Review of the 2006 ExploreRochesterIT Summer Rotational Intern Program

Kirk Bryan

BS Information Technology
Department of Information Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology

Organizations:

  • Paychex
  • Frontier
  • Energy East

Projects and Activities:

I worked on a lot of networking projects such as updating switches and firewalls, program testing and network inventory.

About My Experience:

I went into the program hoping to find out what in IT I wanted to study. Paychex was my first stop. It was a very relaxed and very cool place to work. I learned a lot of things about IT and how important IT was to Paychex's business in making almost everything they do. After being at Paychex for a while and seeing different departments, I realized that networking was for me.

My second spot was Frontier. The whole time I was there I was working on a network inventory project which was very cool. I learned a lot about their network architecture and how to use Cisco commands on routers and switches. My last stop was Energy East which was very nice. I updated switches with new firmwire updates. Also I helped one of the senior network engineers set up this new firewall. I learned so much about Rochester by the end of the summer and realized what I really wanted to do.

What were the positive aspects about your experience?

The most positive thing to me was realize what I wanted to focus on in college.


Swabhu Gupta

MBA, Marketing and MIS
Rochester Institute of Technology

Organizations:

  • Excellus/BlueCross BlueShield
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • Wegmans

Projects and Activities:

CRM, IT Operations

About My Experience:

This program was 100% beneficial to me in terms of my future goals. It was an eye opener to the real world. I just realized that it is a lot different than the content I studied in the courses.

I am a MBA student, coming straight from my undergrad in IT. I was blessed to get into this program as I was just about to experience the environment in three different companies. Excellus is part of a $4 billion family of companies that finances and delivers health care services across upstate New York, Bausch and Lomb is a manufacturer, and Wegmans is the leading supermarket brand. Believe it or not, Wegmans IT infrastructure is comparable to the Pentagon insight we see on television!

I pretty much shadowed people in various departments in Excellus. It was exciting to see how people organize the projects through various team meetings and the project managers always strive to keep everything intact. Bausch and Lomb was even more fun as I was a "part" of a project team this time. Vic Dinitto did a great job in explaining our areas of interest beforehand and we were all set to work in our choice of department right from day one. All those lunch meetings with CIOs and Vice Presidents are also worth mentioning. Wegmans, as I said, was a different world. No doubt they are the number one employer. Wegmans organized tours of all of their departments and showed us how the peanut butter goes with jelly and how the warehouses, bakery, processing centers, and stores go hand-in-hand with IT.

In all, it was an awesome experience to be a part of this program, and its already paying off for me.

What were the positive aspects about your experience?

It's a great exposure to the real world. Things are a lot different than what taught in the school. I have an entirely different view towards the courses I am taking now. Now, I know what exactly will help me in the future to get a job out of a lecture or homework.
Feedback:

In all, it was an awesome experience to be a part of this program, and its already paying off for me. If you are a student and have any questions, please feel free to contact me at sxg9600[at]rit.edu. Thanks, Swabhu.


Nick Dean
Applied Networking and System Administration
Monroe Community College

Organizations:

  • Bausch & Lomb
  • Wegmans
  • University of Rochester

Projects and Activities:

I helped with troubleshooting wireless access points and devices. I configured wireless access points for dorms and other buildings. I also analyzed incoming network traffic being blocked by gateway routers.

About My Experience:

At Bausch and Lomb I helped with their compliance to the Sarbanes Oxley regulations and met with most of the IT departments. I also observed some network traffic and learned how to analyze it to determine whether it was malicious or not. At Wegmans I met with the entire IT department and helped troubleshoot wireless networks in the stores and helped connect a DSL line in one of the warehouses. At the University of Rochester Bryan and I configured about 80 wireless access points and designed a system to keep one of their switching rooms and their network operations room online if the power goes out.

What were the positive aspects about your experience?

There are almost too many positive aspects of this program to list. Some of them include the contacts you make through the different companies and the chance to apply some of the things you've learned in school to real life situations. The most important aspect of this program would have to be seeing how it all fits together in real life.

Feedback:

My experience this summer was awesome. The people I met, the work I did, it was the best way you could spend a summer internship. The people at the different companies made the experience so much better because of their energy and enthusiasm for this program. It was great sitting in a room with the CIO of a 2 billion dollar company and having him ask you questions about what "you" thought about things. Applying the knowledge I've learned in school was another thing that was pretty cool. Completing tasks and projects that actually meant something gave me a good feeling when I came home at the end of the day. It may not be as fun as sitting by the pool all day, but really what is? I would recommend this program to any student pursuing an IT degree who wants to get their foot in the door and get some real world experience.


Subin Sindurakar
BS Computer Science & Computational Science
SUNY Brockport

Organizations:

  • University of Rochester
  • Paychex
  • Frontier

Projects and Activities:

University of Rochester: Web programming (with PHP, HTML and MySQL) for ITS Web Services. Initiated and completed an online survey form for the university website with administrative control to view records. Also worked with other existing web applications.

Paychex: Interacted and shadowed IT professionals from several IT departments and received better understanding of the work nature and environment of each. Worked on gathering information and creating an intranet portal webpages for one of the application departments.

Frontier: Interacted and shadowed IT Support Services, Desktop Support and PC Application staff members. Worked on programming assignments(with coldFusion and SQL Server) for PC Application team.

About My Experience:

I find myself very fortunate for getting the opportunity to participate in the Explore RochesterIT program. Being in college, I have always been interested in different career paths taken by computer science major graduates and have wondered what it would be like to work at those job positions. Through Explore RochesterIT program I was able to work for three different renowned companies in Rochester area. So it was thrice the excitement for me. I was able to see in first hand the wide role IT was playing in University of Rochester, Paychex and Frontier. I witnessed the daily work methods of several IT professionals such as webmasters, application developers, system administrators, database administrators, system security personnel and more.

The nine weeks long co-op period through the program was a very informative and enriching experience to me. I found the companies and their staff very committed to making sure that that the co-ops took full advantage of the resources available during their stay. They gave me an opportunity to shadow and interact with company staff and also assist them. I felt very special when the co-ops were given tours of company Data Centers which were heavily secured even from the company staff members. Most of all I am really glad that I was able to work on projects relating to web programming as I had some previous experience in it. The companies were flexible enough to allow me to work on assignments that I had particular interest in. As a result, I was involved in projects relating to web programming in all three companies. With my past knowledge and good guidance from the staff, I was able to work with new web programming languages and environments on applications directly affecting the company.

I am extremely grateful to all the companies and their professional staff who took out time from their busy schedule and introduced us to their career world. The introduction to the work culture and its expectations, an idea of skills and qualities demanded by the present market and the personal advice from the staff members have all been very valuable to me. The experience in the program as a co-op will definitely influence my further studies and career path.

What were the positive aspects about your experience?

Greatly varied experience in a short span of time, interaction with the IT professionals, hands-on work, wide networking opportunities


Bryan Woodard
BS in Computer Science
SUNY Fredonia

Organizations:

  • Bausch & Lomb
  • Wegmans
  • University of Rochester


Projects and Activities:

B&L: Application Security audits and monitoring network traffic

Wegmans: Overview of each area in IT, explored new ares of IT

U of R: recommending UPS solutions for NOC and network closet, programmed APs for campus buildings

About My Experience:

Nick Dean and I started out at Bausch & Lomb. We worked with the Application Security department on their user access audits for most of the time. The rest of our stay at B&L was spent monitoring network traffic and hunting down malicious programs or unpatched machines.

Then we went over to Wegmans. At Wegmans, we met with many different people and talked about what they did in the IT department. For most, they gave us an overview of their jobs and responsibilities. Sometimes they did this through having us shadow them. Other times, we had meetings where we talked about their department and its role in the Wegmans IT department.

The University of Rochester was our last stop. There, we were given the responsibility of finding an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) solution for a network closet and their NOC. After that was done, we helped program numerous wireless Access Points for buildings that were being upgraded to a wireless network.

What were the positive aspects about your experience?

It was a great way to find out what an IT job is like. It also helped me figure out the direction I want my career to go in.

Feedback:

This was a great opportunity to help me figure out what career path I want to take when I graduate. Until this summer, I had no idea what a job in IT would be like. From working at three different companies and experiencing three different IT departments, I feel like I am much better prepared for the working world after I graduate. This program gave me important insights into the IT community, as well as help direct my actions and studies for obtaining a future career.