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Meet SM: Quality Assurance Intern At SinglePlatform

August 18, 2015 by

Career/Interactive intern SM Mashuque is 17 years old and attends Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy (BETA). He works in quality assurance this summer at SinglePlatform.

Beginnings

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
– Abraham Lincoln

My favorites subjects are math, science and history. I came to New York five years ago in hopes of a better future. Since I was a kid, I was very interested in computers and wanted to be a computer engineer or a pilot when I grew up. One day when surfing the Internet, I made a discovery  of the “view source” option when I right click on a page. I could then change the title of the page by changing the text in an HTML tag. At that moment I was really amazed and wanted to learn about coding and web development.

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Code / Interactive

I joined C/I about 8 months ago and became the best thing I could have done. I was always interested in computers and technology. I hoped to someday get a job in the tech field but I was not exposed to that world, until C/I allowed me to experience that world. C/I has motivated me to learn how to code, prepared me to be ready for the internship through many job readiness sessions while giving me the opportunity to intern in a tech company. And for this – not only I am thankful, but also I have huge gratitude for C/I.

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Since the first day at SinglePlatform, everyone at my company have been very good mentors and generously kind to me. At SinglePlatform – I learned a lot of python, GitHub and how to use terminals to do stuff like run a VM, use a debugger, push and pull branch commits, search for files using grep and other things. I have worked on tickets that require bug fixes. I learned how to write unit tests; after writing unit tests I have to make sure it passes when running it. I learned that team communication and collaboration is important. During my internship, SinglePlatform would have daily stand ups where everybody would discuss what they did yesterday and what they will work on today. And they have lots of meetings before the start of a sprint. One sprint is two weeks, after working on projects for two weeks everybody has a meetings where they discuss what went well in that sprint and what they can improve on for the next sprint.

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Future

There is a lot of things to learn in computer science. I am going major in computer science and I think this internship gave me an excellent early insight about careers in computer science. All of my coworkers are awesome and some of them are pure geniuses. One thing I learned from my internship experience is that I have the potential of become a very good programmer, if I continue to work hard, keep learning and never stop. Now my mind is set on going to college, expanding my knowledge about programming and looking out for new opportunities that I might come across.

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