My name is Elias Rotondo, and I live in Sandwich, MA. I am a rising sophomore at UMass Amherst and a member of the Commonwealth Honors College, where I am double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics and Statistics. This summer, I am interning in the Integrations Department at Convention Data Services in Bourne, MA. In this role, I help integrate systems between our customers and their vendors.
This internship has made me more aware of potential career opportunities available to pursue in computer science. For example, I had never thought about exploring system integrations and the process of connecting different computer applications together. I am very grateful for my mentor at CDS who never hesitates to assist me in troubleshooting the problems I come across and has played a crucial role in making my internship a valuable experience. Every day, I find myself learning something new under my mentor’s guidance.
Throughout my internship, I have been able to expand upon the knowledge and skills I accumulated in college. While at school, there was not enough time to fully explore new concepts due to the quantity of material being covered each semester. Working at CDS has allowed me to dive deeper into the areas pertaining to my work and gain a better understanding of how different techniques and procedures can be used to accomplish a variety of tasks. My biggest take-away will be to dedicate more time towards practicing the concepts I learn in class as I have found that doing so greatly enhances my understanding of the subjects.
The most important advice I have for any other students looking for an internship is to keep your doors open by staying in touch with those who have helped you earlier in life. I discovered my internship after contacting one of my high school instructors about any companies that hire college students for computer science related positions. Reaching out to my teacher lead to finding an internship that directly related to my major and future career path. Don’t hesitate to reach out—you will be pleasantly surprised by how many people are willing and able to help you.