Engineering Intern

May - August 2020 • Draper, UT

What I liked

The difficulty level of the work I did was perfect. Almost everything I did was new to me -- new languages, new frameworks, new IDES, etc -- but it was always manageable, especially after I got used to the tools I was using. I also really appreciated how hands-off the experience was. Other than daily standup meetings, I was left pretty much to my own devices, which is how I work best. The entire experience was much different than the coding I'd done in school up to that point, which I enjoyed -- in school, there's both a solution and an expected way to achieve that solution, which can make the problem-solving part feel limited. It can also be frustrating and discouraging when you know there's a way you're supposed to be doing things, but you can't figure out what that way is. It was very liberating to be able to solve problems in a way that was entirely up to me, and also a huge confidence booster. That was probably my favorite part.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to get to know my team better -- the internship was entirely remote due to COVID, and although we had daily standup meetings, there was never any opportunity to connect in a casual environment. They all seemed like cool, interesting people, and I would've liked to become friends with them in addition to teammates. I'm sure if the internship had been in-person and unrestricted by the pandemic, I would've had the opportunity to do so.


Coding in the industry is much different from coding in school. That might be obvious to some people, but it was definitely a (pleasant) surprise to me. Also, it's okay to speak up, even when you're at a really low-seniority. There were a few times where I had to point out minor mistakes that my manager had made, and I was always absolutely terrified to do so, but it was never a big deal in the end. Really, having confidence in whatever you're saying is so key, especially when trying to explain your work to someone more senior than you. That's what I took away from my experience
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