Inside Stories with Yardi Romania’s Former IT Interns
Yardi Romania just launched the spring edition of its paid internship in IT. Last year, this successful three-month program led to the hire of 10 of the 13 IT interns. Three of them opened up about their experience as Yardi Romania interns, the things they learned and how does a day at the office look like.
Silvana Keiling applied for the Yardi Romania internship program after finding out about it at school. She is currently studying for a master’s degree at the Faculty of Automation and Computer Science, Technical University of Cluj. “If you wanted to apply for an internship, it was pretty hard not to choose Yardi Romania, especially since it was very efficiently promoted with flyers and posters at school. All my colleagues were talking about the Yardi Romania test,” Silvana said. For admission into the program, the candidates must complete the internship application form until February 22, 2017 and pass a test and an interview. Yardi Romania interns benefit from full support to continue their studies and though it might be hard to juggle school and a part-time internship, it all pays off in the end. “Working on a real project gives you some sort of perspective about the things you learn in school. Therefore, more connections are made and you pay more attention to what you are studying. At least that’s what happened to me,” Rebeca Cuciula, former IT intern and current software development engineer at Yardi Romania, explained.
What did you learn during the internship?
So what happens during this three-month paid internship at Yardi Romania? “In my first days as an intern, I started to learn Perl (a programming language). After two-three weeks of learning to code in Perl, I started working on the actual product my team works on. At first, I had small tasks with little impact on the product and I was always helped to carry them out by my colleagues,” said Bogdan Timofte, software development engineer at Yardi Romania.
“I learned things that I know for sure nobody would have told me about in school. I got an idea on what it’s like to work in the field, on a real project,” Silvana added. “I liked the fact that we could choose between several programming languages and that it didn’t matter if I was going to use the internship for school (I dealt with this situation in another company, where they told me that if I am not in my second or third year at university and if I don’t need to complete an internship for school, I can’t be an intern there).” Also, Silvana appreciated the fact that her academic major was not an essential criteria in her admission process, as she graduated the Constructions Faculty and not Computers.
All about teamwork
Many of Yardi Romania’s interns are particularly thrilled about the opportunity to be part of a team. “During my internship I learned to code in Perl, to do complex queries in SQL, to work in a team where each of us have tasks, more about how servers work, to program more efficiently using advanced architecture and programming principles. In a few words, I learned how a programmer works,” Bogdan said.
The Yardi Romania IT internship program is a great opportunity to apply theoretical concepts learned in school, but also improve social skills, under the guidance of experienced IT specialists. “Now I am used to working in a team where we ask each other opinions about how to solve our tasks. And having a technical leader and seniors in your team is really awesome because you can learn a lot from them and by working with them,” Bogdan added.
A day at the office
So how does a day at the office look like? Bogdan sums it up pretty well. “Well, first thing I always do in a day at the office is get a coffee. Sometimes, during the time I drink my coffee I discuss about different topics with some of my colleagues or reading some news and after that I start to work on my tasks. At 10 AM we have our ‘stand up’ where everybody talks about their progress with their tasks and what they are going to do today and if we have a problem with our tasks we help each other resolve it. At 12, we take our lunch break together and after that, I continue with my tasks. For the rest of my work day, if I feel that I am a bit tired or numb, I take a break with one of my colleagues.”
If you are considering the internship and are wondering if it’s complicated to become an employee after the three months expire, Rebeca can fill you in on how things can work out. “The decision was rather simple. I liked what I was doing during the internship, I like the routine of coming to work and, also, I like the team. So, when I was asked whether I want to stay in the team or leave I chose to stay and I don’t regret it.”