When our CEO, Bob Maginn, created the Jenzabar Internship Program, he expected to receive only a handful of applications. You can imagine his surprise when we received over 270! Three months later, we continue to be blown away by the impact and reach of this program.
Ryan Couch is one of the many outstanding Jenzabar Interns. A retired Marine Corps Corporal, Couch served for four years, during which he deployed to Afghanistan twice. In 2014, after leaving the service, he enrolled at La Roche College to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. However, after taking an elective in computer science, he discovered he loved programming.
“The biggest thing for me is knowing how everything works,” explained Couch in a recent conversation. “One day I’ll be sitting at my desk, writing code, and the next I’ll be working with the clients and end-users. I love this aspect because it’s really something a software developer needs to understand—when I’m writing my code, I can’t just be thinking about what I want it to do, I need to be thinking about what end-users want it to do.”
Hearing about the Jenzabar Internship Program through a professor, Couch decided to apply. After reading his application, which articulately reflected both his passion and knack for computer science, we knew that Couch would make an outstanding Jenzabar Intern.
Three months later, he has outshined even our greatest expectations. With the grant, Couch undertook a mammoth project, building a program that would enable students to access their transcripts within minutes. While he is still working on a way to completely automate this process, he has been able to successfully setup a process where transcripts can be transmitted to the National Student Clearinghouse electronically. The project was, on the whole, a huge success.
Couch is but one of many exceptional Jenzabar Interns making a difference at their institutions. Addressing long-standing needs with innovative solutions, the Jenzabar Interns are making an impact in both their communities and their world—they’re making higher education amazing.