman year, she was very involved outside
of the classroom with industrial work, research, and internships; e.g., being a
Webmaster for corporate sites, learning computer graphics R&D, receiving a paid
internship in Germany which included presenting a conference publication in the
Netherlands, doing freelance work, and pursing honors in computer science to
explore cell phone application development.
Advice for Students
Stay up-to-date with the job market and what skill sets are being
sought. This knowledge may spark your interest in areas you hadn't
considered and will help you to focus on and pursue your studies.
Be proactive and excited about what you're doing. Teachers and
professionals want to support you, but they can't help you unless you
seek their help.
Get involved in industry as early as possible by seeking internships,
co-ops, assistantships, or related work. The opportunities are there
waiting. This experience is greatly beneficial post-graduation, as even
entry-level positions require prior experience; and the more contacts
you have, the more opportunities you'll find.
Get involved or familiar with other disciplines of interest.
Work hard, persevere, keep a positive attitude and have fun. Your
efforts will pay off!