Working at Microsystems has been a unique and eye opening experience. Previously, I had only worked lower-level jobs like being a server at a banquet hall or a teacher for children’s robotics/coding classes, so starting a 40 hour a week job in the city was a bit intimidating. However, once I came through the doors I was greeted with a warm welcome from everyone in the company. Any nervousness I had was pushed away once I saw how welcoming everyone was. Once I was given a tour of the office, I sat down and got my desk set up, and started walking through what I’d be doing day to day. Any questions I had were readily answered, and no question was a stupid question.
As I started work on fixing bugs in the code and learning about the system, anyone around was willing to help whenever I ran into something I didn’t know how to handle, and if whoever I asked was busy or didn’t know the answer, they would point me in the right direction. This level of guidance helped me immensely, and led me to be more efficient in my own work, and also to be able to help others like myself who need it.
When transitioning from school to being an intern, I wasn’t sure how much the skills I learned in school would transfer to real world work. I was surprised when I saw how things I had learned about (the Agile process, coding standards, software patterns, etc.) were actually being used in the industry. But there were a few things that school couldn’t teach me, such as learning how the code works for a product, or how to estimate time for projects that could take longer than a month. These skills have come to me through my time here at Microsystems, and will stay with me through my career.
When deciding assignments for interns, a lot of thought is put into what will be gained from working on whatever task is assigned. While the primary goal is obviously to do work for the company that needs to be done, the next most important thing is what each intern will get out of the experience. At the beginning I was asked what projects I wanted to work on, and I had a bit of a choice on what to pursue once I finished each task.
Overall, interning here at Microsystems has been an amazing experience, and I would recommend it to anyone. The work done is interesting, the people are friendly and helpful, and I have learned a lot about the industry and what to expect working in my field. — Andrew Sullivan-Bormann