Texas Tech University

Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) Offers Students Interaction With World-Leading Companies

December 7, 2011

One of the most successful and well respected professional organizations at Texas Tech University, the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), continues to offer students the rare chance to personally interact with some of the world's leading technology and energy companies through a series of specialized industry visits, corporate recruiting events and general information sessions.

AITP, whose mission aims to facilitate learning and networking for students interested in information technology, recently took a trip to Austin to get a unique glimpse inside the inner-workings of a number of technology giants including Dell, HP, IBM and National Instruments. These industry trips are specifically designed to broaden the horizons of students, help them narrow their career paths and strengthen the ties between these organizations and the university.

"This was certainly our most successful trip we've undertaken," noted Trey Osborn, AITP President. "It was really an invaluable experience for all 18 students who participated."

This unique experience included some up close and personal insights into the "command centers" of both IBM and Dell, essentially allowing students to view firsthand how these organizations utilize cutting-edge technology to make innovative strides in product design and to show how they are able to maintain their respective competitive advantages within the industry. In addition to gaining unprecedented access to the campuses of these organizations through personally-guided tours, students were also given the opportunity to interact with current employees and recruiters, many of whom were Texas Tech graduates themselves.

The Q & A sessions at the end of each company visit gave the participants the opportunity to interact with industry managers and leaders regarding career path options, requisite knowledge and skill sets as well as corporate cultures and working environments.

Capping off the successful three-day trip, AITP met with representatives from Apple, IBM and National Instruments. By the end, it was quite clear that the relationship between these organizations and the university had been strengthened considerably, as evidenced by the number of Texas Tech graduates currently employed by the organizations and the comments made by recruiters to AITP officers themselves, many of whom encouraged further partnerships with AITP and Texas Tech through social mixer sessions, webcasts, on-campus events and university development programs.

AITP Faculty Advisor Bond Wetherbe, who accompanied the 18 members on the trip, explained that the trip also served a unique purpose from a faculty perspective.

"One of the things faculty look for on these trips is how well our curriculum is preparing students for work in the real-world," said Wetherbe. "This gives us a chance to interact with employers and find out what skills they look for in prospective interns and employees and thus tailor our curriculum accordingly."

For more information about the Association of Information Technology Professionals and to see a list of upcoming events, interested students can visit www.texastechaitp.org