Industry: Computer Science/Technology
Type of Internship: Software Development/Programming, Web Design/Management
Student Name: Alexis Galantino
Graduation Year: 2018
Major: Biopsychology, Computer Science
Minor: None
Position Title: Application Engineering Intern
Hours: 40 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Paid, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

I work on the giant Ruby on Rails app that is github.com! I'm specifically on the workflow team, so my tasks relate to things like pull requests, issues, code diffs, etc. Day-to-day, I code in the app to fix bugs or work on new features, as well as attend meetings with fellow Hubbers to talk about those bugs and features. We also have all-hands and other educational meetings where I can hear about new things that I've never encountered before. All in all it's a fantastic place to work.

How did you find this internship?

Friend referral

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

Everything?? First and foremost, I absolutely love the culture here. My favorite part of Tufts and the Tufts CS department is how collaborative and relaxed the general vibe is; people generally help each other learn rather than compete. GitHub is the same, if not more so, in that it feels like everyone here is rooting for me to succeed. Also, the location and office feel are absolutely unbelievable -- fresh air, sunshine, and dogs as far as the eye can see.

What do you find challenging?

Onboarding was rough at first. I struggled a lot with impostor syndrome, like, "I feel so incompetent, they must have hired me accidentally, I'll never succeed here." But everyone around me -- with whom I shared these feelings -- had nothing but helpful tips and support to give, and slowly that feeling of incompetence faded. Now, everything is much better; when I have a question, I know either where to find the answer or who to ask to help me.

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

Apply early! I sent in my application around late September/early October and was hired in November. In the interviews, try to relax. No whiteboard sessions here -- I found the process to be super reasonable and focused on me as a human being who codes rather than just a "coder." Finally, once you get here, try not to question your hiring! Things are overwhelming at first, but they do get better quickly as you get used to the flow.


About the Organization

Github
San Francisco, California

Come help us make collaboration even better. At GitHub we build the tools that make collaborating and writing software easier for everyone. We’ve built a company we truly love working for, and we think you will too.