The #GrouponU Blog is back for 2015! We’ll regularly feature a Groupon intern or recent college grad telling you about their experience tackling challenging problems and getting to know our teams. Today’s post features Christine, one of our Chicago interns who has tackled Ember, Go, and paddleboarding so far.
What do you do at Groupon? I’m a Software Engineering intern on the Goods Deals Platform team in the Chicago office.
What are you working on? I just finished wrapping up a UI feature for the Goods Vendor Portal using Ember. I actually didn’t know Ember before joining Groupon and it’s been fun to learn. I am currently working on high throughput proxy in Go; it’s really exciting to be writing in Go at Groupon. It’s something I’ve been playing with outside of work, but it’s definitely a lot more exciting to use it at my internship, where speed is integral to this project. Engineers at Groupon have a lot of freedom in deciding how to build projects.
How’s Groupons culture? One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about my internship has been how friendly people are and how willing they are to help you. I meet with my manager and mentor regularly, and if I’m ever stuck on something I can easily just chat our entire team to ask a question. Even as an intern, I feel like people at Groupon are invested in making sure you’re maximizing your experience and growth.
What is GeekOn? GeekOn is Groupon’s internal week-long hackathon. All engineers across all the offices are encouraged to create something innovative, build that tool you’ve always wanted, or simply learn something new. This past GeekOn in July, some of the other interns and I spent our week building a travel itinerary planning tool. We used a node.js server, handlebars for our front-end templating, and the minimalize css framework. It was a really rewarding experience to be spending an entire week focusing on something entirely different from what our teams normally do and presenting it to the rest of the office!
What’s been the best part of your summer? It’s been really fun exploring Chicago with the other interns. We even used a Groupon to go standup paddleboarding one weekend on Lake Michigan. I’m a major foodie and we’ve really taken advantage of all the great restaurants in Chicago.