SHEFALI AGARWAL

Software Development Engineering Intern
Palo Alto, CA
Joined: 2018

Find yourself a team that will ride the elevator with you every day when you have an injury, just to keep you company.

What school do you go to?

Cornell University

What team are you interning for?

Groupon API (GAPI) team

What are you working on so far?

I am working on building a friendly user interface where Groupon clients are able to fill out a form in order to submit a GAPI ticket (which is a request to change something in the GAPI team’s internal files), change their internal files automatically and create a pull request on GitHub, all with one click of a button. Before the project was set up, the GAPI team had to do all of that manually and it was very tedious, but with my project, this process will be a lot faster and lot more efficient.

But most importantly, what do your parents think you do?

They think I make pretty pictures on the computer and they also think I am a pro at Photoshop (I’m really not).

What’s been the most memorable part of your Groupon experience so far?

I had injured my knee a couple weeks into my internship and ever since then, someone from GAPI always keeps me company when I use the elevator even though the stairs are right next to where we sit. It may seem like a small and insignificant thing, but to me, it shows that the team really cares about each other!

Just being at Groupon and specifically on the GAPI team has been amazing. There is never a dull moment on this team, what with the weekly Mario Kart sessions and the jokes/roasts that we constantly throw at each other! I have also become really close to some of the other interns at Groupon, some of whom are now my best friends! I can honestly say that I have met some amazing people and I will definitely be keeping in touch with everyone I have met here, even after I finish my internship.

What’s been most surprising so far about interning at Groupon?

The one thing I have been most surprised by is how easily I have been to become friends with the people at Groupon. I expected everyone to be a bit introverted because of how computer scientists are normally depicted, but I was pleasantly surprised to come in on my first day to find a letter signed by everyone on GAPI welcoming me to their team. I was also surprised by the open environment at Groupon where employees can just stroll up to another team without any hesitation whatsoever to ask them a question or just chat. The company culture at Groupon is honestly the best that I have seen yet and I absolutely love it.

What’s the most innovative technology you’ve experienced in your lifetime?

The most innovative technology has to be the VR goggles that I got to try out at an event about a year ago. It was honestly like I had stepped into a whole new world. The idea of virtual reality really fascinates me and it blows my mind that we are living at a time where that is made possible. The time, thought and effort that has gone into making that a reality is absolutely amazing.

What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

The Harry Potter Series! I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan! I love it so much that I have been to the Harry Potter theme park, have a crazy amount of Harry Potter merchandise, read the books and seen the movies countless number of times and know everything there is to know about it.

My Instagram is mainly photos of ____________.

Food and friends! (But mainly food).

What’s the coolest thing you’ve experienced in Palo Alto?

The views! I have not been to any place else where I can go from the ocean, to the hills, to the desert within an hour. The Bay Area is absolutely beautiful!