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Meet Xander Lockard

Meet Xander Lockard. The computer science senior is gaining practical experience in the field this summer as a software engineering intern at Modus Operandi in Melbourne, Florida. Passionate about solving real-world problems, he intends to pursue a career in software engineering utilizing the hands-on skills he’s learning from his classes.

“At Modus Operandi, I specialize primarily in back-end Java and AI development. Florida Tech helped me get this internship by putting me in contact with local companies. I attended a career fair and met Modus Operandi. Over the following months, I reached out and kept in touch, and eventually, I received an interview and an offer. In addition to Career Services, I cannot give enough thanks to the wonderful professors here for preparing me for this internship. Florida Tech is unique in the way it offers many classes that closely align with the day-to-day operations of real software engineering. Florida Tech creates many opportunities available to you, which would be harder to come by at a larger school—the amount of opportunities available here is amazing. In my program in particular, many professors are looking to hire students to get involved with research opportunities. In addition, a lot of professors here have worked for local companies or currently work as consultants and can help you get your foot in the door. My advice to students looking to get an internship is to leverage Florida Tech’s connections with local companies and get involved in student organizations, research or anything you can think of to make your résumé stand out.” Congratulations, Xander! (Article provided by Florida Institute of Technology)