Summer Internship: Make it Practical

Coming into Summer 2019, I had just finished up my junior year and was about to start working as a technical intern at Isobar. This internship was my first practical software engineering experience, and I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I was a bit nervous, but I went in with an open mind and eagerness to learn as much as I could over the next three months.

On my first day at the Boston office, I was amazed with how welcoming and friendly everyone was — I immediately felt at home. In the first few weeks of my internship, I joined the front-end development team for the Web Redesign project (e-web) and began working on tasks and shipping my first few lines of code into production.

Before this summer, I had no idea what truly went into the product management of software. It took me a few weeks before I became versed in JIRA and terms related to the agile methodology of software production. During daily scrum meetings, I would speak about the status of the tasks I was working on, how things were going, and if I had hit any roadblocks that other people on the team might be able to help me resolve.

As a part of the frontend team, I got to work directly on the user interface of the website. The types of assignments I was tasked with included fixing bugs, translating business logic into the components of the webpages, and stylizing parts of the webpages based on design specifications and mockups. For all tasks, I participated in code review, where the other frontend engineers would review each other’s code before merging it into the codebase. From code review, I learned a lot from the other engineers, such as advanced coding techniques and how to write cleaner code that makes it less susceptible to bugs and easier to understand.

Every week of my internship I was amazed by how much practical software engineering knowledge I garnered that you simply cannot get from taking classes alone. I grew immensely this summer as a software developer and discovered that I want to become a frontend developer after I graduate. I’m excited to carry all the knowledge and skills I’ve gained with me into my future career. I am grateful to have worked with such smart and talented people on the e-web team. I would like to give a huge thank you to my mentors, Chaitanya and Ben, for always being so helpful, positive, and supportive during the entirety of my internship. This summer was challenging, rewarding, a ton of fun, and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.