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Sean Donoghue - FedEx Services

 

Sean Donoghue interned at FedEx

Internship title:  Junior Programmer Analyst

How did you find your internship?

A friend and classmates

What are you primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

Coding/attending meetings

What is the best part of your internship?

The positive social atmosphere

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

Yes.

A quote from you regarding your experience?

This internship has helped me grow in my field of profession in more ways than I could’ve imagined, and I would strongly recommend anyone in the computer science field apply to this program.

 

Brooke Engle - Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Brooke Engle interned at Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative Inc.Internship title: IT Intern

How did you find your internship?

I worked at the office previously.

What are you primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

Training employees on the Porche system, updating the website, installing new hardware, and fixing any IT problems that arise.

What is the best part of your internship?

The best part of my internship was being under the supervision of Ben Gorman. He is a fun guy to be around, and he has so much previous knowledge. I was able to learn so much from him.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

Yes.

A quote from you regarding your experience?

I never could have learned so much while working with so many incredible people if I wouldn't have had this opportunity.

Shane O'Neil - United States Steel Corp., Pittsburgh, PA

Photo of Shane O'Neil

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

I started my internship in many training courses. After the completion of those, I was given many tasks that used an older database system, still used by most other departments; however, my department has been working on changing over to a newer system. My tasks were to create programs that would redirect users to the newer system, and by making it impossible for users to use that older system, I was able to get rid of the older programs.
I am currently working on the Inventory Applications section of our team's main projects. This is the process that keeps track of all of the steel coils that are at all the plants. We have recently changed from an older database system to an Oracle 9i system using SQL. I have been given the task to write a Java program that gives the user an option of which plant they wish to look at and when executing, a formatted excel document will be generated to give all the necessary information for that plant and comparing many different fields giving several spreadsheets and a total sheet. After I am finished with this, I am sure I will continue with SQL and Java programming.

What is the best part of your internship?

This is probably the hardest question because I like everything about my internship. I have learned so much; I met new people, whom are all very welcoming. If I had to pick one thing though, I would have to say it's how everyone works together as a team; not only our team and each individual team but also all teams intertwine and help one another out. If you don't know something, chances are someone else does or they know how to help find the solution in a reasonable amount of time. I learned to not be afraid to ask questions or get help because everyone one needs help.

What are the top two things you have learned?

The first thing I have just talked about and that is how to ask questions and not to be afraid of getting help when you need it. The second would have to be how to program in Java. During my internship, only being here two & a half months, I have learned many Programming languages I did not know before, such as: Java, SQL, NATURAL, ORACLE 9i database implementation, JSP and JAVASCRIPT. I believe that Java was the most important thing I have learned out of everything because, 90% of Pittsburgh Area Company's and over half of other company's in the United States need and/or use Java programmers. This has almost been the gateway to my future.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

I wouldn't just recommend this internship to someone but everyone. As I have said before this has been an amazing experience and it's only been less than 3 months. I have learned so much and according to all of the current employees, I will learn a whole lot more. It is a wonderful real world experience. You are not just simply an observer of how things operate. They make you an employee that works on projects with the rest of the team; you fill out the paperwork necessary for auditors to pass their audits. You get a huge idea of what to expect after graduation, not to mention it pays very well, not only with the paycheck, but with the training, knowledge and experience I have gained from everyday at my internship.

What is a quote regarding your internship experience?

"Hard work and dedication pays off. Teamwork is the key to your future. Do not give up or get frustrated; just ask for help. Following these simple steps a great career is bound to follow."

Garrett Byers  - California University of Pennsylvania

Internship Title: University Technology Intern

How did you find your internship? 

I was put in contact with Eric Hartman through George Novak, and it turned out I was the best candidate for the position.

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

I am primarily responsible for handling different tickets that come in through the help desk for tasks such as computer part replacement/repair, computer imaging, and various software issues.

What is the best part of your internship?

I would say the best part of my internship is that it involves doing fairly simple work in a field I greatly enjoy. Solving computer problems and helping people with technical issues is something I both enjoy and am good at, and this internship fits with my interests very well.

What are the top two things you have learned?

The first important thing I learned is how to address client concerns in a business environment in a timely and efficient manner. The second important lesson I learned from my internship is managing and handling a large companies vast infrastructure with often times limited resources.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

I would recommend this internship to someone else as it has been a very enjoyable experience and very informative. I would, however, make sure they understood the internship is not a paid one because it is on-campus.

A quote from you regarding your internship experience?

"I had an enjoyable time at this internship learning very useful skills in a run, hands-on environment where questions were encouraged and answered in a very easy to understand manner."

Ben Crawford - FedEx Services

Internship Title:  Metrics & Reporting Systems Application Developer

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities? 

I have currently been working on two different web applications for FedEx.com that is being converted from an out-of-date programming language (RPG) to the Java language. Other languages involved include but are not limited to: HTML, JavaScript, Shell Scripts, Oracle, Java Server Pages (JSP), and more.

How did you find your internship?

Through our wonderful Internship Center who had send out and E-mail to all CIS/CS students.

What is the best part of your internship?

I would have to say that the best part of my internship is getting to see and use the knowledge that I had learned in the classroom, being put to good use in the "real world."

Would you recommend this internship to someone else? 

Yes, definitely. FedEx is a wonderful corporation who really strives to put their People first.

A quote from you regarding your internship experience? 

 “Living PSP (People. Service. Product)  and the Purple Promise every day!”