Engineering Internship 2019

5.0
Position title
Data Engineering Intern
Work term type
Internship
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
3,001 to 3,500
How long was your work term?
4 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Mississauga, Ontario
Work industry
Software
Faculty
Engineering

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Went smoothly
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Very helpful
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Loved coming to work
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Skills for life
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

As a Data Engineering intern(2019) at Bell Canada, I got a chance to work with various technologies such as Apache Spark, MySQL, Dynatrace along with programming languages such as Python, Java, HTML, etc. As a software engineering student, I got to apply a lot of the concepts I learned in class to the real world for performance analytics and data pipelines. There were many people to interact with from both the technical and non-technical sectors of the company. This helped give more insight on various aspects of the business and Bell's current transition into IoT and 5G technologies. The Mississauga, Ontario, Canada campus had an outdoor basketball court alongside a volleyball area making it a great place to relax throughout the day. Overall, it was a great experience and would definitely encourage others to apply.

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

Sometimes the timelines for certain projects were unreasonable but that can be said about many companies. Otherwise, a great corporation overall to work for.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
Regularly
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
Regularly
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

Great management with a relaxed attitude and environment.

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
Regularly
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
Occasionally
Describe the office environment/culture.

Sometimes maybe once a week or every other week, my colleagues and I would go out for lunch/dinner or have a day off where everyone on the team goes out for a team-lunch/dinner.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Employee discounts/rewards Financial bonus Free coffee Free prepared meals/snacks Office games (foosball, ping pong, etc) Paid vacation time Social activities Subsided gym membership Subsidized cafeteria Tickets to entertainment events Work from home

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Just as advertised
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
100%
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
100%
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Cultural fit Location Benefits
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

For technical internships, it may be a good idea to brush up on some basic data structures and algorithms or have a general knowledge of technical concepts that interviewers may ask you about. The interview rounds for my case consisted of one phone interview and one technical interview but it can vary depending on the department you work for(ie; Network, Mobility, IT, Business Intelligence, etc).