Tell us your name, hometown and where you attend college
My name is Dylan DeFlorio. I’m from Framingham, MA and a rising junior at UMass Dartmouth.
Tell us where you are interning and what you do there...
This summer, I am interning at Convention Data Services (CDS) on the Quality Assurance team. In this position, I test registration webpages created by CDS to assure our clients receive the highest quality products possible.
How has your internship changed your professional outlook?
CDS has entirely changed my professional outlook. I’ve learned how different roles within a company all work together to meet the same end goal. Additionally, I have shifted the direction and role I would like to pursue after graduation based on my experience.
Is there someone at your sponsoring employer that provided special mentoring or has had a strong influence on your development in the position?
The entire team at CDS has been incredibly supportive, kind, and influential towards my goals and personal development. Each team member has taught me so much—and all different but very important skills. I am very thankful for everyone’s time, support, and personal contributions.
Where did you live during your internship?
During the summer, I am extremely fortunate because my parents own a beautiful vacation home in Dennis, which allowed for a much easier commute than from my hometown in Framingham. This is my first time living entirely independently—and I’m enjoying every minute thus far.
What advice would you give to a college student seeking an internship?
My advice to a college student seeking an internship is to apply everywhere possible. During my freshman/sophomore years, I applied for more than 50 internships yet only a few would even give me a shot at an interview. Many companies are hesitant to offer younger students internships because of a lack of educational knowledge and experience in the field. Don’t hang your head about it--just keep applying. The best thing you can do is put your best foot forward throughout the application and interview processes. Know your worth and be prepared to display your skillset when the time comes.
What have you learned in your internship that you would not have learned in the classroom?
About 90 percent of what I do in my internship could not be learned in the classroom. Programming is one of the few skills that have transferred from the classroom into my work. The website testing, tracking and editing information through our backend, automation developments, and even some programming languages themselves would not have been learned in the classroom. CDS is giving me real world computer science experience.
What “take-aways” will you bring back to the classroom from this internship?
A major takeaway from my internship with CDS to the classroom is my reformed problem solving abilities. My experience with CDS has taught me to look at all problems in separate unique perspectives and attack issues head on from the most efficient angle I can find. These skills will definitely make finishing large scale projects at school much easier and less time consuming.
If you could find a job in this field on Cape Cod would you either stay here or move here in order to pursue a good career on the Cape?
If I find the right job, then I would absolutely make Cape Cod my permanent residence. Cape Cod is a beautiful area, and I thoroughly enjoy my time here. There are some wonderful tech companies on the Cape, and I’m hopeful one will offer the style of job I’m looking for post-graduation.
About "Summer Intern Chronicles"
This article is part of a continuing series of "Summer Intern Chronicles" that Cape Cod Today will publish throughout the season. Many local college students undertake internship experiences during summer break. These internships can truly form a young person as a professional in their chosen career path. For many, the internship is their first work experience in the career they hope to pursue. These internship stories are intended to give the students an opportunity to share their experiences, showcase the work of their sponsoring organization and put in a plug for their college. The stories are written in the students' own words and published verbatim as submitted.
If your Cape & Islands or Plymouth organization hosts summer interns and you'd like them to participate, please email [email protected] and we will send you the project guidelines.