SUMMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 8 SPONSORED BY .TECH DOMAINS - Nishanth Babu at Versium Analytics

Versium Analytics is a company founded by a UCR Alumnus, check out how Nish got his internship and learn about his experience!

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Summer Member Spotlight 8

Our eight Summer Member Spotlight highlights Nishanth Babu who's been interning at Versium Analytics, founded by an UCR alumnus, Kevin Marcus.

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Nish is a 4th year CS major. He's active on campus with his involvement organizations such as ACM, Tau Beta Pi, and Theta Tau.

Nish at Versium

How did you hear about the internship?

I got my internship at Versium Analytics through an alumnus of UCR, Kevin Marcus, who actually co-founded the company. I saw him give a lecture during the ENGR101 class and decided to email him about opportunities at his company!

What's one of your most memorable experiences at Versium?

The Team One of the most memorable parts of the internship was going seafaring with the company. Seafaring is a weekend in Seattle where people go on boats and watch the blue angels fly right above them. We got to go to the CEO's giant yacht and spend the day relaxing on the yacht and watching the blue angels

How's the startup culture?

Working at a startup definitely has a different vibe than a big company. I really enjoyed the culture there. Everyone is very open to helping each other and it's got a very communal feel. I also really enjoyed the relaxed yet productive atmosphere as well as the random Nerf darts that were shot around the office and the beanbag which I did most of my work on.

SUMMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 7 SPONSORED BY .TECH DOMAINS - Paul Schneider at the Department of Homeland Security

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Summer Member Spotlight 7

Our seventh Summer Member Spotlight goes to Paul Schneider who's been interning at the US Department of Homeland Security this summer.

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Tell us about yourself

I’m going into my 3rd year at UCR studying Electrical Engineering, and am going to be focusing on RF and communications. Outside of the classroom, I’ve kept busy by working on UCR SAE’s Electric Vehicle, hacking together (or apart…) some personal projects, and in my free time I love to get out camping whenever I get the chance.

Paul at DHS

How did you hear about the internship?

UCR! The Homeland Security related Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HS-STEM) program places students into R&D locations all over the country, and I heard about it through BCOE. I ended up getting accepted to the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate office in Washington, D.C. where I’m now entering my 10th and final week.

What have you learned at the DHS?

DHS I’ve learned a lot in my time at DHS, and it’s been a great opportunity to expose myself to things that I normally wouldn’t have. The primary focus of my work is the developing technologies in autonomous unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and how first responder agencies are going to be able to best integrate them into their current operations. It’s been a great opportunity to learn about both the “hard” side of engineering (i.e. reading countless research journal papers and figuring out how things work) and the “soft” side of implementation (i.e. reaching out to first responders and working to figure out what solutions they need). Overall, it’s opened my eyes to the fact that a lot of engineers don’t end up just designing circuits or modeling with CAD programs. There’s also a sizeable need for technically oriented people that can be the efficient “translators” between the customers and the people drawing up schematics, especially in larger organizations.

The Intern Experience

DHS We had some pretty amazing barbecue last week brought in for a Summer office party. Oh, you mean in the actual internship? I think it’d have to be the work I did on a last-minute side project I did to test the effects of cell phone jamming. In my second week, I was told to quickly cobble together a testing procedure, and so I ended up writing a program for the testers in the field to run. The system worked great to test the connection, change configurations as needed, and spit out some nicely formatted data to analyze. In theory. I think it suffices to say that I learned a valuable lesson from the experience: If you ever think you’ve explained something well enough for the end user, you haven’t.

SUMMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 6 SPONSORED BY .TECH DOMAINS - MARIO SALAZAR AT ESRI

Check out what Mario Salazar is doing at Esri this summer!

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Summer Member Spotlight 6

Our sixth Summer Member Spotlight goes to Mario Salazar who's been interning at Esri this summer.

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About Mario

Mario goes into how he was selected, Esri's culture, impact, his experience as an intern, and his intern project.

Hello! My name is Mario and I am a 4th year Computer Science student at UCR. I landed an internship at Esri as a Software Security Intern.

Mario at Esri

The Selection Process

The selection process for me has been a bit unorthodox. I got a phone call from the Chief Product Security Officer Michael Young (UCR Alum), whom gave me a behavioral interview over the phone. I later received a follow up email from Corianne the University Programs, Program Manager. She sent me an offer letter and I accepted. Esri selected 115 out of the 10,000 applicants this year so it is fairly competitive, but a large number of interns are from UC Riverside!

Esri's Culture and Impact

Esri's Pond at Building M

Esri is the top GIS company in the world. It is privately owned by Jack and Laura Dangermond. The private ownership gives the company a customer-first approach to development. This is one of my favorite things about the company. You are catering to the end-user and receiving feedback from them to improve the products/services instead of being forced to focus on revenue by the board of directors in a public company.

Esri’s campus was designed by Jack Dangermond himself with his landscape architecture experience. The campus has an outdoors theme and it has 2 ponds that I usually have my lunch at. It’s a relaxing place to sit during lunch.

The hierarchy at Esri is very flat so there are less managers, which can be a good or bad. It’s a bad thing if you care about your job title and a good thing because there’s less hoops to jump through. Responsibilities may be added to contributors that could be considered managerial responsibilities. Although the position name might not change, employees are compensated for the additional work.

The Intern Experience

Mario's Desk

Esri hires a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students from many schools all over the globe, which adds to the experience. There are a few major components to the Esri internship experience. Main project, User’s Conference and the intern hackathon. The main project of an intern at Esri varies based on your current team’s needs. From what I have experienced, it is always a meaningful active project that has an impact on Esri. Given Esri’s customer-centered focus, the company holds an annual User’s Conference at the San Diego Convention Center with over 15,000 attendees. I was not fortunate enough to go to the event, but my fellow interns have told me that it is a great experience and it gives interns a feel of Esri’s reach and culture. I was also unable to attend the intern hackathon, so I did not get to experience it. From what I saw, the hackathon builds teams of diverse interns varying from marketing to software development. Interns work on projects using the ArcGIS developer tools and present their final project.

The Intern Project

Mario's Building's Lobby

As my main intern project, I have been working on a Security Toolkit Library to standardize the implementation of security at Esri. I have learned a lot about security as an industry, the applications of security in a corporate environment and the implementation of crypto in software. I have been working directly with the Security Architect, Chief Product Security Officer and some consultants who are leaders in Software Security. It has been a rewarding experience that I have enjoyed and have gained tremendously from.

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Summer Member Spotlight 5

Our fifth Summer Member Spotlight goes to Samuel Hwang who's been interning at Applied Medical this summer.

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Applied Medical

How did you get your internship?

I am still connected with alumni from Theta Tau. One of the alumni, Amanda Nguyen, works in the software development department at Applied Medical. She put in a good word and I got an interview with the team managers. Their team heavily emphasizes teamwork. Luckily, my involvement with campus jobs and BCOE organizations was well received by them and they extended me an offer as their Software Development Intern for the summer!

What is your most memorable experience?

Like most other interns, I am constantly surrounded by individuals who have worked hard to get to where they are today. It’s a lot of fun helping them with their projects and seeing how software is built on a professional level. Additionally we go out to eat every Friday and that boosts the overall morale and atmosphere of the office. I love meeting new people and learning as much as I can from them, so the everyday interactions are what I cherish the most.

Applied Medical's impact and experience

Don’t be afraid to talk to people and make new connections. Computer science is an extremely social career path and no one can succeed alone. Create a solid study group, join some organizations, get involved in research, or do whatever else you are personally interested in and passionate about. You will be surprised with what you get out of it all. If anyone wants to know more about software development at Applied Medical or getting involved, shoot me an email or message!

Samuel Hwang

shwan022@ucr.edu

Summer Member Spotlight 4 Sponsored by .Tech Domains - Valerie Chiou at Moody's

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Summer Member Spotlight 4

Our fourth Summer Member Spotlight goes to Valerie Chiou who is spending her second summer as an intern at Moody's.

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Moody's interns

How did you get your internship?

I interned for Moody’s last year Summer in South San Francisco and was contacted by the recruiter to see if I was interested in interning again. I expressed interest in scripting and automation, and I was put in contact with the hiring manager for the devops internship. I interviewed with the hiring manager and was offered the position a week later!

What is your most memorable experience?

Moody’s hosts a Girl’s Who Code Summer immersion program at the San Francisco office. I remember hosting the ice cream social and talking to the girls afterwards with other interns, giving them general career advice and things I wish I knew while I studied computer science in college. They came up and thanked us at the end, and it made me really happy that I could help these girls find their reasons to pursue computer science. Moody's interns

Moody's impact and experience

I love how Moody’s is a global company that really emphasizes creating confidence. (They even have initiatives and “Create Confidence” nominations/awards for employees.) I’m surrounded by a huge diversity of people from all around the world. All of them are very intelligent, driven, and down-to-earth and make the office an enjoyable place to work. I have the opportunity to network, ask for career advice, and be mentored by them as well. I’m very fortunate to work with people who have become more than just coworkers now. They’re mentors and friends who help me learn, encourage me, and want to see me succeed.