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Lauren Harris


Computer Science and Political Science Double Major

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

During the summer of 2013, Lauren Harris was a software development
engineer intern at Microsoft.

Tell us more about your summer internship.
I worked as a software development engineer intern on Lync. Lync is a chat and video client similar to Skype that is aimed at enterprise customers. Unfortunately, due to my non-disclosure agreement, I cannot go into further detail about my work on Lync. I was given the same responsibilities as a full-time employee would have been given. I learned a lot about assessing problems and asking the right questions.

Can you cite an example of how your in-classroom and/or out-of-the-classroom experiences at Knox benefited you in the internship?
I learned a lot in Professor John Dooley's software development class, which helped me adapt to the development style at Microsoft. Programming an assignment for a class is very different than submitting code at a very large company. Learning the code base is one of the toughest tasks, and having experience working with unfamiliar code is very valuable.

What was the best part of your internship?
I would say that the Intern Signature event was my favorite part. We received unreleased Surface Pros and saw Macklemore and Deadmou5 live for a private, secret concert. The Signature event demonstrates Microsoft's commitment to its interns, as well as the investment they are willing to take in our futures.

What inspired you to pursue the internship?
I applied to such a large company because I wanted to have impact as a developer. When I make a change in code, I know that it will affect thousands, possibly millions of users worldwide.

What did you learn from your internship?
One of the most rewarding aspects of my internship was being expected to perform at the level of a new hire. I was treated as though I were an employee, rather than "just" an intern.

Lauren Harris at Microsoft