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Albertsons Library student employee gains real-world skills

Ryeland Ellison, computer science major, '25
Ryeland Ellison, computer science major, ’25

Ryeland Ellison graduated from Meridian Medical High School in 2021 and enrolled at Boise State to study computer science and joined Albertsons Library to work part-time in access services’ computer lab.

Some of the benefits that drew him include flexible hours, being part of a collaborative, creative environment that supports connections across campus and encouragement of peer-to-peer learning. Student employees learn critical communication skills, both in customer service and with technology. Work-study students are also eligible for a scholarship through the library.

With the development of these skills, Ellison was able to join Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories for a paid internship as a software engineer. The computer science major was pleased to learn that the company hires about 70% of their interns after graduation. Though only a sophomore, he’s already looking forward to working full-time.

“I want to make some decent money in order to chase my passion and start my own company developing my own software,” he said.