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Spotlight On: Kelsey Sumner and Jantzen Owens, SkillBridge Interns


Dynepic is STOKED to have two new interns join us through the DOD’s SkillBridge Program - Kelsey Sumner and Jantzen Owens! 

If you’re not familiar, SkillBridge helps match highly skilled military service members with training and development opportunities in different industries through internships during their last 180 days of service. The hands-on experience and training in a civilian work environment can be critical to ensuring a positive transition, and Dynepic is proud to already employ several former SkillBridge interns

Read on and see why they’re a #dynepic fit: 

What were you up to before this internship?

Jantzen: I served 21 years in the US Air Force. 

Kelsey: I was a Logistics Readiness Officer for 10 years in the US Air Force. During active duty, I had the opportunity to lead Airmen across a variety of fields, from supply chain/transportation management to vehicle/aircraft maintenance. 

What will you be doing during this internship? 

Jantzen: As a software engineer intern, I help maintain and improve the usability of the DX platform services, mostly through fixing bugs. 

Kelsey: I’ll float between departments to get a better understanding of everything from product management to documentation to customer success. Basically, all things product. 

What excites you about working with Dynepic? 

Kelsey: The people! Everyone here seems genuinely passionate about their role and the company’s success. I’m excited to learn from everyone’s vast experience and see how they collaborate to deliver an awesome product. 

Jantzen: This company has a true passion for improving how training is conducted and tracked. 

What are you working on right now? 

Jantzen: Fixing bugs isn’t glamorous, but it's a necessity for all software. Every bug is a little mystery to solve. 

Kelsey: I’m still new in my role, so right now I’m learning how all the departments work together. It’s really incredible to see how a simple idea flows through the teams to become a reality. 

What interests you about Extended Reality? 

Kelsey: It started when I tried VR archery for the first time (it was awesome). But my interest really expanded past gaming after I started working with aircraft maintenance at a depot. From engineering consultations around the world to supplying material and tools to train employees on complex tasks like fiber optics splicing…XR technology has the potential to save money, while also transforming the way we organize, train, and equip. The possibilities are truly endless.

Jantzen: AR and VR are still in their infancy. There are about 60 years between some of the first computers and what we use today. There’s a lot of opportunity for innovation. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? 

Jantzen: “Make them tell you no and stay outside your comfort zone.” I’ve had many amazing experiences, Dynepic included, because I didn’t say no to myself. 

Kelsey: “The worst they can say is no.” Never be afraid or embarrassed to ask tough questions or try to shift the status quo. If they say “no,” just shake it off and move forward. 

Welcome, Jantzen and Kelsey!