The faculty of Computer Sciences at the Technion has an Industrial Projects initiative in which undergraduate students work under the supervision of software professionals. I think this is a great idea, a real win-win situation:
- The students have the opportunity to gain experience working on real projects, under the supervision of industry veterans.
- The companies proposing the projects gain access to talented students to develop prototypes or proofs-of-concept at no cost.
- The CS faculty gains access to many industry professionals each semester that effectively become part of their training ranks, also at no cost.
- The early connection between companies and students may help the students to find a job in the future, as well as help the companies to find good candidates.
In the last semester I had the great pleasure to be the supervisor of a project entitled “Movie Quotes Search Engine”, together with my friend Oren Somekh. We were very lucky to “hire” for this project two brilliant students: Meytal Bialik and Zvi Cahana. The results of their work were very impressive, and above our expectations.
You can check the Movie Quotes Search Engine project to learn more about their work. I hope this serves as inspiration for other students looking for practical experience. It should also serve as motivation for other software companies to cooperate with the Technion in this important initiative.
What do you think about that? I will be happy to have your comments below.