Jacobs Talent Initiative


Jacobs Talent Initiative

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 and engineering community and have graciously donated to a three-year grant that will allow Tech San Diego’s newly renamed Jacobs Talent Initiative 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 Jacobs Talent Initiative is primarily funded by a grant from Irwin and Joan Jacobs.
“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.

Initiatives Include:

University Relationships

Partnership with SDSU Career Services
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.

Tech SD Campus Events

Collaboration with UCSD Women’s Center
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.

STEM Student Clubs

Supporting Student Groups on Campus
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 networking through our tech community connections.

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