Name: Aloysius Ambe
Internship, Co-op, or Research Site: iHire, LLC
Position Title: Software Development Intern
Major or Program: Computer Science
Current Class Level: Junior
Work Term: Spring 2022
Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities.
"I work on-site for iHire at the Frederick office. The development team at iHire works in a 2 week sprint and we get assigned work every Monday, which is the start of the sprint.
The assigned work includes User Stories, which are new features to be added to the website. After completion, we communicate with the Business Owner of the User Story so it can undergo testing.
When all the work for a sprint is completed before the sprint is over, we begin working on tickets in the ticket queue. A ticket is usually a bug on the website which needs fixing but could simply be an inquiry into why something is not working as expected."
Describe the process of obtaining your position. When did you hear of the position and submit your application?
I found the iHire internship on LinkedIn and decided to apply. I heard back from the company within a week or two. I had 2 interviews. The first was a 40 minute behavioral interview with 2 panelists. And the second was a one hour skills assessment/technical interview.
What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organization?
What I enjoy the most about the position is that the work is very challenging. No two tasks are the same. There's always something new to learn and/or create.
The people at iHire are amazing to work with. Everyone is extremely helpful and kind which makes the overall internship experience an amazing one.
How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?
I worked on a User Story which redesigned a specific page of the website, so I would like to believe I have helped make the User's Experience while browsing the iHire website more pleasant.
I've also worked on business side logic code which has helped other associates make more informed business decisions.
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
Be sure to thank your interviewers for their time at the end of the interview. Call them by their names and highlight your willingness to learn. Dress for success and be at the interview site at least 5 minutes early.
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