Name: Isha Shah
Internship, Co-op, or Research Site: Technuf, LLC
Position Title: Software Engineer and Data Science Intern
Major or Program: Information Systems
Current Class Level: Master’s Student
Work Term: Fall 2023
Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities.
"During my internship at Technuf, LLC as a Software Engineer and Data Science Intern, I had the opportunity to work on various tasks and responsibilities that contributed to the company's mission critical business needs. Technuf is a Maryland-based company known for its expertise in providing leading-edge technologies and highly skilled professionals.
On a day-to-day basis, I was actively involved in data analysis tasks, which included gathering, cleaning, and analyzing large datasets to extract meaningful insights. This required me to utilize my knowledge of data science techniques and programming languages such as Python. I worked closely with the team to identify patterns, trends, and correlations in the data, enabling the organization to make informed decisions based on the findings.
Another important aspect of my role was software testing. I was responsible for ensuring the quality and reliability of the software developed by the team. This involved creating test plans, executing test cases, and identifying and reporting any bugs or issues that arose during the testing process. By performing thorough testing, I contributed to the overall improvement of the software's functionality and user experience. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to work on Android and Flutter development projects. I collaborated with experienced developers to build mobile & web-based applications using these technologies. I gained hands-on experience developing user-friendly interfaces, implementing backend functionality, and conducting thorough testing to ensure a smooth and responsive user experience. This exposure to mobile app development broadened my skill set and provided me with a deeper understanding of the software development lifecycle.
In addition to data analysis and software testing, I also had the opportunity to generate weekly reports. These reports provided valuable insights and progress updates to the management team, enabling them to assess the performance of various projects and make informed decisions. I gained valuable experience in data visualization tools such as Power BI, which helped me effectively present the analyzed data in a visually appealing and concise manner.
Throughout my internship, I maintained regular communication with my supervisor and team members. This allowed me to collaborate effectively, seek guidance when needed, and contribute to the team's overall success. I also utilized this opportunity to enhance my technical skills by taking part in various training sessions and workshops provided by the company. This helped me stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and expand my knowledge in software engineering and data science.
Overall, my internship experience at Technuf, LLC as a Software Engineer and Data Science Intern was incredibly enriching. It allowed me to apply my theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting, develop practical skills, and contribute to the company's mission-critical business needs. I am grateful for the opportunities I received and the skills I acquired during my time at Technuf. I am confident that these experiences have prepared me well for a successful career in software engineering and data science."
Describe the process of obtaining your position. When did you hear of the position and submit your application?
"The process of securing my position as a Software Engineer and Data Science Intern at Technuf, LLC involved several steps and interactions. It all began when I became aware of the opportunity through a valuable alumni connection who holds the positions of Adjunct Professor and President at Technuf LLC.
During our conversation, I further discussed my passion for the field and highlighted my abilities and skills relevant to the position. The alumni, impressed with my enthusiasm and qualifications, offered to review my resume and consider me for the internship opportunity. This initial interaction allowed me to establish a connection and showcase my dedication to joining Technuf.
After reviewing my resume, the company proceeded to schedule an interview with a team of software managers and developers. The interview provided an opportunity for me to demonstrate my technical knowledge, problem-solving skills, and fit for the position. I prepared thoroughly for the interview by researching the company, familiarizing myself with their projects, and reviewing relevant technical concepts.
Overall, the process of obtaining my position at Technuf, LLC involved reaching out to an alumni connection, expressing my interest, and engaging in a thorough interview process. This approach allowed me to establish a meaningful connection, present my qualifications, and ultimately secure the opportunity to contribute to the company as a Software Engineer and Data Science Intern."
Which of the following resources did you use to find your current experience?
Alumni Networking, Faculty Connections, LinkedIn or Other Social Media
What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organization?
"One of the aspects I have enjoyed the most about my position at Technuf, LLC is the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technologies and industry-leading professionals. The company's commitment to providing innovative solutions and its emphasis on staying at the forefront of technological advancements has created an exciting and dynamic work environment.
Being part of a team that constantly strives to push boundaries and deliver top-notch solutions has been both inspiring and fulfilling. I have had the privilege of collaborating with skilled and motivated professionals who have been instrumental in my personal and professional growth. Their expertise and guidance have allowed me to enhance my technical skills and broaden my knowledge in software engineering and data science.
The organization encourages employees to stay updated with the latest industry trends through training sessions, workshops, and knowledge-sharing initiatives. This commitment to ongoing growth has provided me with invaluable opportunities to expand my skill set and stay ahead in a rapidly evolving field.
Lastly, the supportive and collaborative work environment at Technuf, LLC has made my experience enjoyable. The culture of teamwork, open communication, and mutual respect has fostered a sense of belonging and camaraderie. I have had the privilege of working alongside talented individuals who are not only passionate about their work but also genuinely supportive and helpful.
Overall, the combination of working with cutting-edge technologies, collaborating with skilled professionals, the focus on continuous learning, and the meaningful projects have made my position at Technuf, LLC truly enjoyable and rewarding."
How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?
"I believe I have made a significant impact through my work at Technuf, LLC. As a Software Engineer and Data Science Intern, I actively contributed to the company's mission-critical business needs by delivering good quality work and adding value to projects. Through my data analysis tasks, I unearthed valuable insights and trends that helped drive informed decision-making for the organization. By effectively utilizing programming languages like Python as well as SQL and Postgres SQL for database manipulation, I streamlined data processes and enhanced efficiency.
In addition, I have worked on research and analysis for a project to identify and target potential clients. This involved conducting in-depth research, analyzing market trends and data, and presenting findings to the team.
Moreover, my contributions as a software tester ensured the delivery of reliable and robust software solutions to clients. By understanding test plans, executing test cases, and identifying and reporting bugs, I with the other QA's played a crucial role in improving the functionality and user experience of the software developed by the team.
Furthermore, my efforts in generating weekly reports using data visualization tools such as Power BI provided the management team with concise and visually appealing insights. These reports aided in monitoring project progress, evaluating performance, and making data-driven decisions. Overall, by actively participating in various aspects of software engineering and data science, I made a tangible impact on the organization's success and its ability to meet the needs of its clients."
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
"My advice would be to approach your internship with a proactive mindset and a genuine enthusiasm for learning. Embrace the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills by actively seeking out new challenges and taking initiative in your day-to-day tasks.
Rather than letting fears or doubts hold you back, use them as fuel to drive your growth. Recognize that it's natural to have some uncertainty, especially if you're still developing your skills. However, don't let that deter you from stepping out of your comfort zone and taking advantage of the valuable opportunities that lie ahead.
To make the most of your internship, actively engage with your colleagues and supervisors. Be curious and don't hesitate to ask questions or seek guidance. By observing how experienced professionals work and seeking feedback on your own performance, you can accelerate your learning and gain valuable insights into the industry.
Remember that internships are not just about the work itself, but also about building connections and expanding your professional network. Take the initiative to connect with others, attend networking events, and seize any chance to learn from those around you.
Approach each day with a proactive mindset, actively seeking out new tasks and responsibilities. By demonstrating your eagerness to learn and contribute, you'll make a lasting impression and create valuable opportunities for yourself. Embrace the experience wholeheartedly, be proactive in your learning, and make the most of every moment."
Please provide a short reflection or quote about what you liked most about your position / earning internship credit / working with the Career Center.
"I appreciated the opportunity to gain practical experience and earn internship while also receiving guidance and support from experienced professionals. The Career Center team helped me refine my career goals, develop my resume and cover letter. I also enjoyed attending the various workshops, events, and networking opportunities organized by the Center, which allowed me to learn from industry experts, connect with alumni and employers, and expand my knowledge and skills. Overall, I am grateful for the valuable resources and mentorship provided by the Career Center, which have helped me grow both personally and professionally."
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