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Summer Internship Experience at Edmentum

Thursday, September 3, 2015 -- Carly Bursik

Will Strei spent his summer interning in our Software Development Department. Find out more about Will and his experiences at Edmentum!

Hi! I am originally from Elk River, MN, and am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science at the University of Minnesota. I love computer science, and school can be fun, but my favorite activities are all outside. Biking, kayaking, motorcycling, camping, and recently climbing, are some of my absolute favorite ways to spend my time.

My internship at Edmentum was an amazing experience. There was one other development intern and we worked very closely together (most of the time there was only one cubical needed). This of course was not required, but we discovered that we worked quickly and effectively when we pair programmed. We were the only two development members of a full SCRUM team devoted entirely to us. That team worked with two main projects: one to enhance the features of a highly interactive product developed by last year’s interns, and one to build a proof of concept using a cutting edge broadcasting technology. Initially, the greatest struggle for me was adjusting to a very real and immersive development environment where no one was telling me exactly how to complete a project but rather only the specifications for that project. Eventually, that independence became something I loved. The people at Edmentum really made the experience what it was. Besides having another great intern to work with, every team from every part of Edmentum was always right there when I needed them. There was a strong no-boundaries feel to the work place, and everyone was happy to help with anything. Never once did I feel like “just an intern”.

The greatest accomplishment for me this summer was the broadcasting proof of concept work. We started that work in the beginning of the summer, but reached a point where we were blocked, so we moved on to other features. Later in the summer, the systems team worked with us to get us past that block, and we successfully completed the project that we had to stop working on months ago. That was really the perfect way to leave my internship.

I feel that this internship taught me as much, if not even more, as I would have learned in school over the summer. I was able to work with client side, server side, databases, and even wrote some automated tests, implementing my projects from start to finish. I learned how to be creative with solutions, and not be close-minded to the first or second option I found. Also, I was given a priceless look at what a career in software development would be like, and found I liked it quite a bit. I truly took away from this internship everything I hoped to and then some. Thank you specifically to the members of my SCRUM team and the managers I worked under. All of you made this an incredible summer! And to the rest of Edmentum: thank you!