I had the opportunity to work at CSUN META+LAB, a university ran tech start-up located in Northridge, California for my senior year internship. This was an amazing experience where I was able to work alongside other interns as well as experienced staff Developers and staff Designers to build multiple powerful client facing products.
My tenure at META+LAB not only tested my skills but also honed them, allowing me to emerge as a more evolved individual and developer.
Goal of Internship
Before joining META+LAB I aimed to:
- Acquire knowledge in back-end web development.
- Understand the dynamics of team collaboration in product delivery.
- Amass valuable professional experience.
Back then, my work experience was limited to my academic coursework and self-taught technical skills. Among these were proficiency in the command line and a foundational understanding of Git, including the GitHub Flow workflow.
Personal Challenges and Growth
At META+LAB, my personal and professional growth trajectories soared. Apart from fulfilling my initial internship objectives, I gleaned insights into the intricacies of operating a start-up. This ranged from assuming multifaceted roles, adhering to coding standards and best practices, to continuously refining those standards. Additionally, I gained a firsthand perspective on implementing the SCRUM methodology.
The imperative of acquainting myself with the technology stack and the software development approach propelled my rapid advancement.
Here are some projects I had the opportunity to contribute to during my stint at META+LAB:
- Faculty Profiles
- An application curated to spotlight CSUN's esteemed faculty and underscore the ethos of the university.
- Scholarship Application
- An affiliated application highlighting CSUN faculty-funded research and their specific research pursuits.
- Electronic Thesis and Dissertation
- A digital workflow manager utilized by all CSUN Master's students for their theses and dissertations.
My journey at META+LAB has etched an indelible mark on my professional canvas. I'm profoundly grateful to the entire META+LAB team for their unwavering guidance, entrusting me with leadership roles, and offering an unparalleled work experience.