From Students To Cloud Insurance Summer Interns: Experience of Adrian and Mikkel
This summer, Cloud Insurance doors again opened to some of the best software development students in Norway. This time for the two ambitious and bright minds of the Computer Science department at NTNU, Trondheim. Mikkel Svartveit is in his first year of studies, while Adrian Andersen is completing his 3rd. Over the last two months, they've worked across our multiple teams, implemented their very first big development projects, and designed a sample customer journey flow. But don't take our word on it; let's see what they think of this experience.
Hey guys! To kickstart our conversation, please describe yourself in one sentence.
Adrian: Sure! I code at Webkom - a student association committee responsible for technical solutions, play water polo, love cooking, and wearing rodeo-esque belt buckles.
Mikkel: And I'm a Tech Nerd, gym enthusiast, and among the fastest Rubix cube solvers in Norway.
Sweet! And is there a place where you usually publish your achievements?
Adrian: I place everything in my github account, it contains some of my recent scripts.
Mikkel: I have my own website, where I update development progress, photos I've taken, and other achievements.
Let's talk about your internship at Cloud Insurance. What can you say about this experience?
Adrian: Here, I've had the opportunity to work on a project that has actual business value. We learned a lot from starting a project from scratch and got a lot of freedom to choose what to focus on in the project. For instance, I wanted to learn more about automated testing, and therefore I decided to implement and try out ways to set up tests for the application.
I also learned about the startup world and got to see how an InsurTech company works from the inside.
Mikkel: I'm super grateful for getting this opportunity so early in my career, and it's really been a fantastic experience. In addition to the massive learning outcomes, I've gotten a taste of what it's like to work in a fast-growing software company. Also, being surrounded by such a skilled team has been very motivating!
Many internships often feel like it's all about getting coffee for other employees. Did you feel the same way here?
Adrian: No, not at all. At Cloud, everyone is on the same team, working toward a common goal. We respect each other and work together to create valuable solutions, all while having fun.
Mikkel: The only coffee I've been getting has been for myself. One of the things that I've enjoyed here is that we've been working on real projects that I know will provide value to the rest of the team. Albeit a bit daunting, this excites me and motivates me to do a good job!
Adrian, what has been the project you will tell your friends about?
Adrian: Probably, the travel insurance project, where we created a form for buying travel insurance from scratch. We've integrated both Cloud's backend systems, as well as different front-end libraries. It ensures easy usage by the sales team and smooth integration into a customer website.
Mikkel, what have you learned during this internship?
Mikkel: I've learned so incredibly much during these weeks, and I feel a lot more capable as a web developer now than I did just 2 months ago. Learning and working at a fast pace together with the other interns has taught me how to utilize Git in a team workflow, write and respond to code reviews, create automated tests, integrate our code with existing libraries and so much more. Besides that, I feel like I've sharpened my English skills quite a bit!
Adrian, I know this was your first startup experience. How did you like it?
Adrian: Cloud Insurance has been an eye-opener for me in this regard. It offered challenges and fun tasks that I learned from a lot! It's also a very social workplace, with lots of fun activities in and outside of the office. I got to know everyone through roof top hangs, beers in gardens and while playing many rounds of shuffleboard. We also competed in an AI-generated Hunger Games.
What would you say to future Cloud Insurance Summer Interns?
Adrian: I recommend preparing that you are going to learn a lot. However, you are going to produce something tangible almost immediately. Also, make sure to bring some sunscreen, as at least I did get a little sunburnt during lunch.
Mikkel: Apply now! It really is an awesome place to work, and you won't regret it. ;)
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