Jacobs Talent Initiative

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Tech San Diego has partnered with San Diego’s universities to improve the local talent pipeline, including talent access to internships, research and collaborations, while building tools to help local companies find qualified workers.
Irwin and Joan Jacobs are active supporters of the San Diego tech community and have graciously donated a three-year grant allowing Tech San Diego’s newly renamed Jacobs Talent Initiative (JTI) to assist 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 San Diego’s local universities is to increase the number of students who select the region as their career destination. The JTI is primarily funded by a grant from Irwin and Joan Jacobs. Other Contributors include the City of San Diego, who issued their grant through the economic development office.
“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
Bridging academia and industry through community-building, professional development and work-based experiences for student talent are key components of the Jacobs Talent Initiative.  Providing these opportunities for university tech talent to learn directly from industry experts, gain essential workplace skills, and access a built-in professional network is fundamental for their career readiness.  We are proud to establish these meaningful approaches to successfully transition university tech talent into our San Diego workforce.” 
– Christy Quiogue, Tech San Diego’s University Talent Director

Initiatives Include:

Tech San Diego will continue to develop an on-campus presence through the Jacobs Talent Initiative, where we spend time on the local college campuses of San Diego to collaborate with students, faculty, university administrators, career advisors and program coordinators. Tech San Diego members also provide curriculum guidance for technology-related disciplines through initiatives such as the Coffee with the Chair series.
The Jacobs Talent Initiative partners with CSUSM, SDSU, UCSD, USD and PLNU on numerous campus events to highlight the regional tech community. Our goal is to engage students directly with industry professionals and increase their awareness and interest of applying to employment opportunities, such as student internships and early career full-time positions, offered in our San Diego innovation companies.
Through the Jacobs Talent Initiative, Tech San Diego works closely with student groups on campus such as the Data Science Student Society, Women in Computing, Eta Kappa Nu (Engineering Honors), and the Computer Science & Engineering Society to name a few. The purpose is to support each student organizations’ professional development programs and facilitate industry engagement and networking.
Tech San Diego is uniquely positioned on the local campuses, such as in the career centers, women’s centers, cultural centers and College of Engineering, through the University Talent Director, Christy Quiogue.  With unique, immediate and consistent interactions with student talent in career advising sessions, student organization activities and campus event participation – top tech talent is identified for our local career opportunities.

~~Snapshots of JTI Initiatives in Action~~

Engaging with Top Tech Talent at the Universities!

SDSU Career Fair “Practice Your Pitch”
UCSD Women’s Center STEMntorship Network
CSUSM Engineering Summer Bridge Tech Talk
UCSD Data Science Day “AMA Roundtables”
SDSU STEM Virtual H2O (Hour of Opportunity) Career Advising

Tech San Diego is Here to Help You With Your Talent Needs!

If you are interested in participating in the Jacobs Talent Initiative and using our services to help recruit talent, please contact University Talent Director, Christy Quiogue at christy.quiogue@techsd.org