I arrived at Cheezburger 3 months ago today. My last day will be a week from now. In these few weeks, my technical skills have found fertile ground to take root and grow. The excitement of actively contributing to and influencing a real and epic vision has shown me how broadly I can apply myself. While I’ve been programming professionally since I was 19, the environment was intensely academic, so my knowledge limited me more than my ability to implement. Having goals which are rather less grandiose than transforming the field of computational metrology has allowed me to innovate with purpose and direction.
Amongst the most rewarding experiences I’ve had is working on a pre-existing dynamic code base with a large team. Previously, I would work with (maybe) one other person, and usually build something from scratch. I still really don’t know how the whole thing works, but I understand how I can make it work. That has changed my perspective on development, and opened worlds of projects to me.
Apart from my technical advancement, I discovered that the business skills which pissed off my superiors to no end while I was in academia are actually valued at Cheezburger. Successfully pushing the build process redesign during CheezDevCon was deeply validating for me, and I think reflects extremely well on Cheezburger–as an intern, it was pleasantly surprising to find that I could actually impact the company in such a short time.
This summer has been truly transformative, and I’ve tried to exploit it for all it’s worth. There is, I’ve found, too much to gain. I’ll be back in Seattle–if not to work for Cheezburger, then at least to express my gratitude. Thanks Burgers!