Patricia McGann (Lockheed Martin, King of Prussia, PA)

Last summer, I interned with Lockheed Martin as a College Intern Tech Spec. My task was to create an internal mobile application to be used by all the employees at Lockheed Martin. Over the summer, I worked closely with the project lead on the research, design, and development of the app. As part of the intern experience, I was able to learn about and visit the various sections of the company and hear from employees about their careers and projects. While my classes gave me the background to be successful in my internship, my time at Lockheed Martin gave me a focus for my senior year, real life experience in a workplace, and the desire to learn more.

After graduating, I will be returning to Lockheed Martin as a Software Engineer Associate and continuing to create more mobile applications for them.

Matthew Karliner (Lockheed Martin, King of Prussia, PA)

During the summer of 2014, from May through August I was an intern at Lockheed Martin. I worked out of their Valley Forge Offices more specifically in the IS & GS Division, which stands for Information Systems and Global Solutions. I was put on the JASSM (Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile) Program and worked closely with the other interns and Engineers.

We used C#/.NET and SQL Server as the back end system for our web application we created over the summer. Working at Lockheed Martin was a really good experience. I learned a lot and gained valuable on the job experience. I highly recommend this internship program.

Michael Schiff (Star Group, Philadelphia, PA)

I spent the summer as a web development intern at Star Group in Philadelphia. During that period I gained firsthand experience working in a modern development environment. Web development requires knowledge of a variety of web technologies, and as such, I developed skills in PHP, HTML, CSS, SASS, JavaScript, jQuery, MySQL, and MongoDB. I also gained experience working with content management systems such as WordPress and Drupal.

I learned the importance of version control, and how to work on large-scale team projects. During the course of my internship, I worked on a variety projects. The primary project was a large-scale survey system for use by PepsiCo of South America in Mexico, Brazil, and other countries. This was designed as a web application that could be used online in desktop browsers and offline on android tablets for survey administration. The project brought with it a large number of challenges with regards to data organization and migration. I also worked on a number of WordPress sites, and a website built upon the CodeIgniter framework.

I went into the internship with some web development experience, though I was not proficient, nor did I know modern practices. The team at Star Group was extremely understanding with regards to my skill-set. They assured me that they brought me on because it was apparent that I was driven to learn, and that I could quickly become an asset to their team. In the early weeks the developers took turns breaking off from their tasks to give the interns lessons on modern development practices and tips and tricks for various languages. They would also occasionally assign us minor tasks on which to work, aside from the current development project, to strengthen our abilities. I appreciated these extra steps that the developers took, and I came out of the internship much more capable than when I started.

I highly recommend an internship to any computer science student. It is a perfect way to complement the education that is received in the classroom, and to gain experience developing in a real-world environment.

Banu Kutlu (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

During my summer internship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, I worked as an Application Analyst at the Information Technologies Services department. Some of my responsibilities included understanding the business needs for the Infoporte system and translating those into system requirements, developing and implementing these requirements, performing unit testing on new and modified components, writing and maintaining queries for grabbing data from the campus-wide data warehouse and business intelligence system and finally, documenting in the bug tracking tool.

During this time, I gained experience in working with a custom built PHP framework organized in a Model-View-Controller structure and got familiar with the object oriented design aspects of PHP and JavaScript and also with database connectivity via PHP (ODBC, mysqli, oci8) and Object Relational Model for querying and transactions/CRUD. Various tools that I have used includes NetBeans, GIT – distributed version control system, Mantis – bug tracking tool, Oracle SQL Developer – Oracle Database IDE that allows users to do their database tasks. My job mostly incorporated of implementing and unit testing the Infoporte’s new release requirements for the modules that I was responsible of. In this roll-out, Infoporte system was migrating its source database from the University’s data warehouse to the new PeopleSoft structure. Along with this change, the underlying security for authorization of pages and data has changed as well. I’ve mostly involved on the issues those included migration and security on the HR, Calendar and Inbox modules of Infoporte. Doing an internship had been a great opportunity for me to gain more experience and allowed me to test my technical skills so that I could get more prepared to attain my goal of continuing my career in the computer science field.

Hima Bindu Gowda (Linx/AS)

Within my study Computer science, I am interested in designing front end (UI) for applications. It was a great opportunity for me to do a 3 month internship on front end designing with the company LINX-AS. The internship was concentrated on developing scripts using GuiXT (it is a client-server system developed by Synactive, Inc. it provides user-interface customization to SAP standard screens). In the beginning I had set several goals regarding the improvement of knowledge on different SAP modules, improving communication skills and also learn about the business overview of the company.

During my work period several activities have contributed to achieve a number of goals. I had an opportunity to learn GuiXT from the team, I worked with who have experience in GuiXT and many SAP modules. I participated in training sessions for ABAP which was very informative.

The session included teaching the concepts and also practice sessions from the examples. I also had an opportunity to work on a few ABAP function modules. I had a great experience working in a team. The internship was a useful experience. I have found out what my strengths and weaknesses are; I gained new knowledge and skills and met many new people. I achieved many of my learning goals. At last this internship has given me new insights and motivation to pursue a career in computer science. To prepare myself for my future career I can improve several things. I can work on my Communication skills so that I am able to present and express myself more confidently. I could take more courses related to my field of work and I can practice by taking up interesting projects.

Emily Steele (Madison Square Garden & Radio City Music Hall)

I am currently a senior at SJU dual majoring in Computer Science and Film. This summer I interned at the Madison Square Garden Company and Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Before I was accepted into the program, I interviewed with the Marketing department for web design. I brought with me some sample work from my Computer Graphics course to show my abilities. The woman I interviewed with told me it was too impressive for her department and recommended me to the Chief Technology Office. A few days later I received another call asking me to come back for a second interview. When I returned to MSG, the technology department was also highly impressed with my sample work. A few hours after I left my interview, I received a call that I had received the position. During the summer, I spent much of my time supplying the department with documentation for the Knicks and Rangers apps.

I also taught myself Ruby code and updated and maintained Ruby scripts. In addition to working at MSG, I also had the chance to learn behind the scenes tech work for Radio City Music Hall. I worked on a project involving softwares known as AUTOCAD and 3DSMax. I was extremely lucky to have worked at such a renowned company this summer. The SJU Computer Science department has supported me fully in all my academic decisions during my undergraduate career. I believe that the training and education I received from the department is the reason I was given this opportunity. All my professors pushed me to be the best I could possibly be and I can’t thank them enough for their never-ending support and gratitude during my time here.