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University Talent Initiative

Tech San Diego has partnered with UC San Diego to improve the local talent pipeline, including talent access to internships, research and collaborations, while building tools to help local companies find qualified workers.

“Talent is the number one barrier to growth for the region’s small and mid-size companies, which are at a disadvantage when it comes to sourcing university talent. For far too long, the best and brightest local university graduates have led an exodus from San Diego every spring to other tech clusters, including Silicon Valley, Seattle, New York and Austin. We need to engage these students with the local tech community; our regional tech cluster is among the most vibrant in the world, so there are plenty of opportunities here for graduates.” – Kevin Carroll, Tech San Diego’s Executive Director.

The University Talent Initiative allows local small-to-mid-sized tech companies to recruit, attract, and retain world-class talent. The goal of this partnership between Tech San Diego and UC San Diego is to increase the number of students who select the region as their career destination. The University Talent Initiative is primarily funded by a grant from the Legler Benbough Foundation.

Initiatives include:

  • Tools for companies to use to source talent, internships from universities, including templates, best practices and guidelines will be coming on line to directly assist companies source university talent.
  • Developing relationships with key faculty at UC San Diego
    Tech San Diego will continue to develop an on-campus presence, with possible engagement in research projects. Tech San Diego members will also provide curriculum guidance for technology related disciplines.
  • UC San Diego Data Science Student Club (DS3) – Tech San Diego Partnership
    Tech San Diego will partner with DS3 to host on-campus events, which will be led by our Data Science and Analytics Roundtable. Data science/analytics companies will give campus presentations on how companies utilize data science/analytics. Events are held bi-monthly.
  • Tech San Diego Campus Events
    Tech San Diego has partnered with UC San Diego on a series of on-campus events , which will include a mix of compelling and career helpful activities that highlight the regional tech economy. Our goal is to engage students directly in a multitude of activities and to increase awareness of the regional tech community. Tech San Diego has also implemented a new student event initiative to allow UC San Diego students to attend select Tech San Diego events.

For more information on the University Talent Initiative, contact  our University Talent Director Nicole Wells,  nicole.wells@techsd.org