Athens, OH 1 September 2018 –
This summer I worked at JPMorgan Chase in Columbus, OH. When thinking about Chase as a financial institution, it was difficult to picture where an engineering intern like myself would fit in the organization. That changed dramatically when I began my internship in June. Walking into the corporate office for the first time, I was introduced to a modern work environment with ping pong tables, indoor trees, fountains and a multitude of computer screens displaying the importance of technology.
Within the first week, I met my fellow interns and we were assigned roles within an agile team and were introduced to the project that we would be working on for the duration of the summer. In a nutshell, we were tasked with creating a dashboard application used to monitor the health of various security applications within the firm. We had to build this application from the ground up while also creating documentation to ensure that this project could be picked up by future analysts.
This all seemed quite jarring at first, considering I had only taken one programming class before and was very unfamiliar with coding. However, my intern group, all but one of them CS majors, taught me how to write basic programs and later assisted me with larger programs. Along with doing some moderate coding, I created documentation for the application and met with stakeholders to determine requirements.
Once the summer was over, we had created a fully functional application and completed documentation that outlined the functionality of the application. Along with that, I learned a lot about how to code, how to work in a corporate environment, and how to communicate more effectively in a professional manner.
Also, throughout the internship I grew close to the interns in my group and we had a lot of fun from our corporate New York trip, intern robot race, and going to karaoke to celebrate the last day of our summer internship. My internship at Chase was an opportunity that I truly treasure because of the things I learned and the amazing people that I met.