Scott Billman (InfoMC / Conshohocken, PA)

InfoMC is a small, healthcare software company of roughly 30 people. InfoMC offers software that simplifies patient information: the software helps automate payment transactions, transfer patient data from hospital to hospital or doctor to doctor, and safely stores patient information with an emphasis on patients with behavioral health issues and chronic conditions. I was hired as a Technology Intern, along with two other students from St. Joseph?s University. I found this position while attending SJU?s Career Fair, which was held in February, 2017. My internship gave me the opportunity to learn numerous skills, as well as understand how software companies function.

I wrote code in C# and SQL, performed quality assurance testing on the different product platforms, automated the quality assurance testing using C# code and Microsoft Visual Studio, and worked in an Agile scrum environment,. Overall, working as a Technology Intern at InfoMC provided me hands on experience in the field and taught me the importance of security in healthcare software. My advise to students who are searching for an internship is to go to the career fairs hosted by St. Joseph?s every year. These job fairs open the opportunity to network. I met many potential employers when I attended the Career Fair. My other piece of advice is to show that you are passionate about the position. When I was applying for my current position, I often checked with Human Resources to get updates and let them know I was highly interested. There are many other ways to find positions, such as attending hackathons or joining programming groups. I have recently joined the Philadelphia SQL Servers Users Group.

Nick Boyd (Temple REU Program / Philadelphia, PA)

I worked over the summer with Dr. Chang and Dr. Wu Jie (Temple) as I researched the topic ?Crowdsourcing? and developed a musical framework that implements popular Crowdsourcing techniques change with active listeners. Working on campus, I lived in Temple University?s dorms for the entire program. During this eight week period, wwe worked with a mentor and PhD Research Assistant who guided us through the process of what it is like to conduct research, develop a project, and write a research paper.

The program was organized into four phases. Phase One focused on project background. During this phase, I was given dozens of scholarly articles, papers, and a book about my topic. I gave several presentations to my mentor based on what I had been learning from each of them. Phase Two was based around project solution design and implementation. During this time, after extensive research on our project, we began to formulate a project that would look to solve a particular problem. My project looked at the music industry, specifically, how we listen and consume music. During this phase, we familiarized ourselves with all necessary programming environments, tools, and resources that we would require to build the project. Phase Three was based around experimentation and evaluation and, during this time, we tested our projects and ran various experiments to begin to support a claim we may have or discover something about our topic. I began to write my research paper during the second half of this phase after getting a decent amount of data. Phase Four focused on project wrap-up, where we had to make any last minute changes to our projects or papers and put together a small presentation for the faculty and other REU students describing what we had been doing over the course of the eight week program. In the end, I was able to write a comprehensive research paper that will be presented in Orlando, Florida at IEE MASS2017 Conference on mobile systems. I found this research program through Dr. Wei Chang and applied halfway through the spring semester. Overall, this program was an amazing opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge about conducting research.

Tingjun Cui (Kim Yeung Ling, P.C. CPA / Philadelphia, PA)

The company for which I worked needed a database to store pertinent information in their database to ensure better user authorization. I used C# language to perform the following functions: 1) Store clients? basic information, such as the company?s name, business address, mailing address, and phone. 2) Store general payroll information. 3) Store federal payroll information. 4) Store payroll information, such as account number, login ID password. 5) Store local payroll related information. 6) Store PA employment and other related information. The designed package allows payroll representatives to enter information for clients, store information in the database and all the data will be raw data for further reports.

Zijian Zhang (NYIS, Inc. / Leonia, NJ)

I was employed as a Full Stack Web Developer Intern at NYIS, Inc. from May, 2017 to August, 2017. I reported directly to the IT Director and collaborated with the Project Manager and UI Designer to develop a high quality mobile app in Wechat. I participated in the software development lifecycle from planning, requirement elicitation, UI designing, implementation, and testing. I designed and created backend RESTful APIs in LEMP stacks and a user-friendly frontend app in JavaScript, CSS, and XML. I worked with JSON, Git, and integrated core features like MySQL and Memcached for database and cache storage.

Ting Hu (Brown’s Super Stores / Westville, NJ)

I took my internship at Brown?s Super Stores, which operates a subsidiary of Wakefern Food Corporation. My internship was to work with the Director of Finance and Information technology to design and develop a new finance reporting application to enable management to make more informed and timely decisions.

Patrick Quirk (Delaware Valley Community Health / Philadelphia, PA)

Delaware Valley Community Health (DVCH) is a non-profit, federally qualified health center. It has five main sites located in the Philadelphia area that give care to any patient, regardless of their ability to pay for the visit. During the summer of 2017, I worked in the IS/IT department to research and develop a secure way to implement a mobile EHR supplied by NextGen Healthcare. This software will better the work/home life of clinical workers at DVCH as they seek to be able to access EHR information from devices other than a laptop or workstation. I had to consider the usefulness of the NextGen application in DVCH?s existing network of software and hardware, while being mindful of security concerns that come with transmitting protected health information. I found that a mobile device management tool created by Citrix, called XenMobile, would be best for implementing this software. Due to budget and workflow constraints, DVCH is unable to buy phones for every provider that wants to use the mobile EHR. A mobile device manager allows for workplace applications to be separated from personal information on the device. Security policies can be enforced so that sensitive information, like patient data, is not at risk while being accessed on a vulnerable device such as a smartphone or tablet. In the fall of 2017, as I continue to work at DVCH, I will be present for the final configuration and implementation of this mobile application as it is installed on the network and pushed out to users.

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.

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.