When people think of tech internships a couple of different scenarios jump to mind. Those range from over-the-top stints at Silicon Valley’s elite (think The Internship) to the glorified coffee-gofer. Landing a Computer Science internship that provides real-world experience and skills isn’t easy, but the experience can (and should) be invaluable.
Our summer and co-op students come from a variety of backgrounds and with varying levels of experience. As an eCommerce platform system integrator, the majority of positions are naturally in development roles and are typically geared toward students studying Computer Science, Software Engineering or Interactive Multi-Media Design; however, there may be opportunities in back-office areas such as marketing, business development and human resources. Tara Monaghan started her career as a Thinkwrap co-op student and upon graduating accepted a full-time position as our recruiter and part of the talent management team. As a matter of fact, Tara now heads up our co-op program (so you can ask her all about her experience when you apply)!
In a nutshell, here’s what you can expect from a Computer Science, Engineering or Design co-op placement with Thinkwrap:
So what’s life like for an intern or co-op student at Thinkwrap? A typical placement is four months long, but that term can be extended to 8 months or in some cases, a full year, depending on business needs and the student’s workload and preference.
Getting the Placement
Whether you’re part of a school-led co-op program, or looking for work experience as a summer student or intern, you’ll complete a technical skills test and then a formal interview so you can learn more about the job and the company. It’s equally as important that the company, culture and job itself meet your requirements as it is to determine if you’re qualified for the job. Don’t shy away from an application because you’re missing some of the requirements. Attitude, passion and coachability go a long way. That said, it probably doesn’t make sense to apply for a job completely beyond your skill set – just use logic; apply, learn more and then make a decision.
One of the coolest things about completing a placement at Thinkwrap is that from day one you’re put onto a real project, solving real problems, for real customers. Your contributions are valued and you’ll instantly become an integral part of your team.
The Job Itself
Thinkwrap co-op and summer students commit to 40 hours of work per week during their placement. Positions depend on the needs of department managers, but typically include Software Development roles, and sometimes QA roles. Which brings up an important point – consider applying for a position even if the job description isn’t exactly what you envision yourself doing in the long-term. In other words, don’t discount a placement opportunity just because it’s not your first choice. By getting your foot in the door, establishing connections and getting real-world experience, you're setting the foundation for future opportunities in your preferred role. On the job, students are expected to make the same commitment as any other employee. One of the coolest things about completing a placement at Thinkwrap is that from day one you’re put onto a real project, solving real problems, for real customers. Your contributions are valued and you’ll instantly become an integral part of your team.
Getting the Job Offer
Before your placement wraps up, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with your manager to discuss your career goals. The offer of a full-time job will depend on many factors, including business needs, and your overall experience working with Thinkwrap. If you’re still in school, you may be offered a part-time position during the school year, which has the potential to turn into a full-time gig down the road.
Some of the top reasons students come (and stay) are for the culture, flexibility and the potential for a long-term, meaningful career. We currently have four students-turned-employees and have exciting plans to continue growing this number. Apply now via our careers page (let us know on your application if you already know someone who works at Thinkwrap) or speak with your program advisor.
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Alyssa is part of Thinkwrap's Digital Marketing team and has more than 10 years' experience developing integrated campaigns for leading brands. She's passionate about eCommerce, tech, design, and video games.