Industry: Computer Science/Technology
Type of Internship: Software Development/Programming
Student Name: Brendan Conron
Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Computer Science
Minor: None
Position Title: Software Engineer
Hours: 40 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Paid, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

As a software engineer, projects varied week by week month by month but mainly consisted of building out and designing large scale components of the company's application. Everything from writing new features, interface design, and graphics programming was fair game.

How did you find this internship?

I met BinaryThumb at a hackathon I attended last September and got a chance to work with some of the engineers on the team. I had such a good time that I asked to join them for the spring semester and ended up working for them for 9 months.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

Taking time off from school and living in a city I had never been to was both fascinating and challenging. I got to experience California during the height of startup culture while learning how to survive in the real world. Not to mention, I learned what I now consider to be crucial programming and business skills that may have taken me years to learn on my own.

What do you find challenging?

It was challenging to be creative outside the bounds of my job. There were many situations that would require me to step up without being asked and to get the work done however possible. Having learned how to successfully do that, it's not only made me a more innovative programmer but a more creative and diverse thinker. I learned that a good employee does his job while a great employee goes above and beyond, something that's often hard to conceptualize and concretely pursue.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

My advice is to just go for it. I wasn't offered the job, I asked for it and I was fortunate enough to get it. Most great opportunities are like that. The summer also isn't enough time to have a great experience so I decided to take time off from school to pursue my dream. While that's not for everyone, it's certainly something to take under advisement. We make our own fate and destiny and although that sounds cliché, hard work and determination are two characteristics that will get anyone far in life.

About the Organization

San Francisco, California

BinaryThumb makes a highly acclaimed iOS app called Grid, a re-invention of the spreadsheet. It's a creative space for creative thinkers, the intersection between ideas and implementation. The tool enables people to utilize an infinite space to perform tasks as simple and mundane as planning a vacation to storyboarding a video game.