Mehul Gore spent his summer interning in our Software Development Department. Find more out about Mehul and his experiences at Edmentum!
My name is Mehul and I was a Software Development Intern at Edmentum for the summer of 2016. I am currently a student at the University of Texas at Austin studying Computer Science along with Plan II Honors. I enjoy playing basketball, drumming, singing, working out, and above all, learning new skills. You could say I am a homegrown Texan, growing up in Irving for almost 20 years (I feel old already), going to college in Austin, and having my first internship here in Richardson!
As a freshman in college, finding an internship was definitely a difficult and nerve wracking process, and by April of 2016, summer was nearing dangerously close and I had nothing. Thankfully, I found this great opportunity at Edmentum through a connection I had to an employee here and after interviewing, I was ecstatic when I received an offer. After only the first week, I felt at home in the casual and welcoming atmosphere and knew it would be a great 12 weeks.
A typical day for me looks a bit like this: I come into the office around 9 AM, take care of some small tasks from the day before, and check my emails and messages to see if there are any urgent tasks to do. At 10, the other interns and I have a daily standup meeting with the Scrum Master. In this standup we discuss what we did the day before, any accomplishments, failures, and what our plan was for that day. Then, the real work begins, as I open up the development software and get to work, putting together the logic of the fun games we were creating for our product and integrating the professional looking assets the UX intern, Mandy, created. After I felt like progress was made, I would submit the file to the server and hand it off to Chris, the QA intern, to test and see if my changes were any good. This would happen daily until the game was completed, and then it was on to the next one!
The biggest struggle I had coming in was that I only started coding a year ago, and thought I would be incompetent in a professional environment. Fortunately throughout the first few weeks, I was able to learn the tools to be successful, thanks to the internet and the very helpful development team. Also, learning the principles of programming at college the last 2 semesters really helped me pick up what I needed to know. Overall, the interns were able to create three fully functional games that will be deployed this upcoming fall, which was a great accomplishment. It is an amazing feeling that kids next year will actually play the games we made here as interns!
The culture here at Edmentum is top notch, making the company a wonderful place to work and thrive in. You are treated like a professional and you are expected to be independent in the work that you accomplish. There were few instances where anyone told us to do anything, so setting goals and working out minor issues was all up the intern team. Everyone, from the managers to the developers, was approachable and willing to help, so there was always someone to talk to. Edmentum avoids the pitfalls of big “corporate” companies that neglect employees and focus only on the end product. Also, the environment is just so relaxed and easy going which is great for a college kid like me. It’s 90+ plus degrees so you wear shorts and a t-shirt? No problem.
I will definitely be able to apply what I learned from the product development process and the inter-team collaboration to my education next year. The experience I received in my first internship was very valuable and will help give me direction when figuring out my future career plans, which are still quite uncertain. Finally, I just want to thank all the employees at Edmentum for giving me this opportunity and making it an unforgettable experience!