Name: Kevin Gonzalez
Intern Title: Application Development Intern
College: Christian Brothers University
Company: American Home Shield
Tell the readers a little bit about yourself.
I am a first-generation college student here in the United States – senior at Christian Brothers University. Currently in the process of receiving a Computer Science degree with a double minor in Management Information Systems and Mathematics. Aside from school, I enjoy flying drones, I enjoy this so much that I am an FAA certified UAV pilot. I also enjoy playing Fortnite with the other interns, ping pong, and writing trap/rap lyrics – be on the lookout for my mixtape, it’s going to be fire.
Can you talk a little bit about the steps you took to land this internship?
I applied on the website, where I had multiple interviews until I finally got the good news.
What attracted you to ServiceMaster?
Aside from Service Master being a Fortune 1000 company, I wanted to intern at a huge company before I graduated from college. I find the experience that I have gained from my team to be invaluable. I have learned new technology such as Web APIs, languages like C#/.NET, methodologies like Agile.
Could you describe what a typical day was like for you as an intern?
Arrive at HQ around 8:30-9, fill my bottle with water, get a cup of black coffee, open up my laptop and start working on software. We use a ticketing system called Jira where I can see all the work that I have under my name that I must complete within a certain sprint (deadline). Around lunch time I play a game or two of ping pong, get back to work, and leave for the day. My mentor that was assigned by my business manager tells me not to worry about completion of a certain task but to take time and understand what I am doing – here’s your shout out Hari, knowledge is key.
What is one word you would use to describe your workplace environment?
What advice do you have for someone who is just starting to look for an internship?
Don’t be afraid of change. Since software is constantly changing, I was worried that I would not be up to par with the way my team is programming, within a short period of time, I was finishing Jira tickets for my team. For my software engineers looking to get an internship in programming, go for it.. just do it, you don’t know what’s behind the curtain. Change can be good.
Most memorable moment?
I led stand-up meetings for a week because our project manager was out on vacation, this was fun. Aside from that, all of the personality tests we have taken were really beneficial too.
What skills did you learn this summer?
Agile, C#/.NET, TFS, Linq2Db, PL/SQL, and how to debug code.