At Fog Creek Software our internship program is the backbone of company growth. Currently, ten of our sixteen full-time developers were past interns. Each intern receives a mentor and works on real features, with the goal to ship — frequently multiple times before they go back to school. We want them to be able to go home and say, “Look, Ma / friend / roommate / Fido, I made that!”
Our current class certainly worked hard to get here. We received over 600 applications, did close to 200 phone interviews, conducted 27 in-person interviews, and ended up with this fantastic group of ten developer interns and one part-time support intern. In addition to being incredibly smart (some shipped code by the end of their first week), team Iguana* has proven to be an outgoing, fun bunch! The internship class is split into two groups this year: one group is working on Kiln, and the other on Trello.
The thing that I personally love about our program is that, yes, getting through the door involves a highly competitive process but, once our interns are here, all that goes away. They aren’t competing for a limited number of job offers. We want our interns to work together, become friends, and have fun doing it. Our collaborative and supportive culture at Fog Creek helps a lot, but we also throw in some events to make sure they don’t over do it. Throughout the summer, our interns will go fishing, rediscover pizza and the West Village on Scott’s Pizza Tour, see a summer blockbuster, attend Once the Musical, take a trapeze class, go to the New York State Aquarium, enjoy the party deck at a Mets game, head to Coney Island, sing some karaoke, play in a game night with the HackNY fellows, and even spend a day hitting some balls (golf, baseball, ping pong, etc.) out on Randall’s Island.
Given their wide range of backgrounds and interests, we thought it would be fun to introduce to the world our summer 2013 interns!
Howdy, I’m Stuart, a 4th year Electrical Engineer at Michigan Technological University from Ann Arbor. This summer I’m working with my mentor to create “Webhooks” for Trello. It’s an exciting project that’ll reduce some load on our servers. In my free time I enjoy running, reading, and 1337h4x0rz.
Hi! I’m Bonnie, a rising senior in the Computer Science department at Princeton. I’m originally from Ocean City, MD — a tourist town. This summer I’m working with my mentor, Hamid, as well as one of the other interns, JB, on a major redesign of the Trello Android app (with tablet support!). I’m a fantasy novel junkie and this summer I’m trying to teach myself some Irish pennywhistle tunes.
Hello! I’m Josh and I’m a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying math and computer science. I hail from northern New Jersey and am one of five brothers. In my spare time, I love playing Frisbee. This summer I’m working on the Kiln team to add some exciting new features.
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Hello, my name is Elijah and I come from Berkeley, California. I am a rising senior at Brown University studying Computer Science and Applied Math. This summer I’m working on the Trello team to add some fun new features. I enjoy running and being outdoors.
Hey, I’m JB, a rising senior at Columbia University. I’m originally from Huntington, NY and I love corgis! In my free time I’m usually biking, coding, or swinging at the rings in Riverside Park. This summer I’m working with Hamid and Bonnie on the Android app for Trello, adding tablet compatibility and other cool new features.
Hey! I’m Will, a recent graduate of Hunter College High School and an incoming freshman (prospective computer engineering major) at Brown University. I live in Brooklyn, NYC and although I may not be super athletic myself, I like to build robots to play sports for me. I’m working with the Fog Creek support team to open source some GUI apps we use here to help us handle calls and requests.
Hello, I’m William. I’m a rising senior at Brown University and am studying math and computer science. Originally, I am from Baltimore. When I don’t need to do something important, I usually split my time between books and computer games. This summer, I’m working on a variety of Kiln-related projects.
Hello everyone! I’m Matt, a rising senior at Duke University studying Computer Science. This summer I’m working on the Trello Power-Ups system to give you guys Card Aging and a much asked for Calendar View. In my free time I really enjoy reading, playing the cello, and finding/cooking new exciting foods.
I’m Sam, a rising senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, majoring in computer science and applied math. I’m from Buffalo, NY, and when I’m not working, I like to spend my time reading and playing video games or Magic. Over the next couple of months I’ll be working on various Kiln features.
Hello, I’m Jonathan. I am a senior at the University of Michigan studying computer science engineering. I am originally from Grosse Ile, Michigan, a small island in south-east Michigan. The extra time I do have, I devote to reading, biking, and a community service organization called Circle K. This summer, I am working with Aaron Dufour to add support for incoming emails to Trello (https://trello.com/c/245izli3).
Hi, I’m Joe. I’m a rising senior at the University of Minnesota Morris studying computer science and statistics. I grew up in Minneapolis and just got back from 6 months living in Oslo, Norway! This summer I’m working on adding Power-Ups to Trello (calendar view and pirate mode, oh my). In my free time I enjoy photography and playing piano.
We’ll be accepting applications for our Summer 2014 program beginning September, 2013. Keep an eye on our careers page for more information!
*Each year the intern class is named after the next letter in the alphabet. This year is “I”. Do you have a fantastic “J” animal name recommendation for next year? Talk to me!