Tucked away on a wooded 26-acre campus on the northside of Alpharetta in Forsyth County, Scientific Games’ global Lottery headquarters provides lottery games, technologies and services to more than 150 lotteries around the globe, including the Georgia Lottery. Right here in the GA-400 tech corridor lives the company that launched the world’s first secure lottery instant game in 1974, the first digital lottery instant game in the U.S. in 2014, and the fastest growing lottery systems provider in the nation.
To develop the next generation of innovators, Scientific Games partnered with the Technical College System of Georgia / WorkSource Georgia Mountains program to offer college interns valuable on-the-job experience in some of the state’s most in-demand fields. The interns imbedded with the gaming entertainment company’s Engineering, Product Development, Auditing, Retail Solutions, Marketing, Interactive Services, Creative Services, Security & Compliance departments to gain valuable real-world experience as an extension of their college studies.
“WorkSource Georgia Mountains was excited to partner with Scientific Games as they launched their first internship program with us,” shared Niki McPherson, WorkSource Georgia Mountains On-the-Job Training Coordinator. “Being able to work with a business within our 13-county area provided us with an excellent opportunity to assist in building the next generation’s skills through on-the-job training.”
The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is to provide funding for education and training to individuals creating a quality workforce for Georgia businesses while reducing the training costs for employers.
“We had a great experience hosting a diverse group of extremely talented and hardworking students and new grads this summer,” said Eric Ewald, VP of Human Resources at Scientific Games. “Their eagerness to learn and contribute was impressive, and we know they will go on to accomplish great things in their careers.”
“The WorkSource Georgia Mountains initiative is an extremely valuable way for students to gain the necessary hands-on experience they need to quickly contribute in their post-graduation jobs. We were proud to be a part of the 2019 internship program.”
A graduate of South Forsyth High School and now a sophomore at Georgia Tech majoring in Computer Science, Revanth Tiruveedhi spent the summer interning with the Scientific Games Lottery Product Development team through the WorkSource Georgia Mountains program.
“As an intern, I looked for innovative ways to introduce Artificial Intelligence into some of the projects happening right now at Scientific Games. I had the opportunity to work on projects related to finding patterns within customer data using Machine Learning that regular software or human input would not necessarily be able to identify,” shared Tiruveedhi.
“The entire internship has been quite a learning experience. I have been better able to understand the depth of the subject that I will be studying for the next few years. Computer Science is such a large field and the ‘real world’ experience I had at Scientific Games taught me that programming is not just writing endless lines of code, it is a tool used to build and innovate a product or service.”
“Businesses need innovative ways to build tools that are relevant to serving the purpose of their company. After working on advancing legacy solutions at Scientific Games, I am determined to have a career that brings new technologies like Artificial Intelligence to fix new problems and improve existing solutions,” he added.
An Alpharetta High School graduate who recently earned a Marketing degree from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, Kelly Hogan interned in the Lottery group’s Marketing & Insights department at Scientific Games.
She shared, “Though it was challenging to learn and understand a new industry, my team at Scientific Games provided endless support, took interest in my growth, gave me hands-on experiences, and included me in meetings with leadership. From my internship experience, I have been able to expand my overall knowledge of marketing, and add to my skills in analytics, market research, creativity and writing.”
Support of WorkSource Georgia Mountains is part of the commitment Scientific Games has made to invest in young and emerging innovators in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) education. The company recently announced it was continuing its support of the K-12 GEORGIA FIRST Robotics program.
Scientific Games was also nominated for the 2019 Georgia Manufacturers of the Year by Governor Kemp, the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.