Elefterios Lazaridis (QVC, West Chester, PA)
During the summer of 2016, I was given the opportunity to become the Enterprise Portfolio Management (EPM) Intern at QVC’s headquarters. It was an eleven-week internship and I had to make sure that I met the expectations of both the EPM organization and QVC’s internship program competition. During the internship, I demonstrated competencies in leadership, building relationships, communication, and producing quality results on schedule that met stakeholders’ requirements.
My primary goal was to build a website for QVC’s Enterprise Portfolio Planning & Prioritization Process. This process provides QVC’s employees with a way to submit their project idea to QVC’s leadership and ask for their approval to start their project. They could say “yes”, “no”, or “maybe later”. Through Share Point, I created a workflow to make it easy for anyone at QVC to submit a request to start a project.
Sonia Parikh, Starship Health Technologies, LLC, Plymouth Meeting, PA
Starship Health Technologies, LLC, is a research and development based company. Starship works on combining the universe of scientific technological and engineering methods to find solutions for overcoming the key challenges to improve accountability, coordination, communication, and mobility in health care. Starship works in the following areas: social/behavioral science research, supportive technology development, advanced learning technologies, and human-centered design and development.
Elham Jaffar (Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia)
I preformed my internship in the Saudi Aramco company in Saudi Arabia. My internship allowed me to work as an
application developer full time for eight weeks in the Geospatial Information Technology Unit. During the eight weeks,
I developed two different types of applications for use in an integrated system. First, I developed a GPS Navigation
Map Online Request which is a web application that allows Aramco employees to request GPS Navigation Map Products online
and get what they need as fast as possible. Second, I developed a GPS Navigation Map Tracking System, a Windows-based
application, for the Data Management Group in GSD to execute customer requests in order and avoid customer complaints
regarding waiting. In addition to these applications, I built one database for two systems to retrieve and track
information requests from the web application by using the Windows application.
Ather Sharif (Azavea, Philadelphia, PA)
As part of the Fall 2015 semester, I did an internship at Azavea, which is a local tech firm in Philadelphia focusing on Geographic
Information Systems (GIS. During the course of my internship, I worked on testing Azavea's products for accessibility, namely OpenTreeMap
and Stormwater Tools. I was responsible for formally expressing my findings in a report and then implement the changes in the actual
application using the GIT repository. I also learned mapping skills and developed a campus map for accessibility for SJU.
Towards the end of my internship, I started my research on making maps accessible for screen reader users.
All in all, it was a great learning experience for me. I got to do things that I’m passionate about as well as learn new skills
and explore new fields.
Edith Castro (Blue Golf, Wayne, PA)
During the summer of 2015, I was a member of the Blue Golf Software Development team.
At Blue Golf, I acted in the capacity of software developer, business analyst, and software tester.
Along with my vast work experiences, I brought formal knowledge in software development and database management to BlueGolf.
I was able to leverage existing strengths and gain experience, particularly in software development.
I obtained practical skills in both structured and object oriented programing languages.
In my testing role, which involved finding bugs in java programs, I also proposed recommendations
for enhancing the functionality of those programs, as well as the design of the application interface.
As time progressed, I became a reliable member of the software development team and the opportunities
to become more hands-on in developing in Java increased. One of the areas in which I excelled is
business process analysis. I gathered requirements from the staff and developed solutions
to meet those requirements. Working at BlueGolf as an intern has been an enriching experience.
Some of the lessons I have learned include: navigating various areas in a software development
company, brainstorming and implementing solutions to programing issues with colleagues.
Lixia Zhao (SAP, Newtown Square, PA)
Thid was my first working experience in a corporate environment. During my three-month internship,
I worked on a variety of projects. Almost all the projects were relevant to the SAP star product,
SAP HANA platform, which is a memory data management platform. It is the fastest growing database
in the relational database management systems (RDBMS) market.
The majority of my assignments involved creating documentation to present the packaged HANA solutions
as well as implementing related SQL Scripts. The purpose of the documentations was to perform time and
cost estimation, to outline the features and tools of the solutions, as well as to illustrate the graphic landscape
of these solutions. These documentations will be shown to SAP potential customers. By the end of my internship,
I completed 11 packaged solutions and customized four among the 11 solutions based on the requested from potential customers.
These solutions cover wide range of aspects of HANA platform, such as HANA architecture, HANA data provisions,
backup and security solution, solutions of fixing bugs in HANA, HANASQL Script, integration HANA
with other SAP products, for instance ERP, its front-end tools, such as SAPUI5 or Fiori, SAP data
analytical tools, or other outside products, such as oracle database. Other projects included monitoring North
America HANA Enterprise Cloud(HEC) dashboard and creating weekly report, providing file synchronization solution
for an internal wiki webpage, etc.
Jimson Mathew (Harmelin Media, Bala Cynwyd, PA)
During the summer of 2015, I interned at Harmelin Media, a media planning and buying company. I worked in the field of Data Science and helped analyze the relationship between weather and media attributes. In order to do the same, I applied statistical concepts such as t-test, covariance, and regression squared. These operations were carried out in R and Python. I was working with data that was considerable in magnitude. Due to this, I was cognizant of efficiency with every operation I executed on the dataset.
Having an internship allowed me to gain first-hand experience of the field of Big Data. Prior to the internship, my knowledge of the same was acquired primarily through newspaper articles and blog posts. It also allowed me to reflect about what field of Computer Science I would like to work in in the future. I would strongly recommend students to engage in summer internships.
Fatmah Alafari (Drexel Library, SJU, Philadelphia, PA)
In the summer of 2015, I interned as a web development in Francis A. Drexel Library at Saint Josephs’s University specifically, My main
responsibility was to develop and maintain some of the library webpages. Thus, I worked on various projects and learned how to use
different techniques and tools to approach web-based projects.
The first project I worked on involved designing two responsive SVG web banners for the Library Catalog and iLL webpages. We
used Adobe Illustrator software to generate the SVG image, which is the perfect image format to avoid resolution and pixilation
problems. In addition, I learned a bout Bootstrap tool, and designed two responsive webpages in which I used the bootstrap’s
Scroll Spy plugin for the technical webpages and Bootstrap's responsive Tab forcomputer classroom webpages. In addition, I used some of
CSS3 properties to customize the style of the two designs. Also, I worked on AngularJS for the first time in which I created an
Instant Search for the journals webpage. In this project, I had a chance to learn about AngularJS filters, directives and many
other main concepts. Thus, I was able to write my customized search filter. Moreover, I used JSON for data exchange in that webpage
in which I needed to convert old data from HTML to JSON. Another project that I worked on involved developing the library Staff
staff images and information. In this project, I wrote my own accordion function since my script file will has less size
than the built in accordion script file. Also, I experienced working on backend development application in which I
uploaded the new design of Staff webpage on university server using Cascade CMS. Lastly, I learned how to use
WordPress which is probably the easiest and most powerful website CMS tool today.
Krzysztof Kurzyna (Arris Group Inc., Philadelphia, PA)
My Internship was at Arris Group Inc. ARRIS Group Inc., which is a telecommunications equipment
manufacturing company that provides cable operators with high-speed data,
video and telephony systems for homes and businesses. My involvement was in the data and video
service integration part of the business. The Main part of my internship revolved around performing
integration between multiple software systems.
Integration is the function of two pieces of software communicating with one another either using third party translation software or a direct driver integrated in the software. The software we integrated with was the ARRIS Converged Edge Router (E6000) and the skyline Dataminer.
The E6000 is a converged Edge Router. It is physical hardware which enables the conversion between RF (Radio Frequency) and IP. This main hardware allows home/business users to connect to the internet through an ISP such as Comcast or Verizon.
The main task of my internship was to interact with the two groups and our customer to create the specific requirements which needed to be integrated between E6000 and DataMiner. I communicated with both groups to create rules, SNMP OID monitors, trap lists, GUI layouts for the DataMiner Agent (DMA). This was the main part I helped to contribute in the entire phase of the project.
Elaine Zhang (Drexel Library, Saint Joseph's University, PA)
Elaine worked as a web developer using Adobe Illustrator to create maps of
the library and converting them to the SVG format. Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is
an XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics with support for
interactivity and animation.
Elaine also used other web technologies such as
The web app designed by Elaine helps library users
find information about library resources such as availability and location of study rooms, book call numbers, installed software packages on various computers across the library, etc.
Patricia McGann (Lockheed Martin, King of Prussia, PA)
Last summer, I interned with Lockheed Martin as a College Intern Tech Spec.
My task was to create an internal mobile application to be used by all the employees at
Lockheed Martin. Over the summer, I worked closely with the project lead on the research,
design, and development of the app. As part of the intern experience, I was able to learn about
and visit the various sections of the company and hear from employees about their careers
and projects. While my classes gave me the background to be successful in my internship,
my time at Lockheed Martin gave me a focus for my senior year, real life experience in a
workplace, and the desire to learn more.
After graduating, I will be returning to Lockheed
Martin as a Software Engineer Associate and continuing to create more mobile applications for them.
Matthew Karliner (Lockheed Martin, King of Prussia, PA)
During the summer of 2014, from May
through August I was an intern at Lockheed Martin. I
worked out of their Valley Forge Offices more specifically
in the IS & GS Division, which stands for Information
Systems and Global Solutions. I was put on the
JASSM (Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile) Program
and worked closely with the other interns and Engineers.
We used C#/.NET and SQL Server as the back
end system for our web application we created over the
summer. Working at Lockheed Martin was a really
good experience. I learned a lot and gained valuable on
the job experience. I highly recommend this internship
Michael Schiff (Star Group, Philadelphia, PA)
I spent the summer as a web development intern at Star
Group in Philadelphia. During that period I gained
firsthand experience working in a modern development
environment. Web development requires knowledge of
a variety of web technologies, and as such, I developed
MySQL, and MongoDB. I also gained experience working
with content management systems such as WordPress
I learned the importance of version control, and how to
work on large-scale team projects. During the course of
my internship, I worked on a variety projects. The primary
project was a large-scale survey system for use by
PepsiCo of South America in Mexico, Brazil, and other
countries. This was designed as a web application that
could be used online in desktop browsers and offline on
android tablets for survey administration. The project
brought with it a large number of challenges with regards
to data organization and migration. I also worked
on a number of WordPress sites, and a website built
upon the CodeIgniter framework.
I went into the internship with some web development
experience, though I was not proficient, nor did I know
modern practices. The team at Star Group was extremely
understanding with regards to my skill-set.
They assured me that they brought me on because it was
apparent that I was driven to learn, and that I could
quickly become an asset to their team.
In the early weeks the developers took turns breaking
off from their tasks to give the interns lessons on modern
development practices and tips and tricks for various
languages. They would also occasionally assign us minor
tasks on which to work, aside from the current development
project, to strengthen our abilities. I appreciated
these extra steps that the developers took, and I came
out of the internship much more capable than when I
I highly recommend an internship to any computer science
student. It is a perfect way to complement the education
that is received in the classroom, and to gain experience
developing in a real-world environment.
Banu Kutlu (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
During my summer internship at the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, I worked as
an Application Analyst at the Information Technologies
Services department. Some of my responsibilities included
understanding the business needs for the Infoporte
system and translating those into system requirements,
developing and implementing these requirements,
performing unit testing on new and modified
components, writing and maintaining queries for
grabbing data from the campus-wide data warehouse
and business intelligence system and finally,
documenting in the bug tracking tool.
During this time, I gained experience in
working with a custom built PHP framework
organized in a Model-View-Controller structure
and got familiar with the object oriented
with database connectivity via PHP (ODBC,
mysqli, oci8) and Object Relational Model
for querying and transactions/CRUD. Various
tools that I have used includes NetBeans,
GIT - distributed version control system,
Mantis - bug tracking tool, Oracle SQL Developer
- Oracle Database IDE that allows
users to do their database tasks. My job mostly
incorporated of implementing and unit
testing the Infoporte’s new release requirements
for the modules that I was responsible
of. In this roll-out, Infoporte system was migrating
its source database from the University’s
data warehouse to the new PeopleSoft
structure. Along with this change, the underlying
security for authorization of pages and
data has changed as well. I’ve mostly involved
on the issues those included migration
and security on the HR, Calendar and Inbox
modules of Infoporte. Doing an internship
had been a great opportunity for me to gain
more experience and allowed me to test my
technical skills so that I could get more prepared
to attain my goal of continuing my career
in the computer science field.
Hima Bindu Gowda (Linx/AS)
Within my study
Computer science, I am interested in designing front
end (UI) for applications. It was a great opportunity for
me to do a 3 month internship on front end designing
with the company LINX-AS. The internship was concentrated
on developing scripts using GuiXT (it is a client-server
system developed by Synactive, Inc. it provides
user-interface customization to SAP standard
screens). In the beginning I had set several goals regarding
the improvement of knowledge on different SAP
modules, improving communication skills and also learn
about the business overview of the company.
During my work period several activities have contributed
to achieve a number of goals. I had an opportunity
to learn GuiXT from the team, I worked with who have
experience in GuiXT and many SAP modules. I participated
in training sessions for ABAP which was very informative.
The session included teaching the concepts
and also practice sessions from the examples. I also had
an opportunity to work on a few ABAP function modules.
I had a great experience working in a team. The
internship was a useful experience. I have found out
what my strengths and weaknesses are; I gained new
knowledge and skills and met many new people. I
achieved many of my learning goals.
At last this internship has given me new insights and motivation
to pursue a career in computer science. To prepare
myself for my future career I can improve several
things. I can work on my Communication skills so that I
am able to present and express myself more confidently.
I could take more courses related to my field of work
and I can practice by taking up interesting projects.
Emily Steele (Madison Square Garden & Radio City Music Hall)
I am currently a
senior at SJU dual majoring in Computer
Science and Film. This summer I interned at
the Madison Square Garden Company and
Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Before I was accepted into the program, I
interviewed with the Marketing department
for web design. I brought with me some sample
work from my Computer Graphics
course to show my abilities. The woman I
interviewed with told me it was too impressive
for her department and recommended
me to the Chief Technology Office. A few
days later I received another call asking me to
come back for a second interview. When I
returned to MSG, the technology department
was also highly impressed with my sample
work. A few hours after I left my interview, I
received a call that I had received the position.
During the summer, I spent much of
my time supplying the department with documentation
for the Knicks and Rangers apps.
I also taught myself Ruby code and updated
and maintained Ruby scripts. In addition to
working at MSG, I also had the chance to
learn behind the scenes tech work for Radio
City Music Hall. I worked on a project involving
softwares known as AUTOCAD and
3DSMax. I was extremely lucky to have
worked at such a renowned company this
summer. The SJU Computer Science department
has supported me fully in all my academic
decisions during my undergraduate
career. I believe that the training and education
I received from the department is the
reason I was given this opportunity. All my
professors pushed me to be the best I could
possibly be and I can’t thank them enough for
their never-ending support and gratitude
during my time here.