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Iana Cereteu

Internships at Indrivo: we prepare technology students for the workplace

Being a dynamic, international technology company, we at Indrivo, clearly understand that today’s youth are highly technical, social media savvy and crave growth and knowledge. Understandably, what students are really after is hands-on, real-world experience in a company that offers platforms where they can fully immerse themselves in the technologies they chose academically and gain exposure to larger, enterprise-level projects. With that in mind, we developed internship programs with meaningful assignments and visibility on how our company operates technically and operationally.

 

Thus, last week (May 24) we have finalized our annual .NET and PHP internship programs with 12 students from the Academy of Economic Studies, the Technical and State Universities of Moldova. Over the course of 11 weeks the interns, mentored by our experienced senior professionals, mastered their learning curves and applied their knowledge to professional settings and actual work situations.

 

The PHP internship program aimed to initiate our students in Drupal 8. For this, in Part 1 of the program, each participant developed independently a web site, starting with the mockup in HTML and ending with page creation using Drupal basic functionalities. For Part 2, the task was to implement an e-commerce website using the Commerce Contrib module. The underlying purpose of Part 2 however, was to teach the interns how to collaborate in an effective teamwork environment: defining and estimating tasks, using a tracking system and a Git based common repository. Given the limited supervision and maximum freedom in Part 2, the participants performed very well and even succeeded in developing a partial prototype.

 

The .Net internship program aimed to introduce students to the development of WEB applications on ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET Core platforms taking into account the requirements of Clean Code and Layered Architecture. Also, they became familiar with the interaction of web applications with MSSQL relational database types, creation of tables and relationships and transforming them into C# models.

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The positive results were felt overall by our students, mentors as well as management. Its effectiveness was measured by the level of commitment that we would give to and get from any other full-time employee. The success factors included precise planning, staff support, setting proper expectations and working in an Agile collaborative environment. To increase the probability of finding a job after their graduation, we have allowed them to come back whenever they want to continue their projects and feature this work and experience in their portfolios.

 

The rewards were mutually valuable while helping train the next wave of technology stars in Moldova!