Many high school students who are considering medicine as a possible career path have a general sense of what it’s about.
“Of course,” said Dr. Krishna during our last meeting, “nobody really knows what it’s like until they get there, but I hope this experience gave you a better idea.”
Suffice to say, it certainly has.
Throughout the month of August, I have had the chance to contribute to a form of research I haven’t heard about: Quality improvement. Southlake Regional Health Centre had implemented changes within perioperative system, and my particular task was to collect surgical procedural data for further analysis.
Aside from getting very familiar with Microsoft excel, I have also had the opportunity to witness surgeries in the OR and be present in physicians’ discussions. Even with his busy schedule, my supervisor took the time to answer all my questions and explained to me the relevance behind every decision.
Though I was introduced to various problems in our healthcare system, I was also blown away by how caring, skilled, and supportive everyone is at Southlake. I am very grateful to have had this wonderful, insightful experience.
My internship was not what I expected. When I read the description and it said “engineering in a lab with a focus on rocks and soils”, I was super excited, I pictured lab coats, fume hoods, and white walls. The reality was much different. My job was to wash soils and aggregate in a wash sieve and then place them in an oven to dry. I learned a lot about how an engineering consulting lab works.
The amount of work each day is based on the amount of contracts that come in the previous day. Each sample is carefully labeled with contract numbers and sample numbers to avoid confusion. While waiting for more samples to wash, I occasionally watched other jobs in the lab. There were people splitting soil into measured amounts, and people measuring the density of asphalt. It was a really eye -opening experience to the behind- the-scenes aspect of engineering.
When I first received the email that I had been accepted for an internship at Communitech, I was anxious yet eager! All I hoped for was that this internship would give me an opportunity to learn something new.
All my expectations have been met and surpassed, I have learned so much in the short span of just one month. From the very first day, I have received the chance to work in various departments at Communitech. From working with the small startup group to the IT department, I have gotten to explore different working environments and job types. However, my main job is to help input data into a program called Salesforce. This is essentially a program to communicate with the business’s customers, it gives you the ability to set up campaigns and enlist all contacts.
My favorite part of this internship is the working environment and friendly people. Essentially, Communitech is set up as a hub where various different startup groups and small enterprises come to work and innovate. The building is quite interesting, as it was built in an old leather factory. There is a slide, ping pong table, and even a basketball court within the Communitech office. Also, there are always events happening throughout the building. For example, just recently I got to attend a workshop about girls in tech, where we discussed methods to increase the number of females you choose to study in STEM fields and pursue a career in technology-based jobs.
Overall, this one month has been an amazing experience where I have gotten the chance to explore and learn more about job opportunities that exist after high school. I have also gained a new set of skills. I am very grateful for this opportunity and sad that this month has quickly come to an end! Interning at Communitech has been an unforgettable experience that I will cherish for the rest my life.
For the past month I have been interning at Technip, a France based subsea engineering company. Technip is a multinational, world-class company that carries out project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry.
I have been working out of the Technip office located in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador with the department that focuses primarily on Dynamic Analysis. What that means is we determine if the risers and umbilicals Technip uses for its clients will survive instillation, environmental factors, and much more. To do this we have to run many programs and check to see if factors such as utilization, tension, friction, and other forces will negatively affect the risers and umbilicals. If the these factors are too large or too small, we must come up with a way to fix it which can take days of thinking of a solution.
For the month of August I assisted engineers with different projects. I was tasked with things such as figuring out how much mass and volume a buoy should have to float at a 200 metre drop from an FPSO, and to run programs on my computer using a program called OrcaFlex.
The St. John’s office has a great sense of community and I always felt welcome. The people here were amazing and the help they provided me was invaluable. Tomorrow is my last day and I’m sad to go, but this experience has been once in a lifetime and I wanted to thank SHAD and Technip for giving me the best summer ever.
I started my internship at Robot Playtime on August 2nd, immediately I met a fellow SHAD and discovered that we would be working together for the month. The staff of Robot Playtime are very kind, dedicated and passionate about robots. They were very encouraging, answered any questions and taught us so many things. Robot Playtime is a startup company that produces robot kits and they have a huge emphasis on teaching kids how to program and the fundamentals of robotics. Robot Playtime uses smartphones and tablets as a method of programming your own interactive and affordable robot. Working at a startup was very informative and was relatable to the DE (design + entrepreneurship) project at SHAD.
Everyday was very unpredictable and a surprise. Working at Robot Playtime gave me so many different opportunities to explore many different aspects of a startup such as programming, debugging and fixing their code, building and fixing robots, recording tutorial videos, and helping out at a workshop. Through building and fixing robot kits, I learned so much about the circuitry and the hardware of the robot. I learned a lot about app development and web design through debugging their code.
Working at a startup company has many benefits, such as being able to implement your ideas into the product and seeing the development cycle. I had very flexible hours and since there was always so much work to do at a startup, I can choose what task I wanted to work on. The huge difference between school and this internship was the way that you think and problem solve. At school it is more memorizing information, while at an internship you find resources that help you make an informed decision to solve a problem.
Overall, working at an internship was an enriching and unforgettable experience. Now that the month is over, I am going to miss the wild life of a startup company. Robot Playtime was definitely the best company to intern for.
Today marks my 29th day at Pythian, an IT company that specialises in data management and cloud services. As I grab a bowl of cereal from the office’s café and head towards my cubicle, I cannot help but appreciate how much I’ve grown since the beginning of my internship.
I still remember how difficult it was to contain my excitement on the first day. I learned that my task was to gamify the company’s onboarding process and that I had complete freedom in deciding how to do so. After being onboarded myself, sitting through my first stand-up meeting (oops!) and getting a feel for the office life, I drafted a formal project proposal and went to work.
For me, “work” meant organising a virtual tour system with telepresence robots and creating a QR code scavenger hunt. Without the constant support of my supervisors, the mentorship of several co-op students and the comical relief provided by a fellow SHAD intern, I doubt I would have been able to tackle these rather ambitious goals of mine.
As I get ready to wrap up my projects and head back to school, I realise how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to work in a tech company alongside such an amazing group of people.
Dual monitor workstations, a (volatile) coffee machine from the future, and more purple than there was at my Shad program at Western- It’s been a month for the books, and I can’t believe it’s already nearly over. For now, allow me to rewind to when this all began.
When I received the acceptance email to intern at Decision Resources Group, I couldn’t believe it. The company website had promised a challenging and supportive workspace along with the opportunity to engage with real-world applications of healthcare and economics- both subjects that I had enjoyed in high school. After a month in the office, I can say with certainty that my expectations have been met and far exceeded.
DRG defines its role as providing “healthcare business intelligence solutions”. Their Canadian office, located in Toronto, specializes in medical technology trends. I was given tasks such as reviewing recent reports for aggregate trends and researching and updating quantitative and qualitative data for a database platform. During the course of the month, I was mentored by two analysts, and worked in the same room as the Product Support team- all individuals who made the month-long experience as enjoyable as it was memorable.
This August, I had the privilege of interning at Advanced Applied Physics Solutions (AAPS) at TRIUMF. When my supervisor first explained the neutron detecting project AAPS that he had been working on, I was overwhelmed by the concept and science behind the project. The supportive team at AAPS willingly and charitably answered every single question I had and provided me opportunities to try new things and explore equipment, coding, and the lab itself.
Every day at TRIUMF, I was exposed to new ideas, seminars, and aspects of coding to create simulations using Python and they weren’t all easy to grasp. Frequently, I found myself stumped at issues and concepts that I didn’t comprehend, but I learned to use my background knowledge to tackle problems. Occasionally, I spent hours perplexed, but the more time I spent applying information I knew, these issues became clear. At times, I became frustrated and tired when I couldn’t find solutions after investing so much effort, but every time the team was always there to support me and suggest other ideas.
As the month draws to an end, so does the internship. Looking back, working at TRIUMF was an amazing experience, allowing me to do and learn so many new skills that I would never have imagined to learn, from coding, to working with incredibly inspirational people in a real-life lab. I am especially grateful and honored to have even been given the opportunity to work with such amazing people in an amazing environment. Thank you so much!
Walking into the office on the first day, I had absolutely no idea what I signed up for. My contact person from Helpful had been very hush hush. Vaguely in my head were the words: “startup business”, “innovation”, and “artificial intelligence”.
My first impression of the office? Magnificent. Colorful sticky notes littered every surface and the framed whiteboards were scribbled with checklists and flowcharts and graphs and nonsensical tech jargon that only added to the mystery. It was an organized kind of chaos and it was perfect.
I learned that essentially, my job was to write stuff. I focused on inbound marketing and creating “remarkable content” that could be shared online. Navigating through articles and reports, I looked for connections between conventional wisdom, original insights, and our company's vision. I wrote about business culture, innovation, leadership, unblocking, corporate social responsibility, and lessons to be learned from unlikely places. I learned about brevity as a virtue of communication and I learned how to write so that every word counts.
More importantly, I learned what it means to be a part of a team. At a startup company of 15 other people, you're a member of a talented, tight-knit, and committed community. As the youngest person there, there was no shame in being bright-eyed, inexperienced, and eager to learn. It's never good to be the smartest person in the room, and I can assure you that wasn't the case during my internship.
I distinctly remember a guest speaker at SHAD who told us that “knowledge is useless” in big, angry letters. It was blasphemy. Thirteen years in school has told us to absorb as much knowledge as humanly possible (it supposedly prepares us for life as successful, high-functioning adults). I don't know about useless, but I do know that knowledge can be learned. Far more valuable than knowledge is experience. As an intern, everyone becomes your teacher and you get to experience everything.
I'm very lucky for the opportunity to work with 15 amazing people who have a very ambitious goal to achieve. They've given me the freedom to experiment and the power to make an impact wherever I can. I can't be sad that it's over - only happy that it happened, and inspired to experience something new every day.
During my time interning at The Real You program, I was subject to an intriguing “field trip” day. I went down to the Elgin Ottawa Police station and assisted one of the fitness directors, Joey, with a client of theirs.
Superficially, it was pretty entertaining to play around with the exercise equipment while I participated in some of the training circuits. On a deeper level, Joey explained that each exercise and circuit is specially made for every individual. Initially the Ottawa Police (OP) Officer is tested for their mobility, strength, and general fitness and habits. From there, Joey creates a program to further develop lacking areas. The OP officer she was working with had an injury in their forearm, so Joey developed exercises to strengthen the weaken muscles.
While we were stretching and cooling down, I asked about the The Real You program and why it was initiated for OP officers. Joey and her client discussed the surprisingly early death rates of OP Officers after their retirement, and how bad habits are not only developed by shift working but, are encouraged by businesses trying to earn police presence at late hours. The Field Trip day added greatly to my experience.