Kennesaw State's Information Technology Services hires intern from Brazil

Brazil’s Science without Borders participant gains IT experience in university environment

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Sept. 3, 2013) — Jonathan Bruno Marques Santos of Itabiri, Brazil, spent his summer as an intern in Kennesaw State’s Information Technology Services (ITS) department, as part of Brazil’s Science without Borders program.

The program sends its top Brazilian students in science, technology, engineering and science (STEM) to spend several months at universities and research institutes around the world, taking part in technical or scientific internships or research.  

Kennesaw State’s ITS hired Santos to focus on a specialized web application during his four-month, full-time internship. He is the first ITS intern hired to work specifically on application development.

According to McCree Lake, associate director of Information Technology Services, Santos created a new application and workflow system that will automate the technology purchase approval process for many orders on campus.  

“Besides the work that Santos did for ITS, our staff also benefited from learning what innovative IT companies are doing in other parts of the world,” Lake said. “We can now leverage that knowledge for Kennesaw State.  Thanks to the funding and sponsorship of Lectra Lawhorne, the executive director of IT, and Randy Hinds, our CIO, we are able to stay right in step with the University’s global strategic vision.”

During his summer internship at Kennesaw State and studying at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Santos found that university IT departments also supported the university with web development, and that current university students helped to develop those applications.

Santos plans to take the idea of using internal talent, such as staff and students, for web application development back to Brazil. He believes it has cost Brazilian universities millions of reais (Brazilian currency) to hire outside information technology firms to complete those projects.

“I will take back knowledge and experience that will be highly valuable to Brazil,” he said.  “You open your mind to new things, new cultures.”

Santos will return to Brazil in early September  and finish his degree in computer engineering at the Federal University of Itajuba.

“This has been a great opportunity for me to learn new things,” said Santos, who enjoyed the team collaboration within the department.  “The friendship between our team helped us to get the synergy to improve each day.”

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- Tiffany Capuano