Friday, August 1, 2014

Q&A with Janis Jimenez, intern at ViaSat

Janis Jimenez, a computer science major at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, is participating in ViaSat Inc.’s internship program this summer. The internship program selects student interns every summer from the best universities to work at ViaSat and contribute to real projects. For example, these projects include assisting in test and development of ViaSat satellite communications systems. Janis is working at the company’s Carlsbad office with the Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering (AESE) department. In this Q&A (courtesy of ViaSat) she talked about her experiences.

 Q: What is the focus of your internship project?
A: Our department is AESE.  We are working on a web application that combines business metrics for the company along with security.  That was our project summary when we were hired. Things have stayed pretty vague because they have let us have some input.
Q: Why did you want to intern at ViaSat?
A: I heard from other people that I would be working with a team of interns. I have only been a single intern on a team of full time employees before. So it was something new to try out.
 Q: What is the best part about working with your team? Or supervisor?
A: The best part is that we are all in the same room, so we get to communicate a lot. If we get stuck we can just ask each other for help or we come up with better ideas by brainstorming on the whiteboard.
Q: What is the one thing you are hoping to accomplish during your internship?
A: I am hoping to pick up several new technologies, which I have already started doing. Specifically new languages and software.
Q: What has been your favorite meal at ViaSat so far?
A: I really like the meal at the most recent Tech Talk. It had two different types of pastas, bread, and a dessert. It was great.
Q: Favorite place to work on the Carlsbad campus?
A: I like to stay in the office. We have an office with a window and it is pretty nice in there.
Q: What is one word that describes your internship experience?
A: Collaborative
Q: After the internship ends, what is one thing you will take with you?
A: Experience of the office atmosphere, especially working with a team in a full time job.
Q: One fun fact about yourself!
A: I played the piano and clarinet. 

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