Senior given high honor
Published: Monday, February 27, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 01:02
Alexander Velázquez, a senior at UConn studying computer science & engineering and, German studies and minoring in mathematics, was awarded the Department of Career Services first Intern of the Year Award.
Velázquez received this award for his internship with High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart in Stuttgart Germany from March to July 2011.
"Alex was chosen for the 2011 Intern of the Year Award due to his dedication to the organization, academic excellence and his leadership on and off campus," said Tracy Anderson, media and marketing specialist for the Department of Career Services, in an e-mail.
Velázquez is a part of UConn's EUROTECH Program, which is a duel degree program where students earn a bachelor of sciences in engineering and a bachelor of arts in German studies. This program is important because employers like engineers who can interact with other cultures and oftentimes engineers need to communicate in languages other than English, according to EUROTECH's website.
He was nominated by Dr. Friedemann Weidauer, associate professor of German, co-director of EUROTECH and faculty director of the EUROTECH learning community.
"Alexander submitted an 11 page report on his internship in German that demonstrates both his mastery of the foreign language as well as the expertise in his field of engineering," said Weidauer in a Department of Career Services press release.
"While the internship was performed within an academic stetting, the outcomes of Alexander's work were directly implemented by a prestigious company, Porsche of Germany," he added.
UConn's Intern of the Year Award was based off the Cooperative Education and Internship Association's program. This professional association offers a national award every year to student in the United States or Canada, according to a Department of Career Services press release.
Applications for students interning in fall 2011, spring 2012 or summer 2012 will be accepted in October 2012 for UConn's 2012 Intern of the Year.