Great Internship: Gained valuable hands-on experience

Position title
IT Product Development Intern
Work term type
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
2,001 to 2,500
How long was your work term?
4 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Miramar, Florida
Work industry
Computer Science

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Fairly Basic
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?
Very helpful
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

What I liked best about it was the type of work I was able to commit to and accomplish. The work I took part in was essentially working on automating the SOAP and REST requests that our web application would make, this facilitated the ease for testing and troubleshooting these requests for the Software Developers.

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

I felt like my experience and abilities in programming was questioned to a certain extent. The reason i say this is because the first month and a half of the internship, I was essentially given busy work and didn’t feel like I was given the opportunity to show my skill set. When I was finally assigned the programming project to work on, it was by another developer and not my actual manager. Thanks to his efforts of giving me something meaningful to work on and program, not only was I able to further develop my programming skills and work with API’s, but the code that i wrote is still in place and eases the job for developers.

Manager experience

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

Have a structured regimen or project in place that focuses on the intern showcasing the desired skill set for their specific position. Ex. Programming, Marketing, Customer Service, etc.

This will allow the intern to show their abilities and demonstrate whether or not they would be competent if their role was a full-time position and we’re asked to perform these tasks on a regular basis.

Social experience

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

The office environment was one of the closest I’ve ever been a part of. Everyone was very open and welcoming, they made me feel like part of the team since the beginning of the program.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Employee discounts/rewards Free coffee Social activities Public transit subsidy Volunteering day Work from home

Final notes

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

Be sure to ask as many questions as possible throughout your internship and absorb as much information from your colleagues as possible. Don’t take the opportunity for granted and try to make your time there a memorable one, where your work will continue to help your team even after your internship is over.