The #GrouponU Blog is back for 2014. We’ll regularly feature a Groupon intern or recent college grad telling you about their experience first-hand tackling challenging problems and getting to know our teams. Today’s entry is from Jeff, returning for his second stint as a Groupon Intern. Jeff talks about what’s different this time around, his increased responsibility, and gives an overall verdict on being a Groupon Intern.
Who are you?
Hey there! My name is Jeff and I’m an undergrad student at the University of Waterloo (Canada!) pursuing Computer Science. I’m here interning for a second time at Groupon.
What do you do?
I’ve been very fortunate to intern on the iOS Consumer Team as a Software Engineer for the two internships. My work has spanned multiple releases of heading new features and heavy bug squashing.
How was the first time?
As the mobile team works in very quick development sprints, I was able to ramp up quickly by tackling tons of bugs. This was definitely a great way to become familiar with many areas of the codebase before starting on features and improvements. There were many opportunities to choose intriguing verticals of the app to work with, and this allowed me to develop the skills that interested me most. I was treated as an integral, working cog in the team as opposed to just a supplementary resource.
“This signaled to me early on that it was going to be a great experience.”
What changed for you when returning?
Returning for a second time to the same team let me hit the ground running when I started. Being familiar with a codebase and team dynamic allowed me start on new features right away with very little ramp-up time. I felt responsibilities greatly increase which has been a great motivator to improve myself even more. Like the late and great Uncle Ben once said, “With great responsibility, comes great power!” (or something like that).
“The ability to lead development on full features was an incredible experience that surpassed anything I’ve done before.”
I became completely immersed in the company’s ecosystem and produced alongside my peers.
What’s the culture like?
Groupon fosters a very welcoming environment. There have been many social events weekly to socialize and meet Grouponers from all across the verticals. There were social outings, happy hours, lunch and learns, and more! Meeting so many really great people was the icing on the cake for this fantastic internship experience.
Tackling difficult challenges in fast-paced environment with intelligent, friendly people makes Groupon an incredible company to work at and I’m looking forward to see where they go next!