What is it like to be an intern at PhoneGap?
I remember the feeling of excitement that rushed through my body when I first learned that I would be interning on the PhoneGap team a few weeks ago. Immediately after my phone call with human resources, I began googling and reading up on all I could about PhoneGap. During my research, I was totally intrigued by the power of PhoneGap’s open-source framework that could make mobile development accessible to thousands of web developers! Coming from a background in native mobile development, I was amazed that you could develop mobile apps so quickly and for so many platforms at once. Suddenly, I became a bit nervous as my experience was mostly in native, Android dev and I knew little about what it was like to develop for other platforms. I had a lot of uncertainties and questions running through my mind: “How would I fit in here with my background in native mobile development? How different was it going to be? What would I work on during my internship? What as I going to do when my answers weren’t hidden somewhere in the good, old Android documentation? Bottom line: How would I fit in and be able to contribute to the PhoneGap team even as an intern?” When I arrived at the San Francisco office for the first week of my internship, all of these fears totally disappeared once I met and got to know the PhoneGap team. Immediately, on a more superficial level, I want to start talking about all of the fantastic free food, happy hours, the fact that I can wear a t-shirt to work, never have to wait in line for the women’s bathroom, and occasionally get to watch hockey games at lunch-time with my Canadian co-workers. On a more serious note, I find myself surrounded by a team of wonderful people that want to help me feel comfortable and become successful on my new career path.
From my first day, they have:
- Truly made a point of welcoming and getting to know me, whether they were sitting a few feet away from me or miles away in another time zone (even though I was a total newbie)
- Offered and continue to offer support with anything that I’m confused about - from finding the copy machine to helping me to understand the code that I am working on
- Created an environment where it feels completely normal to ask questions and bounce ideas off of each other
- Helped me to really understand that staying positive, patient, and having a good attitude towards being open to exploring and learning unfamiliar things can go a long way and make you an even better developer! There will always be something new to learn and getting attached to just one thing in this field (cough, cough … my beloved Android documentation) can be dangerous as development is an exciting, constantly evolving field!
- And of course, provided me with the best, dedicated mentors that are committed to helping me learn and grow as a developer by providing relevant work, answering my laundry lists of questions, and taking time to teach and review concepts that I am not familiar with (and trust me, there are tons!)
During my internship at PhoneGap, I know that I have A LOT more to learn, but I have felt challenged, supported, and included here since I walked through the door. I am very grateful for this internship experience and know that I couldn’t have been matched with a better team or a friendlier, more easygoing group of people. I am excited to grow as a new developer with PhoneGap and also looking forward to continue picking up a few more tips about hockey along the way.