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.
As my time at SHAD ended at Dalhousie University and we all stood outside of the lecture hall, giddy with the relief of having our pitches behind us, the program director pointed out an interesting fact: out of the 6 teams, each with 5 girls and 4 boys, almost all the teams had entirely male presenters representing their business. For some SHAD’s this was a shock and for others the dominating gender difference hadn’t even been noticed (societies values and roles already deeply ingrained in their minds). But as the director made a small speech and asked us to be reflect on why this was the case, and what led up to the choosing of our speakers, I grinned with appreciation for him as well as with the anticipation of my internship.
Communitech is in the heart of downtown Kitchener. It is an innovation hub for tech startups and is currently striving towards creating a Toronto, Waterloo corridor. For the month of August I have been working with the Fierce Founders team, a subdivision of Communitech’s Women in Technology program. Fierce Founders is a bootcamp and accelerator program for women with tech startups that originated with the hopes to lessen and ultimately eliminate the working gender gap (especially in entrepreneurship).
I have had the privilege to work among some of the most passionate, driven and inspiring developers and founders of this program in order to further develop and establish a sustainable service. Twice a year, the top 25 women are selected to work in Communitech, while using their resources and networks to create a solid foundation for their own business’. Of course, in order to up the ante, the top 8 women compete for a $100,000 prize. Next week is the final competition. As a fellow SHAD and I scramble with the last minute preparations - emailing judges, designing the rubrics, making packages and brainstorming the most efficient room distribution and time schedule - we are looking forward to hearing the female founders ideas come to life.
Not only have I already learned to use excel more efficiently, design flowcharts, create databases and attend team meetings, but I have also had the opportunity to explore various career paths, understand what it takes to run a program and get a glimpse into Canada’s tech future! Thank you to Communitech for welcoming me into your business and a big thanks to SHAD for having internships available to us!
Working at Critical Mass has been an amazing experience. Everyday I learn something new. This past month my group and I have been designing an app for the National Music Centre. During this project we have learned so much about user experience. We were given the chance to visit the National Music Centre to conduct research for our lab. We also worked closely with the UX group at critical mass to develop user personas, flow charts and wireframe for our app. Through this position I have learned a lot about problem solving efficiently and understanding your market. This past week we have also been given the wonderful opportunity to job shadow a few roles at Critical Mass. It was so amazing to learn about all the wonderful work they do here from design to market research. Additionally, we were able to try the VR headset they had in their studio. This was definitely an amazing experience. It was especially interesting to see how they integrated that technology with the work they were doing for their clients. I love working with the people in this office and I can't wait for another wonderful week!
Centre for the Development of Open Technology - Ethan Childerhose
Thursday, August 17, 2017
I am currently an intern at CDOT (Centre for the Development of Open Technology). CDOT is a branch of Seneca College that gives students the opportunity to work with industry partners on many different projects ranging from 3D scanning to machine learning. All of this is with an open source focus which means that the projects maintain a level of public access to the work done so they can be built upon in the future.
My fellow SHAD Samantha and I are working on a project dubbed the “Peapod”. The “Peapod” is a device that we are developing for their yearly FSOSS conference (Free Software and Open Source Symposium). FSOSS is a symposium on the topic of open technology. The goal of the “Peapod” is to develop a small device that will track each attendee around the conference building and also will have a three button interface that will allow them to rate the speakers.
Samantha and I were first tasked with proving that a person could be located using WiFi signal strength. We quickly drafted a program in Java and began testing around the various buildings. After we proved that this approach is viable we moved onto designing and fabricating the PCB needed for the device. We are now working on programming the client side and server side. We will then start testing the entire system as a unit and ensure that every component is working as planned, then hopefully it can be mass produced for the conference in October.
Being an Intern at CDOT is an amazing experience. I have always loved programming and circuitry but have never been able to really implement that knowledge. I have learned so much about every facet of tech here at CDOT, such as bash and circuit fabrication. The ability to work in an industry that I would like to get into is invaluable to me. I would choose no other way to spend my August than here interning at CDOT.
Throughout the month of August I have been fortunate enough to work as an intern at McCain Foods Limited; more specifically the Potato Processing Technology Center located in Florenceville, NB. The past two weeks have taught me multitudes about working in a real lab environment and what it is like to be a scientist. I have been able to learn about the different kinds of instruments used in the lab and their purposes. I have helped out in different research trials and have been fortunate enough to get a study of my own to work on. In my study, I run different trials, trying to find a way to reduce oil degradation naturally. This has given me the chance to sharpen my critical thinking skills as there is always a new hurdle to jump over. All in all, my time here has been phenomenal. It was the perfect internship for me as I am super interested in the sciences. Really, it has been an eye opening experience being able to see the process of how a potato grown in the soil can turn into the magnificent food we call a fry. I won’t ever take a fry for granted again.
That's the average number of constituents we, as interns at Terry Beech's Office, are able to reach out to every single day. Our duty mainly revolves around gathering feedback on political issues in our riding (a process known as canvassing). After redrawing the map of the riding and breaking it down according to the new poll stations for our first few days on the job, we moved onto the main dish: hitting the doors. Walking up to someone's front door and inquiring about his/her political standing isn't easy; in fact, we often encounter partisanship or blatant apathy. That being said, this process is vital to the connection between Terry Beech and the people he represents. I was able to note down the concerns of neighbors and strangers alike and know that their voices and opinions are heard and responded to. I look forward to the remaining portion of my time at the office and will continue to take pride in the fact that I am truly impacting and serving the community.
For the month of August I am working at SomaDetect, a small start-up based in Fredericton NB. You’ve probably never heard of it; neither had I before my interview this spring. The company is creating an in-line sensor that allows dairy farmers to measure somatic cell counts and fat content directly in the milking line. These are two of the main indicators of milk quality and herd health.
The idea, the company, and having the opportunity to intern at SomaDetect greatly interested and excited me when I first learned about it, but I was still slightly confused about what they really do. After two weeks here though, I can definitely say I know more than I ever could have imagined about milk quality, what factors affect it, and how useful it is to be able to monitor the quality. In addition to learning about the ins and outs of dairy, my role here has allowed me to see what it really takes to start a company. I’m more aware of the realities and difficulties, as well as the passion, hard work and excitement you must invest into your idea.
As an intern here I have had the chance to try out several different roles. I have worked in marketing by creating a marketing strategy for their social media platforms, and I made a plan for it. Furthermore, I have conducted research into different hormones within milk, participated in and watched experiments, and I also visited a farm to see the sensor working in real life. Working with SomaDetect has been an amazing experience so far, and I look forward to my final two weeks here.
For the past two weeks, I’ve been working at Bhole IP Law, a law firm in downtown Toronto that focuses on intellectual property. I was really excited to begin working here, since I am interested in law so doing an internship through SHAD was a really good opportunity to explore the reality of the career. My role here allows me to see first hand how a modern law firm functions, and how effective marketing can help a business thrive.
As SHAD interns, we are given more responsibility and freedom than a typical intern, but still carry out the usual tasks (ie. filing, running errands). In fact, we were both given initiatives to work on over the process of the month. For example, I have been working with the lawyers on new marketing initiatives, while another SHAD intern is working on streamlining the client intake process using customer relations management (CRM) software. Through the research I conduct as a part of my work, I’ve been able to learn how the world of law is changing, and develop an insight into what the industry of law might look like in the future.
Bhole IP Law will be at the CNE from Friday the 18th to Sunday the 20th in the innovation garage, so stop by if you’re interested in learning more about the firm, intellectual property, or just want to talk about SHAD!