The Summer Member Spotlight
The summer is when ACM members go their different ways to do amazing things from enabling the efforts of Mars exploration to connecting the world together. This is a chance to highlight their efforts and show that there is no limit in what we can do. We will highlight two members each week throughout the summer. If you want to share your summer experience, get in touch!
Joel Gomez at LinkedIn
Our inaugural spotlight goes to Joel Gomez.
Hey everyone! I’m Joel, a senior at UCR and this summer (2017), I was fortunate enough to land an internship with LinkedIn as a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) Intern in the Sunnyvale area in Silicon Valley. For my intern project, I’m working on the backend of the People You May Know feature of LinkedIn.com. To be a bit more specific -- I’m writing a class that will be used to monitor and verify data from a development/experimental environment to make it easier for other engineers to make sure their code works (performance, successful calls -- i.e. reliability ;) ) in development before deploying it to production. TL;DR summary for SRE work is that they’re the lucky peeps that put out fires and try to keep things from burning in the first place -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
My experience at LinkedIn so far has been awesome and surreal! Of course there are the usual tech company perks: flexible hours, gourmet chef-prepared breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, on-site haircuts, oil changes, and massages, staffed coffee and smoothie bars, and fully-stocked break rooms in every building with all sorts of goodies. Additionally, everyone is genuinely happy to chat and share their wealth of knowledge and experience, even with interns.
A fun fact about this year’s interns here: out of a total of ~230 interns, approximately 50 of us are UC students -- the majority of that share coming from Berkeley, Davis, and San Diego. Only two UCs have a single representing student -- Santa Cruz and Riverside. Those interns range from everything to UI, Software, and Site Reliability Engineers, to HR and Marketing interns as well.
If you’re looking to get into a tech company -- my best advice is to just build all the things! Pad your GitHub with meaningful and different projects and code samples. Teach yourself new technology stacks and programming languages to use in your projects, bonus points for knowing how they work and how to write “good code” in each. Consider doing related research at school for additional projects if you don’t have any ideas. Practice your algorithms and data structures. Lastly, be sure to prepare a good resume and apply everywhere!
If you have any other questions for me about my internship experience or anything else, don’t hesitate to reach out! See you in the Fall!
Here are some photos provided by Joel:
Intern “welcome kit”
One of many random pieces of art in one of the buildings and LinkedIn pun