Following Theo’s time at QiTASC, we asked him about his experience and for practical advice about doing an internship at a software startup. Here’s what he had to say.
Theo told us that although he loves both English and computer science, he only learns about these subjects for a couple of hours per week at school. Upon starting his internship at QiTASC, Theo was surprised to learn that there were so many employees who were interested in the same topics as him. He described this as a “motivation boost” that will help him work towards a profession in computer science or software development. Theo had initially wanted to gain some coding skills like Java, but says he learned a lot more than he had hoped for. He found it interesting that intaQt has its own language, which he says is easy to learn and use.
For most of his internship, Theo supported the test engineering team, where he got first-hand experience about using QiTASC’s software. He also sat in with members of the development team to get insight into how they work on collaborative projects, and even attended an intaQt training session for new employees. Regardless of what task he was performing or what team he was assisting, Theo liked to start his workday with a cola and chatting with colleagues to catch up before getting to the “exciting” part of the day.
After finishing his cola, Theo would head to his workstation and could choose one of several tasks to work on. Theo’s tasks included practising coding, following programming tutorials, or assisting the test team in developing and executing intaQt test cases. He said that although some tasks were difficult, the young and friendly team helped him develop his skills.
Theo says he always loved codes – not just in games, but also trying things out, like figuring out how to change security settings. Theo shared with us how different QiTASC team members spent time showing him what different functions written in intaQt Studio did and what each function’s component represented and was linked to. For him, gaining stronger code-reading/writing skills through collaborative learning sessions was very useful because it expanded his existing knowledge. This also made it easier for Theo to understand what the code meant as he was reading it, and helped him remember the code for future use. Theo says when he returns to school, he’ll be able to apply all of the skills he learned at QiTASC in his computer science classes.
Finally, we asked Theo to provide advice for other HTL students who might be interested in doing their summer internship at a software startup like QiTASC. He recommends that students who are comfortable using English, have some computer experience and are interested in coding join us for the summer. Theo says don’t be shy: If you trust in yourself and your coworkers, you will learn a lot during your internship.
In July, the Vienna QiTASC team welcomed our summer intern, Theo, to our office. To ensure he had a good learning outcome and a positive experience, Theo spent time with different departments before settling in to the test team for the majority of his internship. Theo had hoped to improve his technical skills – especially coding – and we’re glad to have played a part in helping him do so. We look forward to seeing what Theo will do with his expanded skillset!
Are you a high school or university student interested in doing a summer internship at QiTASC? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about yourself!