Name: Maisha Rumelia Rahman
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Interning with: Pay Pal Inc.
Position: Software Engineer Intern
What are your everyday responsibilities as an intern?
Working in the infrastructure team to build an internal tool for PayPal developers.
What was your favorite part of the internship?
My favorite parts of the internship were the tremendous amount of knowledge I gained and the friends I made at work.
How do you think this experience will help you in the future?
This experience allowed me to take the theory that I had learned in the classroom and apply it in a real-world setting. Having the opportunity to make sense of and work with large systems in a big organization was an added bonus. I believe both of these things will aid me in future opportunities.
How did IWU help you to land this internship or prepare you for it?
I was able to secure and complete this internship, firstly, because of the strong theoretical foundations that the Computer Science department at IWU equipped me with. Besides challenging students academically, the CS faculty also push us to pursue opportunities outside of the classroom and help us in any way they can e.g. preparing for interviews and reviewing technical details in resumes. I believe that the support from the CS department was a big reason why I was able to land this and previous opportunities and would like to give a special shout out to the chair of the department, Professor Liffiton, who is always a champion for his students. I would also like to add that IWU’s strong liberal arts education prepared me to communicate effectively with my teammates and allowed me to be more creative in my approaches to solve problems (the design concepts I learned in the courses for my Graphic Design minor were especially helpful in this regard) - both of which aided immensely in making my internship a success.