Day one in the office you’re thrown into the deep end of a pool of experienced co-workers who are extremely technically gifted and have a natural ability to pass their knowledge on to those around them. These employees are the driving force behind a well-structured internship program that puts everything in place for a student who is willing to seek help and learn from others.
A strict open door policy gives you the opportunity to reach out to leaders in every department of the company; allowing you to meet and learn from some of the firm’s most highly ranked employees. As a perfect example, I had no more than a few working days under my belt before finding myself in the office of CEO Curt Stevenson who was more than happy to set aside thirty minutes to answer the questions of an Irish intern who had just hopped off a plane!
Such a welcoming environment makes it easy for you to settle in quickly and get into your comfort zone–and when I say comfort zone, I don’t mean the office’s couch area that is littered with bean bags and has an Xbox, a Wii and even a dartboard! I simply mean it’s a place where you can feel free to share your own opinions and are encouraged not to shy away from questioning someone even if they have more knowledge and experience than you.
This company really does raise the bar when it comes to educating their employees. The existence of AP University as well as a Director of Training who constantly pushes the need for continuous learning emphasizes Agencyport’s belief in staying up to date in the ever expanding software industry. Regular training programs, ‘lunch and learn’ sessions and the invaluable experiences gained in your daily tasks add up to create a world of education and learning–epitomizing the ideal environment for an intern.
Looking back, I would compare coming to Agencyport to develop as a programmer to coming to the States or Ireland to learn English. With exposure to the language on a daily basis and surrounded by willing people who want you to improve, your progress is inevitable. And on the other side, you can look forward to life as a readied job seeker!