The University of Arizona Applied Research Corporation has hit the ground running, onboarding 3 candidates in the past month. One of those Candidates is SSgt Jada Davis.

Jada is an active-duty Airman from Miami, Florida who joined the U.S. Air Force back in 2015 as an Imagery Intelligence Analyst. 

Her career started in Hurlburt Field in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where she served as a full motion video analyst that provided special operations and joint task forces with timely and actionable assessments and products. She rose to the position of Screener, where she was charged with leading the analytical team while being in direct communication with air crew and ground teams. 

Jada will be finishing her Military career at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, where she most recently served as an imagery analyst with a targeting background. 

“My skills as an analyst have given me opportunities to represent the Air Force to Combatant Commands like USSOUTHCOM and teach and assess programs internationally with our partner nations like Colombia. The mission at Davis-Monthan AFB has also given me the opportunity to contribute to Hurricane Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) efforts in the Caribbean.”

Jada was the second Intern for the relatively new UA-ARC SkillBridge Gateway program. The UA-ARC has since reviewed over 20 applicants and selected less than 25% of them to continue past the initial screening. UA-ARC requires their candidates to provide a brief cover letter that outlines their goals post transition, as well as a structured list of accomplishments they will pursue during their four-month internship. This document, along with a resume, ensures that UA-ARC can provide ample opportunities for the transitioning service member, through their network of academic and industry partners. 

Candidates that make it past the initial document review are then put through a series of interviews with their assigned UA-ARC mentor, the UA-ARC President and CEO Austin Yamada, and in certain circumstances they will interview with the prospective department they wish to shadow in. This process results in highly qualified, motivated, and professional Interns acting as ambassadors for UA-ARC across the UArizona campus. 

“After 6 years of service, I am separating from the military in pursuit of my education in social psychology.  The DOD SkillBridge program – by way of UA-ARC – has given me the perfect opportunity to pursue my educational goals. When an opportunity was unavailable to me due to COVID, the UA-ARC team leveraged its connections to reach outside of their traditional partners and landed me another fantastic opportunity within the University of Arizona’s Psychology Department.” 

Jada is the first UA-ARC SkillBridge intern to directly support a department outside of UA-ARC’s footprint.

“I am currently interning under Dr. Alyssa Croft in the Social Roles and Identity Lab, assisting graduate students with the implementation and execution of social psychology studies.  By the end of my program, my goals are to be prepared to apply to graduate school, create a network of professionals in psychology who can provide mentorship, and have a deeper understanding of the start-to-finish process of conducting psychology studies.”

UA-ARC is excited to have Jada on the team and to see where her career takes her following her internship.