Paige Anderson '14

Paige Anderson

Senior

Healdsburg, California

Computer Science and Creative Writing Double Major

Paige interned in Seattle, Washington, as a software design engineer for the online retailer Amazon.

What was the coolest part of you internship?

For one thing, I was living in the heart of downtown Seattle, so there was plenty to see and do. Although most days I just wanted to relax after work, I explored the city a couple times and wasn't disappointed. My office had a great view of the city and sometimes, when I needed a moment, I watched the streets before going back to work. It was also just great to work at Amazon. The people I worked with were all very smart and helpful, and it was fascinating to see such a company from the inside.

How did your experiences at Knox help you?

One thing Knox has really taught me is how to ask questions and keep asking them until I have a better understanding of what I'm doing and what I still need to do.

How do you think the internship benefited you in terms of your future career plans?

It's one thing to study computer science in a classroom, but it was really helpful to see a little more of what it's like to be a software engineer at a large tech company. In some ways, it's harder because not only was I programming a tool that could be in use for awhile -- not just something that needs to last for a grade -- but I was also trying to figure out Amazon's tools and procedures while attempting to remember everything I learned the past three years. At the same time, I had a manager, mentor, and team members who were incredibly helpful and understanding when I got stuck or needed a little help.