In Computer Science, what matters more: Experience or the school that you went to?
I'm a high school student and I don't think I can get into a good school for computer science (3.4 GPA / bad ACT scores / lots of honors and AP courses though, and a tough college prep school). Anyways, I'm certain I'd be able to get at the very least a few internships, including one this summer since I took AP Computer Science and am going into more detail on Java this year. Anyways, my point-blank question is:
Which is more important when employers look at computer science applications? That I went to a great school, or that I went to an acceptable school and have had internships since I was in high school?
Re: In Computer Science, what matters more: Experience or the school that you went to
Good schools carry weight, but not unless you get into MIT, Harvard, Stanford, or another ivy-league it won't matter much. Internships show hands-on experience and dedication to the profession and thus will help you get the job compared to someone who went to a good college but no internships.
For me, my internship experience helped me get my first full-time job before finishing college.
Hope this helps.