I was able to meet some great people through networking events and office chatting. I learned a lot about what it is like to work for an industry as opposed to acedemia. These past three months further strengthened my career choice. I truly do not feel like I worked even though I accomplished quite a bit. I also learned that working slowly but consistently is much more effective.
I had difficulty getting housing as many of the options given to me were unavailable for only 3 months. I ended up coming to the internship without housing for the first few days. I also had to get 3 offer letters because the first 2 were blank.
Advice to Potential Interns
You will not regret a decision to join HP for your job. There is an element of freedom here and you are basically expected to do work. Coming a little late and working at different times is ok here. As an intern, I feel as though I learned many life skills in the past 3 months.
Sample Interview Questions
What would you do if you had data that needed to be secure and readily accessible?
Describe the basic elements of programming: Pointers, Data Types, recursion, etc.
Describe the basic ideals of programming: Coupling, Multithreading, synchronous vs asynchronous, etc
What have you done in computer science? Projects? Assignments? Classes?
Advice to Management
Since there was basically nothing that I disliked about my internship it is difficult to find things to improve. I do wish that it was made clear to me that there is a technical career path. I initially believed that to move up, you must go to management. As someone who likes doing technical things, this news was mindblowing.