Employer & Student Intern Profiles

Christina Bednarek
Christina Bednarek
Tanner Haskins
Tanner Haskins
Michael Fickes
Tanner Haskins
  • Company where Internship Completed: Lord Microstrain
  • About the Company: Develops tiny sensors and systems that are used in a wide range of applications, including advanced manufacturing, off-highway vehicles, commercial and military manned and unmanned vehicles, civil structures, and down-hole tools
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Tasks: Developed code for Node Commander, the software that customers use to configure their wireless sensors
  • In his own Words: "While UVM does a great job teaching software development techniques, my experience at Microstrain was invaluable for my education. Most of the assignments at UVM are completed individually, and can be finished in just a few days. My opportunity this summer involved working on code that had been worked on by many people and was years in the making. I had to make sure that everything I wrote fit well with what other people had already written. I received great mentoring during this internship. I went into this internship with only basic knowledge of C++, but now feel very comfortable working with it. My mentor was always available and willing to help if I wanted it, but he made sure to challenge and teach me rather than simply telling me answers. I would highly recommend pursuing an internship yourself.
James Chad Foley
Tanner Haskins
  • Company where Internship Completed: Dealer.com
  • About the Company: Delivers a full suite of digital marketing tools to the automotive industry
  • Major: Mathematics
  • Tasks: Worked with Analytics and Inventory teams to create models and perform statistical analyses on quantitative and qualitative data
  • In his own Words: "The purpose of an internship is to learn as much as possible about everything relating to the job, the team you're working with, and the company as a whole. Dealer.com is not the kind of company that sits an intern down on day one and draws out a work plan for the length of the internship, they are a company that allows you to learn about all the different problems/challenges employees face every day and expect that you will be inspired to help find solutions to those problems and/or find and solve problems of your own, with the goal being to make Dealer.com better. Throughout my Data Analyst internship with the Inventory team at Dealer.com, I was able to explore the work performed by not only my team members, but employees throughout the company. I was also given the freedom to create my own projects and perform analyses that I thought were interesting. I gained experience dealing with large amounts of quantitative and qualitative data, which allowed me to sharpen my SQL and Unix skills, and I was also able to create models and perform statistical analyses on real life data (as opposed to academic examples) utilizing my R programming skills. I've walked away from my Dealer.com internship with a higher level technical skill set, a better idea of the working dynamic of the Inventory and Analytics teams, and a refined understanding of how Dealer.com operates and the services it provides its clients."