Jennifer Guidotti is a junior at the University of Colorado-Denver, where she is studying to become a software engineer. This summer she is interning with Vantiv's API-Payments team in Denver.
What interested you in Vantiv for a summer internship?
I have several friends who are also interns at Vantiv and have just raved about how awesome this company is. They have learned so much since they started here and have really enjoyed the mentorship and positivity that this company and department has provided.
What have you learned during your internship?
Since starting at the beginning of May, I have learned the overall application development process. Before starting with Vantiv, I had zero exposure to an agile development environment, therefore it has been a great learning experience to be working with this team. So far, I have spent most of my time learning the Java programming language and working with the Spring Application Framework that the Vantiv API Payments Team currently uses to build their APIs.
What do you like about your internship?
Since the day that I walked in, the entire team has been so encouraging and motivating. Not only are they teaching me the different processes and applications, but sharing best practices and experiences. So many of the current software engineers were once an intern like I am. They are continuously improving – having sat in on numerous white board sessions and lunch-and-learns, I have seen that there are always opportunities to gain more knowledge. My coworkers have a winning attitude – the daily stand-up meetings show that no team member is ever permanently stuck. If there was a roadblock, we all pitch in to find a solution, and people took ownership over their tasks. The teams that I work with are not only collaborative, but have strong team relationships. I can tell they value and trust their teammate’s contributions, and have a lot of respect and appreciation towards one another.
What are your goals for the future?
For the next two years, I will be focusing the majority of my time on finishing school where I am currently working on a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. After that, I have to say that this internship experience has really confirmed my choice to become a software engineer. The positive, yet challenging, experience that I have gained here has inspired me to continue to be focused on application development. I love APIs!