I spent my summer of 2022 at Fidelity Investments’ Raleigh-Durham office, working as a full-stack software engineer. It was an invaluable opportunity that allowed me to gain practical industry experience and insights into the constantly evolving world of software development. I enjoyed my experience so much that I decided to return there for my summer 2023 internship, and although I was once again a full-stack developer, my experience could not have been more different! Having two varied experiences allowed me to broaden my horizons, develop different skill sets and learn about the wide assortment of responsibilities that Fidelity engages in.
This summer (2023), I collaborated with multiple cross-functional squads to incorporate new software utilities, which allowed me to cultivate not only my technical skills but also my inter-personal skills. I also got the opportunity to practice the AGILE framework and gain experience with ceremonies like daily scrum, retrospectives, and sprints. I was tasked with helping my team improve their web-based, client-facing application by adding more features and functionality. Additionally, I was entrusted with researching and developing a proof-of-concept to help migrate the website to a headless content management system to allow for greater flexibility and lower wait times. Given the team’s lack of familiarity with the headless content management system and the intricacies of integrating it with the existing application, I took on the role of a leader and educator within the team. I initiated meetings with individuals from other teams to understand how they have used the content management system and also ensured to write extensive documentation about my findings in addition to conducting knowledge transfer sessions with team members.
As I look back on my summers at Fidelity Investments, I am filled with gratitude and appreciation for my mentors, fellow interns, challenges, opportunities and experiences. I am excited to continue learning about technology this semester at Duke University and applying them in a practical, industry setting.