This summer, MindTouch expanded its internship program and brought in 7 college students from a number of top tier universities including: UCSD, SDSU, UCSC and Pitzer. MindTouch participated in UCSD’s Academic Internship Program (AIP) which allows juniors & seniors to receive college credit while getting real-life experience. We received two great interns from this program – Paradee Sangkhapet and Zhaoyang Zeng. They joined the Engineering department as Quality Assurance testers along with Chantal Estevez (Pitzer), Ahjay Sidhu (SDSU) and Sahil Sangani (UCSC). They had an extremely productive summer where they:
- Ran, updated, and created software regression tests.
- Worked on test plans for new features.
- Created, ran, and updated our new Selenium driven test automation suite. Helping us develop best practices for a new feature used by our QA Team.
Miller Saltzman joined the Customer Success team for his second summer at MindTouch. He aided with developing a new documentation process, reviewing and editing new and updated help docs on our Customer Success site. All of which helped him hone his communication skills, creativity, and problem solving skills. Miller also spearheaded the MindTouch Garden project!
From left to right: Miller Saltzman, Zhaoyang Zeng, Ahjay Sidhu, Chantal Estevez, Paradee Sangkhape, Sahil Sangani, and Thomas Friedrich
I have been working at MindTouch for just over 3 years now and I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. After just the first week of working here, everybody knew me by name and welcomed me with opened arms. I honestly believe that these people are now my second family. They shape my life and I am sure I have shaped theirs in some small way. I have improved my abilities to work in teams, meet deadlines, not be afraid to ask for help or clarification, and so so much more. However, with this family, just as if it was off a television show, we are all unique characters here. The life everybody brings to it and the small and tight-knit group we have makes “work” a very fun place, which not everybody can say. I am proud to call MindTouch my home.
I have just started working at MindTouch this summer and it has been a great experience to be a part of. The environment created at MindTouch is great and a place where if you have any question, inquiry, or ideas people are open to listen and respond. I work for the QA Department here at MindTouch, but throughout my time here I have had the opportunity to learn about the Engineering team, Sales, and Support who all work together to keep this company moving forward. It’s great seeing pieces of the site grow from week to week with new innovations that add real quality.
Having just finished my freshman year at UCSC, I could not have asked for a better place to be this summer. Working on the QA team is a great experience because both the work that is done and the people I do it with. I am currently studying computer science and because of that people ask me all the time what I’m planning on pursuing as a career. Usually my answer revolves around something to do with programming and business or the classic “I don’t know yet”. However, here at MindTouch, I have been exposed to many different fields which helps guide me toward what I like and don’t like. It is a fun work environment and I’m stoked I have this opportunity.
This summer has been a wonderful and incredible experience! As a student of Electrical Engineering, I always want to apply the skills I learn in class to the real world. Whether to invent new products, to help consumers with technical difficulties, or to make life-relevant brands through social networking, I would like to use my skills to solve complex problems that would make a difference in people’s lives. MindTouch has definitely helped me in developing these crucial skills. The experience here has taught me skills about courage, hard work, discipline, and organization. Furthermore, every opportunity here has benefit me in developing my sense of professionalism, accountability, leadership, adaptability, and other essential sensibilities that serves as important foundations to success. Interning here has also helped me in answering questions I had for myself. As a college student who will be graduating in 2 years, the varying degrees of challenges I had overcame here were eye-opening experiences that help to shape me as the person I am becoming. I could not thank you enough for giving me such amazing opportunities to taste a bite of the real business world. Despite the short amount of time, it was truly a meaningful and valuable experience I could ever ask for. Thank you for having me here at MindTouch – summer 2014
This summer has been filled with learning experiences both on the academic and career level, as well as moments of self growth and skill development that I will apply to the rest of my professional life. This is my first summer working for MindTouch and everyday I feel fortunate to be a part of a group of friendly, intelligent, and hardworking individuals that come together to make not only a comfortable work environment, but also a family. This summer I came from my home in Boston, Massachusetts to work for the Quality Assurance and Engineering team at MindTouch where I run manual and automated tests on the product. I am a rising sophomore at Pitzer college in Claremont, California and I am seeking to acquire bachelor degrees in computer science and French. This is my first time visiting San Diego and I now consider it to be a second home. The fact that MindTouch is conveniently located in downtown San Diego makes my summer internship experience even more enjoyable, as we have the perfect view of the coast right outside the office. One of my favorite things about MindTouch is that it cares about its employees. Not only are there three arcade machines for the employees’ enjoyment, but lunch is also catered three times a week and there are always a variety of snacks available for everyone. MindTouch is a cool company to work for because it’s young environment contributes a fresh and innovative feel to the software development industry and I am grateful to have my first summer internship in this wonderful place.
I just started my internship in MindTouch this summer and fell in love with this place after the first day. People are really nice here and they like to chat and to listen. The work environment here is just fantastic. Not much pressure but I’m still kept busy. I feel I learn new things everyday. MindTouch doesn’t only let me work but they also train me and want me to benefit from my experience here. I am appreciate that they bring me to their engineering meetings and some presentations to let me see how their meetings work. They keep me challenging myself by assigning difficult jobs after I finish my regular work. Anytime I find some cool features in MindTouch product, I can always chat with the creator! As a computer science student in UCSD, I find out this experience is unique and it teaches me lots of things that I can never touch in regular school work. Talking with experts here really guide me how I should progress my school work next. I am glad to be here this summer and want to stay here forever!
This is my second summer at MindTouch, and I love it! Everyone genuinely cares about you. This has created somewhat of a family atmosphere. I work in the Customer Success department and have been editing and creating MindTouch documentation on success.mindtouch.com. I’m passionate about changing the world, creative thinking, photography, hanging with friends, surfing, and going to the dog beach with Tux, my Border Collie. I’m a rising Sophomore at Pitzer College studying Political Science. I want to be the first Jewish president, and am trying to figure out what I want to do before that. MindTouch is a great place to help me learn what I’m good at. I’m encouraged to think outside of the box and come up with awesome projects that I’m passionate about: a MindTouch vegetable garden, a photoshoot of the office and downtown San Diego, and planning events. MindTouch being my first office job, I’ve learned a lot about how a company works and how to implement changes to make it better. There are no bad ideas, and everyone is encouraged to participate in making the company more successful and a better place to work at.