“Winterns” with LinkedIn’s NYC Engineering department as a part of the WiTNY Winternship program

The Winterns worked on a wide range of programming and project-specific tasks. In addition to training in agile development and learning about the developer framework, they participated in panels and group meals to encourage discussion on getting more women in tech. It was great hearing my female colleagues share their stories about how and why they got into the field, as well as seeing the support of our male colleagues.

The three weeks went by in a flash, but it was an extremely rewarding experience. We found that the unique setup of the program––having the Winterns work together on the same project for a single team––was very successful, as the group members were able to relate to shared experiences, work together closely to develop personal relationships, and grow their knowledge. Faced with unfamiliar tooling and new processes, the Winterns showed resilience and enthusiasm while being able to stay focused and work past these hurdles. Their performance exceeded everyone’s expectations.

Gaining confidence

It was great to hear from the Winterns that they enjoyed their experiences and that the knowledge gained from the program helped increase their overall confidence. One of our interns shared, “This internship has increased my confidence within the field of tech. Refreshed and ready to take on the next school semester, I know for sure that I’ve made the right career choice.” Along the same vein, another intern said, “This internship will be very useful in my future schooling because it taught me to never give up and never become discouraged when things start to get hard. This internship will help in future internships as I have been able to gain confidence about my programming ability, teamwork skills and learning capability.”

What’s next

We look forward to participating in this program in the future and are excited to see it grow. If you want to learn more about the Winternship from one of our intern’s perspectives, we encourage you to take a look at Claudia Bandali’s great recap of her experience.