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Beyond the Idaho spud

Last Updated 18 June, 2015

Despite the stereotype of being a potato haven, Idaho offers so much more for young students. Not only can you find a killer baked potato in the Boise Valley, but you’ll also discover a prime launchpad for your career. During the summer before his sophomore year, NNU engineering graduate JJ McNeil landed an internship with Micron Technology—a Boise-based global leader in the semiconductor industry. Once the summer internship ended, Micron offered JJ a position and worked with him as he balanced his education and career.

JJ credits his time at NNU as preparing him for this opportunity, “It’s definitely a blessing. I believe I was well prepared, mostly because with my professors I have immediate access to them whenever I have a question.” He continues, “The amount of work we do as engineering students at NNU is quite substantial, so going from constantly working, to a field that is constantly working, the transition was fairly easy.”

For NNU students, internships and job offers like the ones that JJ had are abundant, especially in the technology industry. During a recent visit to Idaho, President Barack Obama commented on the rapid growth of the Treasure Valley by stating that, “Boise is one of our top cities for tech startups.” When the President was asked “What’s it like in Boise?” his response was, “the cutting-edge of innovation.”

JJ’s story is just one example of how NNU students and alumni are tapping into local growth and innovation in the Boise Valley. Located only 20 minutes from the capital city’s downtown, NNU is the perfect location for students wishing to take advantage of academic and career-building opportunities.

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