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Learning mindsets and putting your best foot forward: My internship at IntegrationWorks

By Galena Ilg
April 13 2021

Posted in Blog, Student Stories

Ami from IntegrationWorks

This blog post is by Ami Paghadal, an alumni from our Summer of Tech 2020 programme. She interned at IntegrationWorks. Ami is passionate about supporting more students to succeed through Summer of Tech. Thank you Ami for sharing your internship story, experience, and top tips for students!

How I found out about Summer of Tech

Like every other final year student, I was looking for an opportunity to apply the skills I gained during my studies and learn more along the way. At the time, I was not quite sure if this opportunity would come my way considering we were in the middle of a global pandemic. However, I was determined to persevere. I used to host a local radio show, and it was during one of these shows meeting a guest speaker mentioned the Summer of Tech internship programme. I hadn’t heard much about this programme at the time, but I did some research and shortly had my profile up and running.

My Summer of Tech journey began

My Summer of Tech journey began shortly. After multiple online meets and greet and many zoom interviews, I had reached the final stage – offers day. I was incredibly lucky to have received multiple offers and decided to go with IntegrationWorks. After all the paperwork was done, it was time to relocate to Wellington. I left Christchurch with a lot of nervousness and excitement, ready to start a new chapter in my life.

Interning at IntegrationWorks

I started at IntegrationWorks where I was given my first project. I am not going to lie, it was pretty overwhelming. I had an idea about serverless architecture, but I didn’t have much JavaScript experience (which was the language chosen to implement our solution). However, I had a great mentor at IntegrationWorks, Jono, who broke our project into digestible-sized pieces of work and walked me through what I needed to do. Along with working on our internal project, I was given exposure to a range of other new and exciting tools and technologies. Working at IntegrationWorks meant that I had to learn how to use and implement integration solutions on a range of Integration platforms such as MuleSoft and Dell Boomi. I even managed to get certified in a few during the course of my internship!

It’s funny to think that my summer of tech internship has come to end, especially when it feels like I just started! The learning opportunities at IntegrationWorks allowed me not only to grow my technical skills but gave me an insight into a services company from a business point of view. IntegrationWorks provided continuous support by giving me a buddy to ease my transition into the company and introducing me to past interns that are now full-time employees to learn from their experiences. Having constant access to these co-workers allowed me to feel supported and looked after. I am so thankful for this experience and am ready to continue this journey as a full-time IntegrationWorks employee!

Top Tips to a successful SoT experience

If you are interested in registering for Summer of Tech in 2021 – woohoo! Click here to get started https://summeroftech.co.nz/register/. Have questions, comments, concerns? Easy – let us know at info@summeroftech.co.nz.

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