So You Want to Be a Programming Intern, Part 1: Bullets


[Pictured, from left to right: Josh, Grace, Ingrid, Julian, Shane]

Let me let you in on a rather shameful secret: up until my senior year of college, that "Proficient in Microsoft Office" bullet on my resume meant to convey my computer literacy? Not true. I used two pieces of software: TextEdit and Wordpress.

You know who could back up that bullet? Our interns. But, given that they know Python, Objective-C, BASIC,  LISP, LaTeX, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, MATLAB, UnityScript, Ruby, Java, C, C++, C#, Bash and and and... there is no way it would make the resume-worthy cut.

In part one of our getting-to-know-us series, interns Josh, Grace, Ingrid, Julian, and Shane give you some bullets of a different sort.

The questions:

1. Where do you go to school? 2. What do you study? 3. Give us a unique/random fact of your choosing.

The answers:

Josh Grinberg:

  1. Stanford University
  2. I’m still deciding on a major, but I know for sure I’m really excited about Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, and also possibly Bioengineering.
  3. I like performing in circus shows. My favorite trick is juggling torches, while balancing on a rolling globe and reciting 100 digits of pi.

Grace Yue Gong:

  1. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
  2. Computer Science
  3. One of my hobbies is that I maintain a tropical fish aquarium with live plants.

Ingrid Hagen-Keith

  1. Olin College of Engineering
  2. Since I just completed my freshman year, I haven’t really decided what I want to major in, though I’m pretty sure that it will involve Computer Science and perhaps some Design.
  3. I spilled glowing goo on my laptop senior year during a chemistry class. It was really embarrassing AND it was filmed so I got to relive it over and over…

Julian Ceipek:

  1. Olin College of Engineering
  2. I am studying how to learn, with an emphasis on Computer Science and Design.
  3. My favorite designer is Bret Victor. If you haven’t, you should watch Inventing on Principle, a fabulous talk about having a powerful ideal motivating your work.

Shane Skikne

  1. Olin College of Engineering
  2. I haven’t declared but I am considering either Electrical and Computer Engineering or Engineering with Computing or Robotics… or maybe Systems, but definitely not BioEngineering (probably).
  3. For my entire life, I have written the capitol Q incorrectly. Instead of putting the dash in the bottom left side of the circle, I put it in the top right. No one ever told me I was doing it wrong until college. Don’t ask me how, but I believe that it all started because Quailman (yes, from Doug) wore that belt on his head.

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