Computer Science and Creative Writing Double Major
A native of Healdsburg, California, Paige Anderson is interning in Seattle,
Washington, as a software design engineer for the online retailer Amazon.
She is working with a team, a manager, and a mentor to program an internal tool to help the company keep up with deadlines.
Can you cite an example of how your in-classroom and/or out-of-the-classroom experiences at Knox have benefited you in the internship?
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 this internship experience will benefit you in terms of your education, future career plans, personal development, etc.?
It's one thing to study computer science in a classroom, but it has been really helpful to see a little more of what it is like to be a software engineer in a large tech company. In some ways, it's harder since not only am I programming a tool that could be in use for a while -- not just something that needs to last for a grade -- but I'm also trying to figure out Amazon's tools and procedures while trying to remember everything I've learned in the past three years. At the same time, I've got a manager, mentor, and team members who have been incredibly helpful and understanding when I get stuck or need a little help.
What has been the coolest part of you internship so far?
A lot of the internship has been really cool. For one thing, I'm living in the heart of downtown Seattle, so there's plenty to see and do. Although most days, I'll just want to relax after work, I've explored the city a couple times and I haven't been disappointed. My office has a great view of the city and sometimes, when I need a moment, I watch the streets before going back to work. It is also just great to work at Amazon. The people I'm working with are all very smart and helpful, and it's fascinating to see such a company from the inside.
What have you learned from your internship so far?
I'm learning a lot even though I haven't finished yet. I know I'm going to learn a lot about coding -- especially a language called Ruby -- but I'm also going to be learning a little more about what it is like to work in programming instead of just studying it in the classroom.