How To [Spring] Break Into The Tech Industry

UVA students visited Instagram as part of their spring break tour of technology companies in Silicon Valley. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Wright)

Twenty-five University of Virginia students spent their spring breaks visiting alumni and employees at some of the world’s most influential technology companies.

McIntire School of Commerce associate professor Ryan Wright took 12 students to San Francisco to visit 15 companies, including tech giants like Google, Pixar, IBM, Facebook, Instagram and Accenture, as well as startups like Airbnb, Hotel Tonight and Expensify.

“I wanted to expose students to different ways of thinking about their careers in technology companies and technology startups,” Wright said. “We saw a lot of startups that UVA alumni are involved with in the Bay Area, and even one – Virta Health – that officially launched the day after our visit.”

Meanwhile, in London and Dublin, associate commerce professor Nicole Montgomery took 13 students to the international offices of some of the same companies, as part of the Commerce School’s Global Commerce Immersion program. Read More...