Visiting Software Engineer Co-op

5.0
Position title
Visiting Software Engineer Co-op
Work term type
Internship
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
3,501 to 4,000
How long was your work term?
8 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Boston, Massachusetts
Work industry
Computer Sciences
Faculty
Computer Science

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Very impressed
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Very helpful
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Loved coming to work
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Skills for life
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

As I intern, I was given to work on current live systems. In most company they give side projects to intern, But not in JH. I was contributing to the level of full time software developer and this enabled me get exposure of best practices, effective ways to approach a problem.

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

I would love pitch idea about having a game room in JH. surprising as it may seem but there is no game room in JH/Manulife Boston office.

With game room, employee can have stress buster and game enables attachment between employees.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
All the time
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
All the time
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

My manager is awesome and is very friendly. He was regularly concerned about my needs and if I am getting a correct direction from my teammate.

besides work, he was also interested in my personal development and asked if I like to work on different project to learn new technology. But I was mostly interested in existing project because I loved that application.

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
Regularly
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
Occasionally
Describe the office environment/culture.

Hmm, social activities are lacking in JH work culture. one or two outing in year makes the difference in work culture and bonding with employee. All work and no play makes jack a dull boy.

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Just as advertised
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
100%
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
100%
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Recommendation Work types Location Benefits
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Go for it. They use newest tech stack for software dev. You will learn a lot from existing employee. Pay is somewhat less for internship, but that is trivial when you learn new things in JH/Manulife.