Scott Foltz ’17 is a Computer Science major who was a Software Developer Intern for Starchup Inc. as a as part of the Carthage in Chicago program.
Give three words that sum up your internship experience.
Challenging, Self-driven, Involvemen.
How did you learn about your internship?
“I applied at an internship with a company called Rippleshot and they did not have a correct fit for me, but they sent my information to other organizations. A handful of companies contacted me and Starchup happened to be one of them.”
Describe your internship.
“I am currently developing and adding features to Starchup’s existing Android applications. I am currently the only one employed by Starchup working on the Android applications. I do front-end development and add features and fix bugs on the back-end.”
What do you enjoy most about your internship? What are some of the challenges?
“I enjoy the fact that I am directly contributing to the success of the company. I have released a handful of updates that have been published to the play store, along with releasing a separate Android application onto the play store. It is a very rewarding experience. There are a handful of different challenges that come with this internship, but the main one is being on my own. Almost every day I am working alone, either in the office or at home. The only contact I have with my supervisor usually is through instant messaging. He does a great job with helping me, but he is not an Android developer which is tough when I have an Android-related issue that he doesn’t know how to help me fix. But the fact that I work alone is also a good thing. I like the challenge of learning things on my own.”
How does your internship fit with your long-term career goals?
“I have learned that this is something that I want to do for the rest of my life. I think as I gain more experience and knowledge in this field that I can be successful. If I put myself in the position to succeed in this profession, I think it will be a great experience and I will love what I do for the rest of my life.”
During your internship search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
“Since I did not have any experience going into this, I simply just tried to appear as approachable as possible. I wanted to make it seem that I can fit in with a small group of people. I had great conversations with the people that I interviewed with. I also wanted to convey to the best of my abilities to show how hard of a worker I am because I find that to be a strong suit of myself.”
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?
“The use of glassdoor, indeed, and many other sites online to find internships are great. They brought so many opportunities and all I needed to do was make an account and I get notifications of internships everyday.”
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
“Make connections. If a person tells you no, that’s okay, they know someone that can give you an opportunity. Do not be afraid to ask people questions about any other opportunities within the company or if they know anyone looking for interns. Also, find a paid internship preferably.”