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How to set stretch goals for a development team [closed]

We are looking at bringing on five college interns for the summer to help out with some development projects. Each one will be given a fairly stand-alone project that we are hoping he will be able to ...
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What is expected from a programmer as an intern? [closed]

I was hired as an intern at a company that mainly deals with civil and environmental engineering. I am their only programmer and the project they assigned me seems impossible for someone of my ...
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How to rate your understanding of a programming language? [duplicate]

Background: (may skip): I am currently in my second year at university studying Computer Science and applying for placement positions for a year of work. One application I have run into is asking me ...
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How can I salvage my internship?

I'm currently working as an intern at a very large, non-software development company. The position I applied for wasn't specifically a development position, but the team that hired me wanted a CS ...
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Never had a job - Will it matter for internship? [duplicate]

On my 20 years on this planet I have never had a job. I am a CS student who just finished his first year at uni with a 3.8 GPA. I will be applying for internships next fall, and I will have a nice ...
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What is expected of an intern iOS SDK programmer from self-taught arena? [duplicate]

edit: I'm asking for samples an intern would want to show, please don't answer soft-skills that get this marked as a dupe, it is NOT. To be more specific, what sample apps and background, is minimum ...
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GSOC along with an internship [duplicate]

I was selected as an intern in an IT company after a pretty rigorous test. Now i currently have a good chance in getting selected in GSoC as indicated by my mentors. Is it impossible to work for both ...
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Internship along with Google Summer of Code? [closed]

I am wondering about how much time Google Summer of Code typically takes. I do have an internship lined up for this summer, but GSoC seems like quite an awesome experience. I also really want to get ...
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Undergrad internship career path [closed]

I am a CS student currently searching internship positions that are important to my future career. I am passionate about web design and development and it is really what I think my niche is in the ...
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Software developer interview questions: is speed everything? [closed]

Maybe I'm just less smart than other people but for once I'd like to say that all the puzzles, riddles, code questions and code-on-paper exercises seem just a bit hard to me. I've always thought of ...
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Can my company give IP rights away for an application I wrote off hours to another startup? [closed]

I am an intern for a health company (unpaid), let's call it Company A and I noticed that they are using a lot of paper form for things that can be done on the computer. Excel files for things that ...
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How to inspire an intern with programming? [closed]

The situation is this - we took an intern for a summer with a mind that if he will catch up during summer, we will keep him as a part time junior developer. We took him after his first year in ...
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How much should I know before looking for an internship? (self-taught with math background)

The only formal education I received is 2.5 years as a major in pure maths with computer applications (sounds like an oxymoron, but basically it's pure maths with some courses on algorithms, discrete ...
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Is hiring a “chief intern” a good idea?

I'm starting an internship program for our software department and I was wondering about creating a position ("chief intern", intern supervisor, or whatever one should call it) with the following ...
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Are R&D mini-projects a good activity for interns?

I'm going to be in charge of hiring some interns for our software department soon (automotive infotainment systems) and I'm designing an internship program. The main productive activity "menu" I'm ...
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I'm the .1x programmer at my company. How can I best contribute? [closed]

I work at a newly-minted startup of five people. We have a Ph. D in machine learning, a former member of the RSpec core team, and the guy who compiles the Git binary for OS X. That's just the ...
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Internship vs Open Source in terms of experience [closed]

I'm currently a second year undergraduate Computer Science student. I'm having a hard time deciding to either apply for an internship or spend the summer back home, working on some fields I feel I ...
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Mentoring Millennials [closed]

I'm in the process of revamping our company's software development internship program and the area I'm most passionate on is implementing an enjoyable and effective student/intern mentoring program. ...
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Should I drop in on local businesses and offer my services as an intern to get experience?

I am trying to get an entry-level developer job, but have no relevant experience. I am able to code C#, SQL, HTML, and CSS and understand principles of OOP and have completed a couple of applications ...
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How to react to wrong/not answered questions during interview?

Today I have held my first interview with potential interns. While this has been mostly open questions, I have had some trivial programming tasks for them: Write a function that returns true if ...
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interview for an internship but I think I may be unprepared

I have an interview for a C++ internship position. Now, the thing is I've taken two out of three quarters of the basic CS classes (in C++) at my community college and we covered the basics up to ...
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Are interviews required for software/programming internships? [closed]

Do companies interview prospective software or programming interns? Do any companies use video interviews? Thanks.
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Get a Programming Internship if you don't know programming? Learning instead? [closed]

Is it possible to get an internship to learn programming if you've say only had one classs in visual basic? For example, I want to learn any programming language, but I've only taken 1 class in ...
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Should I expect to know a lot about every language I put on my resume as a college student?

If I am asked to program an algorithm, say binary search, in languages other than Java during an interview, I will have a hard time trying to remember the syntax. Is it okay to tell my interviewer ...
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Internship Pay Reasonable? [closed]

I received an offer at two companies for a spring co-op. They are both software engineering related. The first company(C1) offered me 22/hr. Is $22/hr + housing stipend a reasonable offer? The area ...
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How to handle management pushing legacy systems?

I am currently on a paid internship, and have been tasked with maintaining an obsolete system that has been developed by multiple developers (at different times) over the course of the past 5 years. ...
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How can I secure a short-term programming job or internship abroad?

I am planning to go to the UK or Ireland (but it could be any location, generally speaking) for 3-6 months in about a year or so and would like to be part of a software development team there. I am ...
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What are some good tasks to assign co-op students/interns?

My company is investigating hiring a University Computer Science co-op student (BSc year 3) for a 4- or 8-month work term. (I'm not sure how internationally-recognized the term co-op is - it's ...
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suggesting large changes/a rewrite as an intern

The context: it's an internal project (that I don't think a lot of people use) it's old we're updating it The issues: it abuses the mvc framework (no use of models, business logic in views, etc) ...
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Should programmers stay at the internship they had before they graduated?

I have heard several times from multiple people that "you shouldn't stay at the job you first arrived at as an intern before you got your BS degree". The thing I don't remember is: why not? History: ...
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Should I be concerned if I have nothing to do during an internship?

I have been an intern at this company for about four months now. At first, it was great because I didn't have a ton of hours, the work was interesting, and it didn't interfere with school. However, ...
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Is age a factor when looking for internships? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it ever too old to learn how to become a programmer? I'm 30 years old going back to school for a 2nd degree in Computer Science. I will be transferring to my local ...
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Matching my skills with Java and Web Programming

here is my main question: What is the most common way that Java is used in web development? The reason I ask: I am currently in the process of finding my first internship. Every employer has a ...
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Making an internship most effective, useful and fun for both parties

We're currently interviewing few candidates for an internship, which is a really new experience for us as a company and for me personally as a team lead/manager. What would be the most effective and ...
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How does one manage an intern effectively? [duplicate]

An intern will be starting with us soon for a couple months before going off to university. The intern is straight-out of high school and has some programming experience, but has never taken a ...
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Overwhelmed at Internship [closed]

My best friend just started his internship a month ago. The problem is he is discouraged. He was a good A+ student at school, and he is feeling that he doesn't know anything at all. The issues he is ...
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Why are IT and development job titles so cryptic?

I'm a new intern in a fairly large company's IT department. I've been learning a whole lot of stuff and I'm loving every minute of it. However, the more people I meet in the company, the less I ...
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How many questions are appropriate to ask as an intern?

So, I just started an internship, and I'm worried that I'm asking too many questions. My mentor assigns me projects and helps me learn all the company's technologies and methodologies. However, ...
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Interview approaches and questions for a software developer intern

What are some good ideas, common approaches and appropriate questions that you would bring when interviewing a software development intern to join your team? I really don't have expectations of any ...
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Looking for unpaid interns (2) - am I crazy? [closed]

Edit - 6/10/11 in response to first batch of responses: Wow, what a response. Let me speak to a few points. I already stated that I will have a curriculum, and my intention is to teach people the ...
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Red flags of unpaid IT internship [closed]

I read the following question: Tips for a first year CS student looking for a summer internship to gain experience? But rather than how to get and/or look for internships, my questions concerns of how ...
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Would it be harmful to have a company that frequently has security blunders on your resume?

I'm about to take a position with a certain group that hasn't been getting very good press about their computer security. Even if my job doesn't really pertain to that sort of work, am I still in ...
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Applied Mathematics Degree For a Software Engineer (and Software Internships For Math Majors) [closed]

Here's the skinny: I love math. I think math is fun and exciting and that it teaches you to think analytically. I also love programming. The ability to create systems and apps that no one before me ...
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Doing two internships simultaneously? [closed]

I need advice and I would appreciate your help. I recently got accepted for two internships, both require me to work 20 hours a week, and am wondering, is it wise to accept both and work 40 hours a ...
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Junior Programmer Looking for Project Management Advice & Experience

I am a programming intern at a company in Australia. Is it normal for a programmer to be given a project that has to be completed within a week? For example, I have been given a task to create a ...
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What benefits should an intern look for aside from pay? [closed]

What things should an intern look for in an internship outside of the amount paid?
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What are the benefits to a dev team for taking on an intern for the summer?

My Dev team is entertaining the idea of taking on a summer intern or two. It's clear the benefits the intern gets out of such an engagement, but what benefits would the Dev team hosting the intern ...
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Holding a presentation about what you've done

I have to give a presentation next week to my supervisor and my teacher about the activities I have performed during my internship. I've never been good at presentations and become nervous really ...
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How can we integrate use of a foreign language into an internship?

We have a few interns here that have orders from college to integrate speaking, reading, and writing French into their internship. All of them are working on developing their own web application, and ...
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I'm scared for my technical phone interview for an internship! [closed]

[EDIT 2.0 ]Hello everyone. This is my second phone interview for a development internship. My very first one was okay, but I didn't get my dream internship. Now, I'm facing fears about this upcoming ...