Internship Resume

Karl Kidder

3206 North Sturgeon Road

Midland, Michigan 48642


I am interested in pursuing an internship with EA Games. I believe that I would be a positive asset in both the hardware and software departments, but I specifically am hoping to help develop software if it is a possibility.

Computer-Related Experience

-One year of a programming course offered in high school (basic knowledge in C++ and visual basic.)

-An internship course in High School requiring students to fix

Hardware issues around campus including: printers, laptops, desktops,

Ethernet ports (in the walls and on-board), etc. I have worked primarily with Dell

Computers, but I also have experience with troubleshooting my own Gateway Desktop

at home. 

-Two basic computer application classes in two of my High Schools involving

Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, Word, and Photoshop as well. The first of these

two classes also introduced me to web design via the HTML language.



Current Freshman at Michigan State University, expecting to graduate in 2017

Herbert Henry Dow High School (2012-13, received my diploma.)

Kamiakin High School (2009-12)


Interests and Activities

Kamiakin High School Football (2009-11)

Dow High’s DECA Business Competition Club. (Attended the state competition in the  Team Sports and Entertainment category)

Cooperative gaming (adventure, rpg, team- based competitive games)

Internship Opportunity

Here is the internship I have had my eye on lately:


I have chosen the internship opportunity EA Games not only due to its relevance toward the field of computer science, but also for its well-known company name alongside its specific focus on video game design, which happens to be one of my greatest appeals regarding my field. A summer internship with EA would not only give me an idea of what goes on behind the curtains of game developing leviathans, but it would also grant me experience of my own in working with such companies. Working at EA would also bring me closer to my dream of working at Valve, a company that unfortunate offers no internships. Valve hires workers with at least three years of experience in their particular talent, and an internship at EA would bring me closer to that dream job. EA’s atmosphere I imagine would be a little more corporate as well, which can definitely be beneficial to familiarize with regardless of most occupational fields. Even if I don’t get into Valve in the long run, this internship experience would do great things for me no matter where I apply in the gaming industry. Whether I’m working for a lesser known indie developer or EA themselves, this internship would be the foothold I need to get past the initial barrier often stumbled upon in the job market. My high school education with programming would certainly help me attain this internship alongside my interest in the gaming industry and my familiarity with EA’s work as well as that of their competitors. I am absolutely anxious to learn more about the occupational realm of EA Games and what goes on under the hood, so to speak. I may not have extensive knowledge with software development, but that will come with future classes taken in college. I’m certainly looking forward to giving this internship a shot!

Remix Presentation

I finally finished my prezi last night after polishing it up a bit. As expected, there was a moderate amount of research to be done throughout this project. That being said, I myself learned some pretty interesting information such as what year some of these things were founded. I also will have the chance to geek out and talk about things like Reddit and Twitch on Tuesday, so that will be pretty awesome. Here is my finished product:

What I’ll be doing and how I plan to do it (Remix Project)

I decided that I’d be doing a prezi for my remix project. Basically, prezi is what you might consider a more sophisticated version of powerpoint. Rather than get into the nitty gritty details, I’ll just go ahead and post a link to a promotional Prezi made by the Healthier U Ambassador Program here. Rather than follow the branching out style format that’s utilized in that particular Prezi, I’ll be writing about the Computer’s impact on humanity over the last century and proceed to describe what each advancement has allowed us to accomplish with real world examples. Most of my research is already done through my cultural analysis paper, but I trust there will be gaps that only further research will be able to fill in.

Disciplinary Literacy Essay And Remix Proposal

A Summative Analysis On The Field Of Computer Science

Most academic fields will generally utilize a healthy dosage of pathos, logos, and ethos. Computer Science, however, is a unique exception to this. While studying the field, I have come to the conclusion that Computer Science is centered around the rhetorical strategies of logos and ethos, while rarely giving pathos any attention at all. Though this is a science derived purely from human invention, Computer Science thrives through hard facts and logic. Writers of this field aim to elaborate on their material rather than tell a story.

            One example of this is evident when analyzing Professor  Phillip McKinley’s “Harnessing Digital Evolution”.  In this article he explains to his audience how scholars in the field would be able to use biological evolution as a model for making improvements to software. He begins establishing his credibility by citing a former experiment of his involving pieces of code being treated in a way similarly to biological organisms by giving them limited resources and designing them to improve on their own. After giving his audience a very in-depth description of what this program accomplished, Professor McKinley then goes on to describe what this means for the field of Computer Science and how to apply it to designing software moving forward. Though a rhetoric of pathos is utilized in a very minor way towards the beginning, he describes the world of computing as a ”…dawn of evolution…” in order to get his audience interested in the material. This kind of rhetoric is not common throughout the rest of the paper given the nature of this field. Although Professor McKinley’s work consists of a more complex vocabulary that might discourage those unfamiliar with the field, there are writers for this field that sometimes direct their work towards a more general audience.

            Professor Alan Winfield is an example of a writer that creates work a more casual readership can understand. On his October 20th post, Professor Winfield describes a situation in 1985 where he actually got to meet with some of the individuals working on the jet propulsion systems for the Voyager 2. During his recounting of events, Professor Winfield takes care to elaborate on vocabulary terms such as “phosphor” and “CRT” by giving his audience links to Wikipedia pages for each of the two. Taking great care to ensure no one is left in the dust, this level of elaboration is consistent with other posts found within his blog as well. Another post found ten days later cements this fact when Professor Winfield describes what he refers to as “An ethical pandora’s box”. Presenting his audience with the dilemma between building moral robots out of obligation or continuing to build robots without emphasis on morals, this philosophical monologue is followed by a 41 slide power-point presentation rife with images and examples. In order to further simplify this, however, Professor Winfield goes on to describe to his audience what the slide contains in three paragraphs labeled parts one to three. He even bolds the main ideas of each paragraph! Even when appealing to a broader audience, however, pathos remains quite the rarity. While pathos is seldom stumbled upon, scholarly writers in this field aren’t necessarily writing to one extreme or the other. In some cases, the writing may branch out to other scholarly fields.


One great example of this is a paper on sexism within the field of Computer Science written by Professor Tahany Gadalla.  I found this scholarly article to be a happy medium between Professor Winfield’s blogs and Professor McKinley’s scholarly article regarding the audiences they address. Aimed towards those attempting to bring more people into computer science as well as women considering the field, Professor Gadalla focuses less on simplifying her evidence and more on elaborating upon it given the formal nature of her paper. She begins her argument by citing the emphasis on bringing women into the field expressed by businesses and post-secondary institutions beginning in the 1980s. Next, Professor Gadalla explains how female presence has been improving at a lower rate over the last couple decades while male interest in the field has remained steadily growing. Using this evidence she suggests that there may be factors influencing this stunting of growth and leads into this topic with evidence supporting why females are growing less and less interested. In her paper she mentions that some individuals have proposed that computer science’s emphasis on math may be a factor. Professor Gedalla proceeds to refute this theory by citing the 40% enrollment rate of women in mathematics at the bachelor level during the 1990s, which is when this stagnation seemed to begin for women. Once again, logos and ethos remain supreme in the writer’s rhetoric. There is no emotional appeal regarding why this exclusion of women from the field is unfair. Professor Gedalla does not describe her own personal emotions pertaining to whether or not this might frustrate her. She simply enumerates a list of evidence explaining what the problem is, and then proposes solutions to this issue.

The writing of Computer Science may have a dynamic audience as many fields are prone to possessing, but the general idea remains the same. Regardless of who you are adapting your writing for, strong ethos coupled with a vast array of information presenting a rhetoric of logos is essential to the work produced by a Computer Scientist. Pathos may have its time to shine in certain situations, but such writing is often treaded warily by these writers. Without evidence, there is just no paper. Computer Science is a hard science, and this label is flamboyantly displayed by the type of writing such a field calls for. Whether you are writing for a casual audience unfamiliar with such a field, a scholarly audience that may be unfamiliar with the field, or a scholarly audience that regards this field as their life’s passion, the only thing that seems to change is the level of simplification. It is simply fact that logic is the oxygen that gives the writing of computer science its life.




Gadalla, Tahany M. “Are More Women Studying Computer Science?” Resources for Feminist Research 27.1 (1999): 137-42. ProQuest. Web. 10 Nov. 2013.

Winfield, Alan, Prof. “Alan Winfield’s Web Log.” Alan Winfield’s Web Log. N.p., 30 Oct. 2013. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. <;.

McKinley, Philip, Prof., Betty H.C. Chang, Prof., Charles Ofria, Prof., Benjamin Beckmann, Prof., David Knoester, Prof., and Heather Goldsby, Prof. “Harnessing Digital Evolution.” Michigan State University, 2008. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. <;.






November 7, 2013


Name: ——–



  1. Please describe the paper that you want to remix for this assignment and a short explanation (2-3 sentences) that explains your inspiration for this remix:


Since this project involves combining previous work in the course and bringing it into one greater whole, I think it would be a good idea to combine the cultural artifact analysis as well as my summative analysis. Not only would this be an interesting challenge, I also believe there would be a certain synchronization with the two since my field of study is computer science and my cultural artifact is the personal computer.



  1. What rhetorical situation do you have in mind?  Fill in the following:
  • Purpose – To present my cultural analysis of the laptop, and bring it into a presi format appropriate to the field of computer science
  • Stance – will reflect my views on the personal computer’s contribution to society.
  • Audience – those in the computer science field or who enjoy reading an analysis of the computer
  • Genre – Non-fiction                               
  • Design/Media – I’ll be using presi for this



  1. Expand on the medium indicated above. Why are you choosing this medium? Why is it ideal for this particular audience and genre?


I’ll be using presi because it will allow for a more organized format. I think compressing the cultural artifact assignment into a work more centered on logos would be best demonstrated through a powerpoint format such as presi. I’m also not as familiar with presi as I am with powerpoint, so this will be an even greater learning experience for me.



  1. How are you planning to submit your final work? You will blog it, but if you are not creating a digital remix, then there are other some other options (ie. Class performance/display, YouTube podcast, etc.)  How will you get your project into circulation within your discourse community?


I would like to present to the class if possible. The presi could also be made public with a link to my blog at the end.



Your proposal has been




The Computer Science Persuasive Remix: A Literary Twist In The Field

Today I was given the task of finding a remixed article that relates to computer science. What I ended up stumbling upon was a computer science graduate’s personal trials and blessings with the field enumerated in somewhat of a bullet point format. In her Huffington Post article found here, Vinamrata Singal describes what drew her to the field, how it changed her daily life, and what tends to drive people away. While this story relies heavily on anecdotes, however, Singal seems to be every bit as eager towards encouraging others to join the ranks of computer scientists as she is to telling her love story concerning the field.

One of the most alarming differences between Singal’s work and what you’d find in a typical scholarly article is a high amount of pathos and ethos, with a much lower concentration on logos. The prime example of pathos would be her contradicting promises of the prospective computer scientist to feel “like a God” as well as being prone towards harboring regret for choosing the field as a major. I also found logos and ethos to play an equal role when considering the vast plethora of anecdotes she provides in her writing. The entire article is essentially a memoir to some extent. It should be taken into consideration that this is more focused towards an audience unfamiliar with computer science, but these literary differences are significant and should most certainly be taken into consideration when pondering the writing of Computer Science. Singal begins establishing ethos right off the bat by beginning with the narrative of her experiences going into the field.  One of these stories describes a scenario where her Computer Science professor explained to the class that a company known as Valley would be more than capable of hiring her entire university, and even then wouldn’t have enough employees.

While this story may not be significantly canonical with what you’d find in the literary realm of computer science, it certainly fulfills the criteria of being a remix in the sense that Ms. Singal takes her personal experiences and anecdotes, then uses them to develop a structured piece of work to tell a story of those experiences.

Computer Ethics Regarding The NSA

I stumbled upon two articles today when searching for a controversy relating to the field of computer science. Both of these articles were written in 2006, and both of them disagree with one another on the ethics regarding the NSA’s collection of domestic information. While the article against NSA’s methods of surveillance is more related to computer ethics, I should mention that the former director of the NSA, Michael V. Hayden, gives a defense of the NSA’s function in our domestic society pertaining more to political science rather than computer ethics in computer science. Professor Anita Ramasastry is the author of the article titled “The Recent Revelation About the NSA’s Access to Our Phone Records: The Laws that Were Probably Broken, and the Likely Consequences”, which argues against the NSA’s behavior that was disclosed in 2006. In her article, Professor Ramasastry focuses primarily upon the secret compilation of civilian phone records into the NSA’s database. While acknowledging that it is supported by some because of the potential terror- related hazards it might prevent, she still argues that it may conflict with a previous piece of legislation known as the Stored Communications Act. Professor Ramasastry then continues on to describe the possible consequences for the NSA if these have been broken, which essentially allow civilians affected by this to sue according to Ramasastry.

On the other hand, Michael Hayden defends the actions of the NSA in his speech titled “What American Intelligence & Especially The Nsa Have Been Doing To Defend The Nation“. The basic context here is that the information revealing the NSA’s operations has just been leaked, and Mr. Hayden is explaining what the NSA really is and why they’re doing what they’re doing. His most consistent argument he points to is the NSA’s necessity due to events such as the 9/11 attacks. He seems to place an emphasis on pathos- which is common when addressing a public crowd. Mr. Hayden also attempts to appeal to ethos by mentioning executive order 12333, which was implemented in the year 1981 in order to maintain oversight on the NSA according to

Essentially, what you have on Professor Ramasastry’s side is individuals concerned that the NSA may be doing more than they’re allowed to, coupled with a  sense of anxiety toward the ambiguity displayed outwardly from the NSA in this scenario. On the other hand, there are those who believe that the NSA is a necessary force that must be kept secret in order to keep the country safe from domestic attacks as well as maintaining competitive military power with the rest of the world. Some may believe this is veering towards the realm of political science, but I think in this case it’s more of a crossover between the field of Law as well as Computer Science. Since computer technology is involved in carrying out NSA activity, computer ethics come into play here- which, according to google, is defined as “Practical philosophy which deals with how computing professionals should make decisions regarding professional and social conduct”.