Value of Internships
By Kyle Rainey
Hometown: Columbia, MO
Major: Information Technology
Favorite class: IT 222 – Multimedia Design
Favorite place to study: My apartment or the UMKC Library
Why you chose UMKC: Smaller class sizes
During the fall break of my sophomore year, I applied for an internship at Cerner, a healthcare information technology solutions company located in Kansas City. I was hired for the Kansas City Information Technology (KCIT) Apprenticeship Program before the start of the summer of 2015. This program is designed differently when compared to a normal internship. The KCIT program allowed me to work twenty hours a week during the school year and forty hours a week during the summer. My internship has allowed me the opportunity to put the knowledge I gained as a UMKC student in information technology to work – literally! Although, Cerner has also given me the opportunity to learn on the job. They allowed me to work on real projects and sit in on many meetings, further developing my skills as a professional in the field. Being a UMKC student has allowed me to have this experience and since many big companies come to UMKC looking for students to become interns, the connection was made easy.
After I graduate this fall, I plan to continue working for Cerner on my current team! Being in the KCIT program gives you the ability to continue with what you are doing after you graduate, if you were successful and choose to do so. Working at Cerner has taught me a lot in the last year and I continue to learn more every day. UMKC has prepared me to work full time right after graduation and I look forward to starting my career with Cerner as soon as that degree is in hand.