The Life of An Intern–#1

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An “intern-view” with Ian Forsyth, one of Quinlan’s four new interns.

What school do you go to and what year are you?
I go to Yale University. I am a junior.

What is your major and what made you pursue that path?
Computer Science.  I had great computer teachers all through middle school and high school that gave me a support system for questions and independent learning outside the classroom.  When I got to college, same thing.  Incredible professors in addition to fellow students who shared a passion for computers made majoring in CS an easy decision.

How did you find out about Quinlan & Company?
When looking for summer internships, I went through the Business First Buffalo Book of Lists.  At 11:00 pm one evening I sent resumes off to the top 10 web design companies and Quinlan was the first to get back to me, 5 minutes later.

What department are you interning with and who is your Boss?
IT – Ryan DiMillo

What is your favorite experience so far?
My first day I went to lunch with the rest of the IT department, which was a lot of fun.  I also got to sit on a design meeting where we discussed what the new Duff’s website will look like.

What made you interested in the agency setting?
I wanted to take this summer and explore a couple different ways computer science can be applied to the business world.  The agency setting is just one of those options.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned so far?
I’ve been working on developing an iPhone app for one of our clients.  So, I’ve basically been learning a programming language as I go along.  That’s been challenging, but the learning experience and knowledge is valuable as a lot of industries turn towards mobile computing.

What do you hope to learn in the future while working at Quinlan?
I want to eventually finish this iPhone app, that’s the main thing.  Other things include search engine optimization and web site design, layout, and programming.

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