When I first heard of Siemens, I didn’t know a thing about the company or why it had such an unusual name. As I did more research I learned this company was over 150 years old and was in the middle of a partnership with NB Power trying to develop a new Smartgrid.
The Smartgrid is an electrical system that includes various energy measurement systems like smart meters and renewable energy resources. It also allows for two-way communication across the grid. This system intimidated me because I was worried that I would be given tasks that I couldn’t complete due lack of skill. I was nervous on the first day but when I arrived many friendly and welcoming faces met me. It reminded me of my arrival at SHAD. My tasks turned out to be straightforward, interesting, and easy to learn. I was able to get any help that I needed at anytime as well. My tasks included testing the UI for various pages created for energy management, testing rest services via Postman using Devtools, and updating Siemens wiki pages. I was also able to write my own test cases and check them.
This entire experience has been extremely eye opening. I learned so much about the Smartgrid and about how the company operates. I now understand and appreciate that Siemens is a major player in the global drive to create more efficient energy transmission systems. I was also able to get a small taste of the various tasks involved and how to carry them out. My contribution was small but I hope it made a difference. I loved this internship and I can look back on these past three weeks as a prolonged SHAD experience outside of my SHAD campus. Equally important, I learned something about the everyday working world and the responsibilities of doing a job well.