Internship Presentations

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.

I used traditional project management process (PMP) and systems development lifecycle (SDLC) methodology to deliver an interim solution (to be used by all of QVC) that met stakeholder requirements by the August 12, 2016 deadline. In addition, I recommended a solution for the future, which is based on analysis of two tools (Coupa vs. Appian) that QVC purchased some time ago. During the life of the interim solution project, I seamlessly played multiple project roles: Project Manager, Business Analyst, Technical Lead, Developer & Tester, Documenter, and Trainer. I educated myself in utilization of the tools used to build the solution via: (1) SharePoint Site administration training; (2) myQVC intranet configuration tool training; (3) self-education of SharePoint Designer tool & SharePoint 2007; and (4) capitalizing on prior html, CSS, Javascript, and Visio knowledge.

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.

During the summer of 2016, I worked in the field of mobile application development. I was responsible for creating iOS and android applications from scratch for the Diabetes Networking Tool (DNT). I used react native framework by Facebook for development of mobile applications. During my work, I utilized react concepts like JSX (JavaScript Syntax Extension), components, state and props. I coordinated with the medical research remote team at Johns Hopkins University. I got the chance to work on requirement analysis, planning, technical analysis, design, code, debug, and test mobile applications. I collaborated with a graphic designer on creating an innovative wireframe design solution.

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 webpage, in which I used jQuery UI library, JavaScript and CSS3 to design an interactive accordion menu contains the 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 JavaScript, jQuery, JSON, and HTML5 to create interactive maps for the library. 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 program.

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 skills in PHP, HTML, CSS, SASS, JavaScript, jQuery, MySQL, and MongoDB. I also gained experience working with content management systems such as WordPress and Drupal.

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 started.

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 design aspects of PHP and JavaScript and also 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.

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