Elefterios Lazaridis (QVC, West Chester, PA)

During the summer of 2016, I was given the opportunity to become the Enterprise Portfolio Management (EPM) Intern at QVC’s headquarters. It was an eleven-week internship and I had to make sure that I met the expectations of both the EPM organization and QVC’s internship program competition. During the internship, I demonstrated competencies in leadership, building relationships, communication, and producing quality results on schedule that met stakeholders’ requirements. My primary goal was to build a website for QVC’s Enterprise Portfolio Planning & Prioritization Process. This process provides QVC’s employees with a way to submit their project idea to QVC’s leadership and ask for their approval to start their project. They could say “yes”, “no”, or “maybe later”. Through Share Point, I created a workflow to make it easy for anyone at QVC to submit a request to start a project.

I used traditional project management process (PMP) and systems development lifecycle (SDLC) methodology to deliver an interim solution (to be used by all of QVC) that met stakeholder requirements by the August 12, 2016 deadline. In addition, I recommended a solution for the future, which is based on analysis of two tools (Coupa vs. Appian) that QVC purchased some time ago. During the life of the interim solution project, I seamlessly played multiple project roles: Project Manager, Business Analyst, Technical Lead, Developer & Tester, Documenter, and Trainer. I educated myself in utilization of the tools used to build the solution via: (1) SharePoint Site administration training; (2) myQVC intranet configuration tool training; (3) self-education of SharePoint Designer tool & SharePoint 2007; and (4) capitalizing on prior html, CSS, Javascript, and Visio knowledge.

Edith Castro (Blue Golf, Wayne, PA)

During the summer of 2015, I was a member of the Blue Golf Software Development team. At Blue Golf, I acted in the capacity of software developer, business analyst, and software tester. Along with my vast work experiences, I brought formal knowledge in software development and database management to BlueGolf. I was able to leverage existing strengths and gain experience, particularly in software development. I obtained practical skills in both structured and object oriented programing languages.

In my testing role, which involved finding bugs in java programs, I also proposed recommendations for enhancing the functionality of those programs, as well as the design of the application interface. As time progressed, I became a reliable member of the software development team and the opportunities to become more hands-on in developing in Java increased. One of the areas in which I excelled is business process analysis. I gathered requirements from the staff and developed solutions to meet those requirements. Working at BlueGolf as an intern has been an enriching experience. Some of the lessons I have learned include: navigating various areas in a software development company, brainstorming and implementing solutions to programing issues with colleagues.

Sonia Parikh, Starship Health Technologies, LLC, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Starship Health Technologies, LLC, is a research and development based company. Starship works on combining the universe of scientific technological and engineering methods to find solutions for overcoming the key challenges to improve accountability, coordination, communication, and mobility in health care. Starship works in the following areas: social/behavioral science research, supportive technology development, advanced learning technologies, and human-centered design and development.

During the summer of 2016, I worked in the field of mobile application development. I was responsible for creating iOS and android applications from scratch for the Diabetes Networking Tool (DNT). I used react native framework by Facebook for development of mobile applications. During my work, I utilized react concepts like JSX (JavaScript Syntax Extension), components, state and props. I coordinated with the medical research remote team at Johns Hopkins University. I got the chance to work on requirement analysis, planning, technical analysis, design, code, debug, and test mobile applications. I collaborated with a graphic designer on creating an innovative wireframe design solution.

Elham Jaffar (Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia)

I preformed my internship in the Saudi Aramco company in Saudi Arabia. My internship allowed me to work as an application developer full time for eight weeks in the Geospatial Information Technology Unit. During the eight weeks, I developed two different types of applications for use in an integrated system. First, I developed a GPS Navigation Map Online Request which is a web application that allows Aramco employees to request GPS Navigation Map Products online and get what they need as fast as possible. Second, I developed a GPS Navigation Map Tracking System, a Windows-based application, for the Data Management Group in GSD to execute customer requests in order and avoid customer complaints regarding waiting. In addition to these applications, I built one database for two systems to retrieve and track information requests from the web application by using the Windows application.

Ather Sharif (Azavea, Philadelphia, PA)

As part of the Fall 2015 semester, I did an internship at Azavea, which is a local tech firm in Philadelphia focusing on Geographic Information Systems (GIS. During the course of my internship, I worked on testing Azavea’s products for accessibility, namely OpenTreeMap and Stormwater Tools. I was responsible for formally expressing my findings in a report and then implement the changes in the actual application using the GIT repository. I also learned mapping skills and developed a campus map for accessibility for SJU. Towards the end of my internship, I started my research on making maps accessible for screen reader users.

All in all, it was a great learning experience for me. I got to do things that I’m passionate about as well as learn new skills and explore new fields.

Lixia Zhao (SAP, Newtown Square, PA)

This was my first working experience in a corporate environment. During my three-month internship, I worked on a variety of projects. Almost all the projects were relevant to the SAP star product, SAP HANA platform, which is a memory data management platform. It is the fastest growing database in the relational database management systems (RDBMS) market.

The majority of my assignments involved creating documentation to present the packaged HANA solutions as well as implementing related SQL Scripts. The purpose of the documentations was to perform time and cost estimation, to outline the features and tools of the solutions, as well as to illustrate the graphic landscape of these solutions. These documentations will be shown to SAP potential customers. By the end of my internship, I completed 11 packaged solutions and customized four among the 11 solutions based on the requested from potential customers. These solutions cover wide range of aspects of HANA platform, such as HANA architecture, HANA data provisions, backup and security solution, solutions of fixing bugs in HANA, HANASQL Script, integration HANA with other SAP products, for instance ERP, its front-end tools, such as SAPUI5 or Fiori, SAP data analytical tools, or other outside products, such as oracle database. Other projects included monitoring North America HANA Enterprise Cloud(HEC) dashboard and creating weekly report, providing file synchronization solution for an internal wiki webpage, etc.

Jimson Mathew (Harmelin Media, Bala Cynwyd, PA)

During the summer of 2015, I interned at Harmelin Media, a media planning and buying company. I worked in the field of Data Science and helped analyze the relationship between weather and media attributes. In order to do the same, I applied statistical concepts such as t-test, covariance, and regression squared. These operations were carried out in R and Python. I was working with data that was considerable in magnitude. Due to this, I was cognizant of efficiency with every operation I executed on the dataset.

Having an internship allowed me to gain first-hand experience of the field of Big Data. Prior to the internship, my knowledge of the same was acquired primarily through newspaper articles and blog posts. It also allowed me to reflect about what field of Computer Science I would like to work in in the future. I would strongly recommend students to engage in summer internships.

Fatmah Alafari (Drexel Library, SJU, Philadelphia, PA)

In the summer of 2015, I interned as a web development in Francis A. Drexel Library at Saint Josephs’s University specifically, My main responsibility was to develop and maintain some of the library webpages. Thus, I worked on various projects and learned how to use different techniques and tools to approach web-based projects.

The first project I worked on involved designing two responsive SVG web banners for the Library Catalog and iLL webpages. We used Adobe Illustrator software to generate the SVG image, which is the perfect image format to avoid resolution and pixilation problems. In addition, I learned a bout Bootstrap tool, and designed two responsive webpages in which I used the bootstrap’s Scroll Spy plugin for the technical webpages and Bootstrap’s responsive Tab forcomputer classroom webpages. In addition, I used some of CSS3 properties to customize the style of the two designs. Also, I worked on AngularJS for the first time in which I created an Instant Search for the journals webpage. In this project, I had a chance to learn about AngularJS filters, directives and many other main concepts. Thus, I was able to write my customized search filter. Moreover, I used JSON for data exchange in that webpage in which I needed to convert old data from HTML to JSON. Another project that I worked on involved developing the library Staff webpage, in which I used jQuery UI library, JavaScript and CSS3 to design an interactive accordion menu contains the staff images and information. In this project, I wrote my own accordion function since my script file will has less size than the built in accordion script file. Also, I experienced working on backend development application in which I uploaded the new design of Staff webpage on university server using Cascade CMS. Lastly, I learned how to use WordPress which is probably the easiest and most powerful website CMS tool today.

Krzysztof Kurzyna (Arris Group Inc., Philadelphia, PA)

My Internship was at Arris Group Inc. ARRIS Group Inc., which is a telecommunications equipment manufacturing company that provides cable operators with high-speed data, video and telephony systems for homes and businesses. My involvement was in the data and video service integration part of the business. The Main part of my internship revolved around performing integration between multiple software systems.

Integration is the function of two pieces of software communicating with one another either using third party translation software or a direct driver integrated in the software. The software we integrated with was the ARRIS Converged Edge Router (E6000) and the skyline Dataminer. The E6000 is a converged Edge Router. It is physical hardware which enables the conversion between RF (Radio Frequency) and IP. This main hardware allows home/business users to connect to the internet through an ISP such as Comcast or Verizon. The main task of my internship was to interact with the two groups and our customer to create the specific requirements which needed to be integrated between E6000 and DataMiner. I communicated with both groups to create rules, SNMP OID monitors, trap lists, GUI layouts for the DataMiner Agent (DMA). This was the main part I helped to contribute in the entire phase of the project.

Elaine Zhang (Drexel Library, Saint Joseph’s University, PA)

Elaine worked as a web developer using Adobe Illustrator to create maps of the library and converting them to the SVG format. Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics with support for interactivity and animation.

Elaine also used other web technologies such as JavaScript, jQuery, JSON, and HTML5 to create interactive maps for the library. The web app designed by Elaine helps library users find information about library resources such as availability and location of study rooms, book call numbers, installed software packages on various computers across the library, etc.