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.
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.