At Nelnet, we pride ourselves on having excellent interns who do great work and make a positive impact here. So when our interns decide they want to start their full-time career with us, we can’t help but tell the world how great they are. For our New to Nelnet November 2020 feature, we checked in with two former interns:
How did your Nelnet internship prepare you for your full-time role?
Juan: I was able to learn the quality and amount of work that is appreciated and helps in the project progression. The skills I needed were displayed in my tasks, and gave me goals to reach by solving them.
Timothy: I learned the general process of working on an agile team and all of the ceremonies as well as a number of tools used at Nelnet related to development work like Atlassian suite, Bamboo, SonarQube, and IntelliJ.
How does your full-time position differ from your internship?
Juan: The type of work I am doing has not changed, but I am now able to choose more of the tasks I will be taking on.
Timothy: I no longer have to clock in and out, and there are some added responsibilities like joining on-call rotations and 4×4 reviews.
How would you describe Nelnet’s culture?
Juan: Friendly and supportive toward everyone. Improvement is promoted and appreciated.
Timothy: Incredibly supportive – Nelnet makes it a goal to make it an awesome place to work, and in my opinion they hold true to that value.
What are a few of your favorite things about working at Nelnet?
Juan: I’ve only had positive interactions with coworkers. Nelnet has been very active about posting useful information for associates regarding any concerns with events going on.
Timothy: The ability to work from home (especially during current turbulent times), casual dress, self-directed teams, and work-life balance with ample earned time off.
What does a “typical” day look like for you?
Juan: Checking in on emails and notifications periodically, work meetings, communicating directly with coworkers when help is needed, and working on my own tasks.
Timothy: I log on in the morning (currently remotely) and work for a few hours before our standup meeting. Then, I meet with the team and continue development work for the rest of the day, outside of any other meetings I need to attend, like Scrum ceremonies.
Any final advice for college students looking for internships?
Juan: Constantly work towards becoming better as it helps everyone. Put the time and effort into preparing yourself for the opportunities you want in your future.
Timothy: Apply early and make sure to highlight and talk about any relevant technical skills you have that others may not.
Bonus question: Give us a fun fact about yourself!
Juan: I was one of Nelnet’s first-ever remote interns.
Timothy: I had not coded much at all before jumping into a computer science degree!
Visit our internship page to learn more about life as a Nelnet intern.