For the past three weeks, I’ve been interning with Narrows Consulting. Narrows is a professional consulting firm that provides financial and business management advice to small and medium sized businesses. They work closely with their clients to help them achieve their goals as a company. I’ve been able to apply the things I learned from working on our final project at Queen’s to my daily tasks with Narrows. I’m currently helping them develop a marketing plan for one of the companies they work with. We take into consideration the target market, key competitors and future possibilities for the company. The same company is also looking at an upcoming fall promotion, and I’ve been helping them decide on a name, a logo and special offers. It’s been fun to be able to get a little creative. During my time here, I’ve learned so much about the different aspects of business and finances. It’s been a very educational experience for me, and I know I will take the information I’ve learned with me as I pursue a post-secondary education and a career in the future.
Hatch is a company that is focused on the development of unique engineering solutions and the implementation of new innovations to solve large-scale industrial problems. My placement in the geotechnical engineering team at Niagara Falls focuses on the energy sector and specifically embankment dams. Since each site and location of a hydroelectric plant is different, each project possesses its own unique difficulties and challenges.
As an aspiring engineer, this internship has given me valuable insight into the complex design process of overcoming the technical issues of an engineering project. Through interactions with new engineers entering the workplace to veterans with more than 45 years of experience, their experiences have shown me the journey and professional advancement in the industry.
In addition to the 2D and 3D CAD (computer-aided design) skills I have learned, this opportunity has also allowed me to develop and improve my ‘soft’ skills such as networking and maintaining professional relationships. 100% this is a great experience and gave me the ability to truly apply the knowledge and skills from SHAD.
After an amazing month studying STEAM related topics at Dalhousie with a great group of students, I thought that nothing could top that. However, I had yet to start my internship at the distinguished engineering firm H.H. Angus & Associates Ltd.
With over 90 years of engineering excellence, H.H. Angus is a great contributor to the engineering and building services community, and has achieved many engineering firsts. The past two weeks have been a truly incredible, eye-opening experience. On my first day I was received into a welcoming environment, and was even introduced to President and CEO, Harry Angus, himself! So far I have completed a wide array of tasks, each one teaching me valuable skills. I have had the opportunity to work in CAD, placing everything from lights to CCTV cameras in virtual hospital rooms. This internship position is vey rewarding, because I know that what I do will ultimately have an affect on real patients. I have also been exposed to the project management aspect of the engineering process through creating schedules, marking up floor plans, and ensuring all tasks are accounted for. My most recent project has been to create a company-wide template for a Statement of Work document. It’s very exciting to know that my work will have a lasting impact on the company!
My time at H.H. Angus has been exceptional, and has allowed me to grow and experience my passion for engineering first hand in a work place environment. I am deeply honoured to be the SHAD intern at H. H. Angus, and I am also very thankful to SHAD for giving me this fantastic opportunity!
Paul Keenan, SHAD Acadia ' 88 and Sylvia Gehring, SHAD Dalhousie '17
For the past month, I’ve been interning at Kaleidosports, a company from Kitchener, Ontario. They sell sports equipment, like custom hockey jerseys, custom hockey socks, as well as custom goalie hockey sticks, through online stores.
I’m really enjoying the internship as a challenge and learning experience. Not only do I get to practise some of my skills in the real world, like web design/development and programming, I also get to work with the company’s owner and experience what an employee-boss relationship is like. To my surprise, it’s been awesome!
All in all, I’m really enjoying this experience thus far.
My internship is at Communitech, whose mission is to help Tech Startups grow. Communitech is based in the Waterloo Region, where due to the proximity of the University of Waterloo, many Tech Startups tend to flourish. Communitech acts as a catalyst by providing resources for Startups such as mentors, a space to work, connections to other Startups, and opportunities to pitch to potential investors. Inside the building you’ll find vibrant murals and thought-provoking furniture; with a Gratitude Wall of sticky notes, a slide from the third to second floor, a fireman’s pole from the fourth to third floor, a deck, a ping-pong table, a world map made of circuit boards, and many goat references.
At Communitech, I’m working with the Talent Team on a project to provide recruitment resources to Startups. The reasoning behind that is Tech Startups rarely have HR personnel and for most of them, it will be their first time making a hire. In the past, Communitech has held a series of workshops aimed towards this audience to initiate them on the basics, however, due to the fact that not everyone could make it to the workshops, it was decided to put the content online in a member portal. I’m helping to put together resources from the workshops and drawing content from other places to make a conglomeration of info for Startups to access. I’ve learned about the process that businesses go through to hire an employee, and it’s interesting for me because I can kind of see what it's like to be on both sides of the table in a job interview.
This month I am interning in the IT department at McInnes Cooper, Atlantic Canada's largest law firm. I walked in without much of an IT background, but the team at McInnes Cooper helped me utilize the skills I had and build on those immensely. I'm very fortunate, because unlike most internships where you work with one team, I have the opportunity to work with a new one every week. I began with the Training team. I participated in their online training courses, used to teach employees how to use the firm software. I was also given the task of writing articles for the knowledge base section of McInnes Cooper's employee website. These KB articles vary from explaining how to save a PDF, to saving shortcuts the Quick Access Toolbar in Microsoft Word. This week I also get to work with the Help Desk team. They are currently implementing a massive core software update to Windows 10, and it's really interesting to see how much of an impact that can have on a company. I'm really excited to see what's in store for next week. This internship is an amazing opportunity that has shown me how much work goes in behind the scenes at a law firm. It has taught me so many skills that I will take with me for the rest of my life.
I was so excited back in June when I received an email from CCR2P (Canadian Center for Responsibility to Protect) for an internship offer, and that excited has not dissipated. Like many other SHAD, I find the prospect of free time paramount to anarchy, especially after having spent a month with literally every second planned. So not only was I excited to have some structure for the second half of summer, but also extremely grateful for the opportunity for continued and intentional involvement in the SHAD community.
The CCR2P internship is divided into two parts. The first part involves reading a healthy prescribed number of documents that describe the history, relevancy, and application of R2P (Responsibility to Protect). R2P is a doctrine that very strongly urges the involvement of the international community in order to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity. For information please visit http://ccr2p.org/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Responsibility_to_protect . The way in which R2P seeks to involves the international community is by redefining “sovereignty as responsibility”. Independence can also be used as a synonym for sovereignty, and in this way many parallels can be drawn to our own personal lives in the way we engage in community and relationships.
The second part of the internship has only just begun for us. In this upcoming week, us SHAD interns will be working in our groups to find ways to engage others in the critical thinking that R2P invokes. We are doing this by helping promote a film festival and also making framework though which we can invite our schools and communities to be a part of R2P conversation. I’m still so excited for this internship opportunity and I look forward to having had an intentional and meaningful summer.
It’s an honour being a part of the internship program at Careerleaf, and believe me when I say it’s quite an experience. Careerleaf is a Toronto-based technology company that builds job board platforms for businesses and organizations around the world, revolutionizing the user experience for job-seekers and employers. For more information regarding Careerleaf, you can check out their website: Careerleaf.com.
At Careerleaf, the interns are constantly involved with various projects. Recently, our marketing team has been working on lead list generation, sales funnel UX/UI optimization, and market research. On the other hand, our development team has been involved with wireframing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and programming and app development. As an intern, I have the opportunity to see the world of marketing from a new perspective, and exercise what I already know in a workplace environment; this is a rare and valuable experience for the average high school student. I’ve learned that there’s more to a website than what appears on the surface; hours and hours of brainstorming, planning and designing are allocated to just one webpage! I’ve learned how important it is to understand your customer base and recognize their needs. Market research is crucial for every business, B2B and B2C alike. Most importantly, I’ve learned that marketing boils down to the nuances, like how a website is organized, or how visual aids are used to support information.
It’s been a wild 2 weeks here so far, and I’m excited for what’s to come!
My internship at Christie Digital has been quite an eye-opening experience so far. Due to my interest in the field of engineering as a potential career option, it’s an amazing opportunity to be immersed in an environment where I can learn about a type of engineering I’ve never considered before – optical engineering.
As an Engineering Assistant, I am currently collecting data on all the projectors that Christie has produced to create a catalogue of their characteristics; this is something that hasn’t been done before, but would create a lot of convenience for everyone in the future, and I’m really happy to be working on something that will be impactful later on, even after I’ve finished my internship.
I was pretty confused for the first week, but quickly got the hang of it. It’s a bit complicated to explain, but my project involves measuring the light output of each individual projector using a spectrometer. This output is crucial in ensuring the colours of images are reproduced accurately. It’s awesome to be able to work with equipment I’d otherwise never get to use, and it’s also given me a chance to refine my Microsoft Excel skills – although it’s likely the latter will be much more useful in my future career and studies.
I’ve loved it so far, and I’m really excited for what the last two weeks will bring!
P.S. – Christie has a special something in August: ‘Ice Cream Thursdays’. Without fail, at 2:00 pm, a cheery tune will be played over the intercom, prompting everyone to head down to the cafeteria and get an icy treat :D
Over the past few weeks, I have been working at JiApp, a startup based in Toronto. Due to the nature of startups, I am able to see many different aspects of the business and I have had a pretty flexible schedule. A lot of our work is done remotely and over the phone, allowing me to experience firsthand how technology has impacted workflow.
However, I have gone downtown and experienced the joys of commuting during rush hour. Recently, me and two other SHAD interns have been working on promotional videos, which took us from Dundas to Bay Street, then to Union Station and harbour front. We also got to have lunch with two other SHAD interns from another company and share our experiences.
I focus mainly on managing our social media accounts (@jiapp_) and planning our upcoming events (come visit us at the CNE Innovation Garage this Friday to Sunday!) which ranges from designing a snapchat filter to contacting possible sponsors. It’s been really great because we get a lot of creative freedom and the experience is really what you make it out to be.
It’s definitely an untraditional working experience, but I’ve enjoyed it immensely.