Summer is here! Along with the longer days and nicer weather, we get to welcome a new group of New Relic data nerds-in-training. It’s our fourth year of the internship program and we are pleased to have these fresh young minds working with us in our San Francisco and Portland offices.
Each of our engineering interns brings his or her own diverse background and set of skills to the role of New Relic intern, so we’ve decided to profile eight of them to learn more. What are they passionate about? Why did they choose to spend the summer with us? Here’s a quick glimpse of what we learned.
Jaekwon Smith: PASS Team
Jaekwon is originally from Williamston, N.C. He currently attends North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University as a computer science student. Outside of school and work, Jaekwon loves discovering new music to listen to and finding exciting new video games to play. He also enjoys going on new adventures with close friends.
Jaekwon is interning on the PASS (Product and Subscription Services) team at New Relic. He chose New Relic because of the people—after a few interviews with the company, he quickly noticed the close-knit and open nature of the employees here. Jaekwon has always wanted to work in a fun and helpful environment where it’s OK to ask dumb questions and learn new things.
Austin Washington: Mobile Team
Austin currently attends North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, where he is studying computer science, and is originally from Upper Marlboro, Md. Outside of his normal classwork and assignments, he enjoys learning more about machine learning and its future implementations.
This summer Austin will be working as a mobile development intern at New Relic, allowing him to gain experience as a full stack developer. After listening to a speech that New Relic Senior VP of Engineering Mikey Butler gave at his school, Austin became interested in learning more about the company and its corporate values. When deciding on an internship, he eventually decided this was the place he wanted to apply.
Laura McRae: Infrastructure Team
Laura grew up in Simi Valley, Calif., and currently lives in Monterey. She is entering her senior year at CSU Monterey Bay, where she is majoring in computer science with concentrations in software engineering and data science. Laura likes to run and be outdoors, and has enjoyed art and writing since she was young.
At New Relic, Laura is interning as an engineer on the Infrastructure team. She first became interested in applying to New Relic after the company presented at her university. New Relic’s products seemed like something that would combine Laura’s interests with software and data science, and she hopes to get real industry experience and learn things that can be directly applied to both the classroom and her professional career.
Iris Gau: Insights Team
Iris is a lover of puns, programming, the human brain, design, traveling, and novelty socks. She is from Santa Barbara, Calif., but made the journey to Houston, Tex., to attend Rice University. After participating in her first hackathon during her freshman year with no prior exposure to programming, Iris decided to switch her major to computer science. She is now a rising junior studying computer science and cognitive science, fascinated by the intersection of humans and technology. When Iris is not working on projects, you can find her drawing, watching movies, at a science museum, or spending time with friends and family.
Iris is working on the Insights team in the Portland, Ore., office. She was eager to intern at New Relic after a good friend participated in the internship program last summer and raved about the company, the team, and the products. She is excited to continue learning about full-stack development, mob programming, and the fancy coffee machine.
Ben Abbott: Product Security Team
Ben is studying cybersecurity and networking at Mt. Hood Community College just outside of Portland. An Oregon native, he spent his early years on the north coast and has lived in Portland for 20 years. Most of Ben’s free time is spent working in the garden, playing with his three daughters, and spending quality time with his amazingly supportive wife. Ben’s favorite thing to do is fix things—he likes to figure out how something works and see if he can make it work again. He is at his happiest when he’s getting his hands dirty.
Ben is working on the Product Security team at New Relic, with the official title of Application Security Engineering Intern. He has a few reasons for wanting to intern at New Relic, not the least of which was a professor who told him, “You’d better apply for this internship, or else!” Beyond that, he believes the company is building interesting products, and he knew it had a reputation for having a great work environment (Ben’s wife was once a bartender at a pub frequented by New Relic employees, and she told him that all of the “Relics” who came in always spoke about how much they loved their jobs). While his time at New Relic may be short, Ben would like to have a lasting impact and create tools that can be used internally by the Product Security team.
Lena Tran: Product Design Team
Lena Tran is a rising senior at Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges in Los Angeles, Calif., pursuing a degree in cognitive science with a minor in media studies. As a first-generation college student, she is passionate about access to higher education and supporting under-represented communities on her campus.
This summer she will be working on design artifacts for user personas under the Product Design team as well as conducting research on new users for the Customer Experience team. Aside from completing these projects, she hopes to try all the flavors of tea available in “snack alley” and learn how to remember people’s names faster.
Maria Anda-Murillo: Growth Engineering
Maria, who goes by her middle name “Evelin,” is from a small town in Mexico called Puruandiro Michoacan. She moved to the United States when she was 3 months old, and has been living in Salinas, Calif., ever since. She’s a junior at CSU Monterey Bay majoring in computer science with an emphasis in software engineering, and she is the first in her family to attend college. When she isn’t coding or attending school, she spends her days taking care of her garden and playing with her five cats. Evelin is interested in starting her own company one day, and hopefully coming up with an algorithm that can end animal testing.
Evelin is working with the Growth Engineering team this summer. She was interested in the New Relic internship program because she really likes what the company is doing and its stated corporate values. She also enjoys her team at New Relic—she feels comfortable being herself around them and is not afraid to ask questions. Evelin hopes to learn skills that can’t be learned in school, from technical skills to interpersonal skills. She also hopes to get a better idea of what working in the tech industry is like, while also providing a meaningful contribution to the company.
Thalia Villalobos: Project Seymour Team
Thalia is from Salinas, Calif., also known as “the salad bowl of the world” due to its high agricultural production. She attends CSU Monterey Bay studying computer science with an emphasis in software engineering. Thalia is passionate about doing outreach and teaching young children about computer science, which she does as part of an on-campus women’s organization called HerScript. The group works to help women identify and develop the professional and academic skills needed for a career in computer science.
Thalia is working on the Project Seymour team this summer. She joined New Relic to be in a friendly work environment where she is free to be herself and ask questions, and says every employee she’s met has embodied this friendly and helpful culture. During her internship, Thalia would like to learn about the process of creating and launching a product and be able to learn enough Ruby on Rails to create her own web page one day.
Welcome, interns! We can’t wait to see what great things you accomplish this summer.
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