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Caroline Hickey: MISM

Caroline interned as a software engineer at Smarty during Winter Semester 2022.

Describe a day in your life as an intern.

I would go to work, talk with my coworkers, consult with technical and normal product managers, work with my boss, work on projects, and learn. :)

What industry/job specific skills did you learn?

I learned a lot about Geographical Information Systems and Python.

What are three things that you learned from this experience that could be applied to other settings?

I learned how to work better with classes and objects in Python, how to program with QT Designer, and how to work effectively with technical and product managers.

What was your favorite part of your internship?

I loved working in the code, learning new things, and meeting new people.

How did this experience affect your future goals?

I think it has given me more confidence in the goals I already had.

How did you get your internship?

I worked with them the summer before - but ultimately I reached out to the CEO through email for an internship last year and he interviewed.

How did this experience contribute to your growth?

Personal: I made new friends and learned how to deal with interesting inter-work problems. Academic: I learned new skills, like the ones I have already mentioned. Professional: I have learned how to work with different departments and people.

This is me with two coworkers at DisneyWorld! Smarty took all their employees to DisneyWorld! From the left to right: Shaylee Kartchner, Savannah Herbon Ryan, Caroline Hickey.