Jacob Boyles is a senior at Christopher Newport University. He is a Computer Science major and spent his summer interning with Atlas Systems. Jacob was hired as a Software Development Intern and worked in Virginia Beach from May to August. He applied for the position on Handshake, then he was contacted for a phone interview. After success in the phone interview, he was contacted for an on site interview and was ultimately hired.
As a Software Development Intern, Jacob was responsible for several different projects, working both individually and with a team. He started out with his own project which he saw through from “conception to presentation.” The rest of his internship was spent working with a team on two overlapping projects. Jacob described the two latter projects as being much larger and more challenging. At the end of his time with Atlas Systems, Jacob presented the projects he worked on to company leadership.
Jacob described his biggest challenge this summer as the amount of debugging and problem solving required to make the projects work. He spent an entire week of the summer working side by side with another intern on one problem. It took them until Friday to finally fix the problem after hours of testing and debugging.
His favorite part of this experience was his coworkers. Jacob spoke of how they were always there to answer questions and help coach him through any problems he ran into. Jacob happened to also have the pleasure of working with two Christopher Newport University graduates, Austin Schaffer (Developer) and Dustin Stokes (Chief Technology Officer) and current Christopher Newport University student Avery Kitchens (all pictured above).
Thank you, Jacob, for sharing your summer internship experience!