When I first arrived at LiveRamp, I was unsure of what to expect for the summer. It would be my first major internship, and I had many worries about how it would turn out. What if my coding is not up to par? What if I get stuck with a boring, obscure project? Will people get annoyed if I ask too many questions? After interning here, I can safely say that my summer at LiveRamp was one of the most fun and rewarding experiences I’ve ever had.
As a LiveRamp intern, the projects you work on are just like any a full-time employee would work on. You are not given some special intern project that will never reach production or some obscure task that will never see the light of day. My first project was on the Distribution team, where I worked with adding international support for some of the stats we display. When I first started, I was shocked at how much code there was to sift through and understand; in school, most of the projects are self-contained and any background information is handed out on a silver platter. However, my mentor was extremely willing to help and answer any questions I had. He also reviewed all my code and constantly provided me with great feedback on both what I was doing well and how I could improve my coding. Additionally, since the project I worked with was fairly large in scope, I often had to communicate with other people on different teams, and each one of them were more than happy to help out. As a result, I was able to find my way through the code much more quickly than I expected. The internship provides an immersive learning experience that helps you learn by doing, and I truly believe this is the best way to learn how to write better code.
Besides learning a great deal about coding, I was also pleasantly surprised by the excellent culture at LiveRamp. Everyone works very hard and genuinely cares about their work, but at the same time, they also know how to have fun. Between game nights, happy hours, a weekend camping trip, and much, much more, there was never a shortage of things to do after a good day’s work. I originally viewed LiveRamp as just a place where I could gain coding experience, but it is much more than that. It is a place where I can enjoy the work I do and have fun with a great group of like-minded people.
I highly recommend anyone who is motivated to learn and looking for a great summer experience to apply to LiveRamp.
Rolland He, Intern Summer 2015
Mathematical and Computational Sciences, Stanford University