Interview by Howie Rhee '04, with contributions by Vivian Chung. Added May 1, 2015
I was in the Pratt School of Engineering, where I majored in Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as double majored in Computer Science.
Talk about your prior work experience.
Last Summer I interned at Zynga as a Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA. I worked on the FarmVille 2 Franchise, helping develop a feature that was aimed at increasing user-engagement within the game. The summer before that (2013), I interned at Penske Automotive Group and worked on the software development team behind Penske Racing.
How did you come up with a list of companies to target?
The three characteristics that I looked for in employers were: 1) the opportunity to own a product (or piece of the code) and have a sizeable responsibility towards launching it, 2) the chance to learn and further develop my programming skills, and 3) whether I used the company’s product(s) daily.
Anything else you'd like to share with Duke students that are doing their own job search?
During interviews I really tried to grasp what development cycles were like at the company, how big the teams were, and the challenges the company was currently facing -- this gave me a sense towards the company culture. I then thought about my past experiences at Duke, and how they would enable me to add value to these various teams. These factors helped me focus on the companies where I thought I could contribute the most.