12-year-old prodigy hopes to land internship with Elon Musk

At Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Georgia, a 12-year-old boy named Caleb Anderson is about to complete his first college degree. His goals go far beyond college degrees, however. Someday, he wants to be an intern for Elon Musk.

Caleb’s mom, Claire, realized at a young age that he was going to be a special child. “When he was about four weeks old, he was mimicking some of the stuff I was saying,” she told Fox 13. After this, Claire received a sign language qualification so that when he was fully-speaking, she could teach young Caleb a new skill.

It didn’t take Caleb long to catch on to this talent because by the time he was six months old, she said, “he could sign words he had seen.”

By the time he was two, he was reading the United States Constitution.

Finally, the private school in the Marietta area that Caleb was attending was not hard enough for him. “It was just work, work, work, work. And, again, I wasn’t learning anything,” he said of his time in school. His parents therefore enrolled him at Chattahoochee Tech, where for over a year he has been taking classes.

He’ll get his first degree within two semesters. He wants to specialize in Aerospace Engineering when he gets to a four-year college.

But it’s clear that Caleb has a talent, and he wants to share it with someone who wants to change the world with an idea. Elon Musk seems to be Caleb’s dream boss, and that is where he hopes his future will take him.

Musk himself was a wunderkind. He developed the software for a video game called Blastar at the age of 12 and sold it for about $500 to PC and Office Technology magazine. He then set his sights on Queen’s University in Canada, and the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania, a prestigious and highly competitive institution.

Musk dropped out just a few days after being admitted to a Ph.D. program at Stanford to seek an opportunity with the Internet boom. Before founding SpaceX and joining Tesla, Musk established Zip2, PayPal, and X.com.

The parallels between the early lives of Caleb and Elon indicate that the young man from Georgia has great potential. Musk has made Tesla the world’s most profitable automotive company, and SpaceX is one of the rare modern-day successful spaceflight companies.

The acknowledgment by Caleb that Musk is the top boss to have in today’s world is a testimony to the diligence and innovativeness of the CEO. Not only has Musk changed the way most people look at vehicles, but he has provided a sense of hope that when goals are lofty, impossible things are possible, and change is needed.

As for Caleb, after leaving Chattahoochee Tech, he will get his Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia Tech. From there, he wants to attend MIT, the number-one university in the world.

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