IST intern collaborates on software engineering design at Rockwell Automation

IST intern collaborates on software engineering design at Rockwell Automation

Editor’s Note: This is the eighth in a series of stories highlighting College of Information Sciences and Technology students and their summer internships.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – To graduate, students at Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology must complete an internship in their field. However, many students, including Nick Alico, take advantage of the opportunity to go beyond the minimum requirement and explore multiple career opportunities before they graduate.

Although he already completed software engineering internships with Oracle and GE Healthcare in previous summers, Alico, a senior Schreyer Honors Scholar with a specialization in human-centered design and development, attended the IST virtual internship and job fair in the Fall 2020. It was there that he met a Penn State Alumnus who was recruiting students to do an internship at Rockwell Automation in Summer 2021.

“He really took the time to read my resume and connect my experiences with the values ​​and opportunities Rockwell Automation is proud to offer its interns, and the woman who interviewed me – who would eventually become my manager. – has extended such a supportive nature, “Alico said. “It was clear that Rockwell Automation wants to support the growth of their interns, both technically and interpersonally. It was an easy choice to make ”.

Alico accepted a position as an IT software engineering intern, through which he collaborated in various teams with senior designers and developers to improve the user interface and design of a full-stack internal service-based alert system. He attributes his success in this position to his experiences promoted by the College of IST both inside and outside the classroom.

“I learned a lot about what it means to work in an agile software development team,” said Alico. “Having these skills behind him has really done a lot to open the doors to professional internships and roles in the industry.”

Within the classroom, Alico also learned database technologies, programming standards, and testing practices, all of which have provided him with a solid foundation for learning different job-specific tools and languages ​​faster and more efficiently.

Additionally, Alico’s experience as an IST diplomat, through which he serves as an ambassador for the college, has enabled him to further connect with other students and staff. Working as part of a team that helps improve his communication skills is a tool that Alico has applied in his internships and in the workplace.

“Communication and collaboration are incredibly crucial in design and development, so I wanted to work to feel more comfortable speaking in front of groups and interacting with stakeholders,” said Alico.

College of IST students are able to participate in meaningful and important projects early in their careers.

These soft skills have enabled Alico to work confidently with brilliant professionals around the world.

“The idea of ​​collaborating with people I’ve never met on projects that will impact thousands of people in their daily activities is incredibly rewarding for me,” said Alico.

Alico’s latest internship at Rockwell Automation was the next step in his journey to become a user experience engineer upon graduation.

“I left Rockwell Automation with a broader skill set and a deeper degree of knowledge about some of the most popular software, technologies and skills that are desired in the world of software engineering today,” he said.

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