Olga Deviatova | Full-time Graduate Software Developer (Utilities) | Auckland

Qualifications: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Software Engineering and a Postgraduate Diploma in IT     

How did you secure the internship?
Once I completed my postgraduate studies, I began investigating the NZ employment market as I was serious about landing my first job here. While I researched local software companies, I came to know of Gentrack. The company sounded like the ideal workplace, so I submitted my CV with a cover letter to HR, asking if there was a suitable vacancy.

Why did you apply for an internship?
After four years of maternity leave, I wanted to restart my career and return to the occupation that I love. That’s why when Gentrack offered me the internship, I accepted it at once!

What did you get involved in as an intern?
The main project that I want to outline was the performance testing benchmark, which involved the use of Amazon Web Services, Boto3, Jenkins and Plotly for JavaScript. I worked alongside two other interns on this exciting project.

How has the internship impacted your professional development?
The internship was a very interesting and exciting experience as it gave me the opportunity to practically apply to real projects the theory that I was taught during my postgraduate programme. It was also very interesting to learn about the local work culture and organising processes. I was lucky to be part of an awesome team, and, I liked how we organised tasks, shared expertise and collaborated with each other.

Did the internship meet your expectations?
I’m delighted to say that the internship exceeded my expectations!

What do you love about working at Gentrack?
Just in one word: people.

Do you have any tips for future Gentrack interns?
Don’t be afraid to express your opinions or share your ideas. Also, remain keen and curious.