A day in the life: Paul, intern
A day in the life: Paul, intern

A day in the life: Paul, intern

Meet Paul. He is the second intern to be featured in our “A Day in the Life” series. The current internship program has come to an end, and we were able to catch up with Paul about his studies, reflections and what he does when he’s not at the office or in the classroom. Paul is in his second year at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies and is focusing on Economic Informatics.

It sounds like a tricky major but Paul would choose math and technology over essay writing any day! When he isn’t crunching numbers, playing WoW or CSGO, he is sweating at the gym. He goes to the gym at least 3 times per week and occasionally plays basketball and goes cycling ! We didn’t realize that Iron Man was one of our interns! He loves going  to parties so he might, actually, be Iron Man… It’s clear that we can’t keep up with Paul in his free time , luckily he was able to slow down long enough to tell us about his typical day as an intern!

9:00 AM

Where are you?

In the kitchen or in the Morpheus room (yes, the rooms at QUALITANCE are named after characters from the Matrix!)

What are you doing?

Depends.  If I didn’t sleep enough I am pouring myself a much needed cup of coffee. Then I’m setting up my laptop, logging  onto my Gmail and Slack accounts.

What are you looking forward to learning today?

I’m here to learn as much as I can in a short period of  time. QUALITANCE is awesome because it’s one of the few companies in Romania working with technology like MEAN (MongoDB/ Express/ AngularJS/ Node.js).  This is where programming is heading and it’s exciting to learn from the masters!

What 5 things/tools are always in your bag or on your desk?

  • My personal laptop and my work laptop: you can never have too many computers!
  • A Galaxy S5 Phone
  • A pair of Razer headphones to help me stay focused
  • Water to keep hydrated and my lunch bag. If I don’t eat every three hours, bad things happen. I usually bring a sandwich and a banana.
  • A small notebook where I can make sketches and organize stuff.

12:00 PM

Where are you?

Downstairs, in the front yard for lunch – yay!

What are you doing?

Eating my lunch, chatting with colleagues and hanging out.

What is one of your favorite things about the way the internship program is set up?

I like that we’re alternating between development and testing. We’re also learning more about the MEAN stack from the developers. Don’t worry, they aren’t nearly as mean as the MEAN stack! We learn about the technologies they’re using and how they’re organized. It’s cool to see how everyone has an important role in delivering a perfect final product.

1:00 PM

Where are you?

Back in the office, feeling fueled up from lunch and ready to dive back in.

What are you doing?

Trying my hand at the programming we learned in the morning. I upload everything I’ve done into the cloud so I can check it out later and learn from my mistakes. It takes a REALLY long time to log out of everything, so I spend some time near the end of the day making it appear as though it never existed.

What have been your biggest learnings from the Internship?

I have finished the program with an even better understanding of the digital languages. I am fascinated by the process of creating, testing and delivering innovative products – and look forward to mastering the skills I have learned here. We graduated from the internship program, now where’s the party?


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