Reflections from our Software Engineering Intern: Starlyn

Hello everyone! My name is Starlyn Urena Ventura, and I am a Software Engineering Intern on the Developer team at Killer Snails for the summer of 2018.

 Killer Snails Interns Starlyn and Isaac tour Dr. Mandë Holford's lab during the first week

Killer Snails Interns Starlyn and Isaac tour Dr. Mandë Holford's lab during the first week

Over the past 8 weeks I had the opportunity to join Killer Snails as a Software Engineer Intern-my first internship at a tech company through the Tech Talent Pipeline. After living in New York for the past 9 years, my first summer was spent working with smart people in a professional environment. During my time being an intern, I was treated with the same respect as any other team member, but also with the same notion of working hard and dedication as everybody else. I have been granted the pleasure to work closely with the Co-Founder Jessica Ochoa Hendrix and Lead Developer Christopher Pollati to build an online digital journal.

At Killer Snails I worked on the implementation of the online digital journal, an educational web application for students to develop a love of science. My project involved developing a user friendly interaction while at the same time being educational for everyone. There were many issues I faced during my internship and there were times I didn’t know how to tackle some of those problems. Something I learned was that there are always people that are willing to help, if you are willing to ask even outside of your team. Most of my work this summer has been focused on some important features to be released this fall including building the ability of cross browsing and multi browser compatibility into the digital science journal.

 Starlyn, Christopher and Isaac at the end of the summer

Starlyn, Christopher and Isaac at the end of the summer

 

Over this summer I have become a better engineer and programmer. Working close with Christopher at Killer Snails this summer is quite special, the importance of teamwork, continuous learning outside of the classroom and workplace, have made me grow as a professional. There are many things which you can only imagine how they work, but can’t fully understand until you have hands on experience.