Athens, OH 2 September 2018 –
Over the past summer, I held an internship position with Fluor BWXT in Piketon, Ohio. This was my third summer with them as an intern. I’ve heard that some internships are kind of boring and unproductive, but my time with Fluor BWXT has been exciting and perfect for gaining resume building experience. This summer was no different.
We developed an internal web application that the IT department utilized to track support tickets and projects. On day one, we immediately started having design meetings and within a week, we were implementing those designs.
There are some advantages with developing an internal IT application. For example, you get immediate feedback from the users and management regarding the application. This allowed me to make career connections and that is very important when looking for future jobs. Also, it’s very cool to walk around the department offices and see other employees using an application you helped build.
One of the main benefits of my internship was being able to experience the agile development methodology first hand. Agile experience is a very good skill to under your belt.
During the on campus job fairs, I’ve found that potential employers are looking for people with experience. It doesn’t have to be 10 years of experience, they just want to know that you have at least experienced a normal software development work day and that you contributed to a team development project. At Fluor BWXT, that’s exactly what we did.
Overall, my internship experiences have been great. These experiences have certainly reinforced many of the concepts we, as computer science students, learn about each day at Ohio University.