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20+ quotes about being a summer intern at Futurice

01-12-2020Culture

Every summer, we hire a group of summer workers to work with us and our clients and to learn the ropes of the software industry. Some of them continue their careers elsewhere but quite many continue at Futurice after their first summer experience. I talked with a few of our former summer employees and asked them about their summer and what they do right now.

Juha-Matti Santala

Developer Advocate

What did you do during your summer at Futurice?

“My main responsibilities were maintaining and developing a web site, so mostly frontend work. However, as it quite often happens you need to do something on the backend too, so quite simple work on the backend as well. Few things with infrastructure and CMS systems. You could say that I dipped my toes in every aspect of developing and maintaining the project.”

  • Ivan, Software Developer, Summer worker 2019

“How did I start? Well, by traveling to Prague to attend the yearly FutuCamp :D It was a super fun trip. The beginning of my career as a developer also included some onboarding and getting to know Futurice a bit better. After a few weeks my first project ever started.”

  • Severi, Software Developer, Summer worker 2017

“I started with an internal project which at the time was connecting new HR systems-solution to existing Futurice's custom made solution.”

  • Matti, Software Developer, Summer worker 2017

“An emerging tech project. I helped build the first face recognition application of its kind in Finland. ”

  • Kilian, Senior Designer, Summer worker, 2018

What did you learn during the summer?

“Futurice was the first company in my early career where I felt like I was in a proper community of like-minded developers. The work I had done before Futurice was in more of a lone wolf setting.”

  • Lauri, Senior Software Developer, Summer worker 2011

"I was able to learn a lot during the summer. I learned a new developing platform, get to know more about the agile project management, and how to communicate with teammates and clients. Everyone is so helpful and supportive which made the summer period enjoyable and valuable even during lockdown time."

  • Minh, Software Developer, Summer worker 2020

“A lot. I learned anything from the basics of Git to how to communicate with a client. I learned the basics and more advanced features of Elm and how a Single Page Application is built with it. I learned how to build a user registration and user management DB and integrate it with an existing and external user registry. I also learned a lot about testing frontend and backend. Not to forget the process of actually deploying and releasing the application to the public. It was exciting!”

  • Severi, Software Developer, Summer worker 2017

“Confidence in your own skills. Curiosity and interest is much needed in work-life. A lot of adult life stuff like: Everyone has neck problems.”

  • Kilian, Senior Designer, Summer worker, 2018

“Most important lesson aside from tech stuff, was how to work with a team and how to ask help early. Team gave me actionable feedback that helped me to grow as developer.”

  • Ivan, Software Developer, Summer worker 2019

What has been a highlight of your career at Futurice so far?

“I am absolutely loving my current project. A client that trusts us, so we get to do everything the right way, using interesting tech.”

  • Nestor, Software Developer, Summer worker 2016

“Learning from my colleagues. Projects come and go, but the main thing keeps me in Futurice is the people. When I was a summer trainne I had so many people helping me and teaching me. I still get a lot of learnings from my colleagues. People are very open and sharing in Futurice.”

  • Maritere, Senior Service Designer, Summer worker 2017

“The trust we're given as employees is very comforting. We are trusted to make the best decisions by ourselves. We can make flexible work time arrangements. We are granted wide responsibility for real world issues in customer cases, and trusted to do a good job with taking care of them.”

  • Lauri, Senior Software Developer, Summer worker 2011

“Finishing my thesis supported by Futurice's thesis camp.”

  • Lisha, Designer, Summer worker 2018

"After the summer time, I got the chance to receive feedback from my teammates. I’m happy to received good feedback and understand where and how I can improve myself in the future. Knowing that my work being recognized and appreciated is a highlight for the summer."

  • Minh, Software developer, Summer worker 2020

What tips would you like to give to the summer applicants this year?

“Be critical and curious about the future. Hands-on skills are important but nothing beats a mind that can bring sense to complex problems and challenge the status quo.”

  • Kilian, Senior Designer, Summer worker, 2018

“Remember that you are not alone in the team and ask early if you don't know. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts :)”

  • Ivan, Software Developer, Summer worker 2019

“It is a good opportunity to work and learn from the other talents. And big chance to stay if you are looking forward to a long term job.”

  • Lisha, Designer, Summer worker 2018

“Ask why. :) Even though you might be a summer intern, that doesn't mean you can't have great ideas. Please feel free to question our decisions and practices, we want to also learn from you!”

  • Lauri, Senior Software Developer, Summer worker 2011

"Checkout the timeline in order to prepare all the needed documents. Bring out your best projects, be confident and be yourself. :)"

  • Minh, Software developer, Summer worker 2020

“The most important thing in an interview is to present your thought process, not the correct answer.”

  • Jussi, Developer, Summer worker 2015

“If you have studies after the summer-job has ended, I highly recommend finishing the studies before continuing.“

  • Matti, Software Developer, Summer worker 2017

“For me the summer job in Futurice was all about learning new things. As I previously worked as a musician I really had no clue what to expect. I'm sure it will be a fun and valuable experience to you too. I hope to see you in 2021!”

  • Severi, Software Developer, Summer worker 2017

Anything else you wanna say?

“If you feel lost in the IT-field, Futurice is the place. In my opinion at Futurice you can get a solid outlook of what you can do as an IT professional.”

  • Matti, Software Developer, Summer worker 2017

“It’s a great company to get experience, you also get a lot of responsibility as summer workers, so it's for people ready to start their career.”

  • Maritere, Senior Service Designer, Summer worker 2017

Our application period for 2021 summer is open 1.12.2020 – 10.1.2021 and you can find the open positions from futurice.com/careers.

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