Students + Startups in the Jungle: Dane's Final Reflections

Although my internship at Jungle Disk is coming to an end, I can’t help but feel that my time here has been one of the most productive and educational experiences of my life. Coming to Jungle Disk, I expected to have a single, narrow role, but I could not have been more wrong. Instead, I have been given the opportunity to explore a multitude of diverse aspects in the software development and debugging lifecycle. As an intern, I have learned from my experienced supervisor, Wes Dunn, the best practices for writing high-quality code. As a mentor to high school interns at Jungle Disk, I have been able to discover my passion for leading a team through new and difficult challenges. The Students + Startups experience has provided an environment for me to reflect and grow from my experiences over the summer and to date in my education with the guidance and network support of professional entrepreneurs. Within each of these roles, I learned new lessons that simply could not have been discovered by simply programming independently.

While I learned many lessons during my time at Jungle Disk, I have a couple in mind that I feel are most applicable. The first piece of advice I would give is to make goals as early as possible and keep them simple. Allow for the ability for the goals to change or grow as your internship progresses and the expectations of your supervisor take shape. I found from personal experience that having the ability to be guided by my goals helped keep my focus clear. The second piece of advice I would give to my past self would be to continually reflect and assess your internship experience. Thankfully, the Students + Startups program already provides a platform for students to do just that. Within these reflections, I came to realizations about the most valuable aspects of the internship and was able to clarify my most important lessons learned.

I am so grateful for the Students + Startups internship that Jungle Disk and specifically my supervisor, Wes Dunn, has given me. While the summer went by quickly, the lessons I have learned from my internship will remain with me for the rest of my professional career. I also want to thank the rest of the interns at Jungle Disk for being amazing friends and peer mentors. I look forward to what the future holds and I am grateful for my incredible summer internship at Jungle Disk.

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