You’ll notice my usual routine when it comes to writing about internships is to tell you what I’ve applied to, tell you about how excited/scared/unqualified/suddenly constipated (eliminate as required) I’ve become about the interview and then to carry on, not mentioning the result. This is because it’s exactly how companies like to go about their internship applications. If you do not get the position, they don’t communicate with you at all and hope that you go away and never bug them again. This is not one of those moments, as I do have some feedback from an internship application.
Like all Imperial students will eventually do, I was wasting a bit of time in the Central Library. I had a job on campus that day since it was the departmental open day. My job was to show people round the department and try not to scare them all away from the course onto easier things (*cough cough* Biology). I had two “sessions” as it were, one at noon and one later in the afternoon, so that left me with three hours to kill with my laptop.
Being in the library is quite fun when you have nothing to work towards. Very few people had exams so it wasn’t as congested as usual and the air conditioner was set to perfect, to contrast to the rather intense atmosphere the sun had cast across Queen’s lawn. I was doing the usual: Twitter, Facebook and writing for the blog when suddenly my phone rings to an unknown landline number. It was a lovely woman by the name of Debbie calling from Apple’s human resources department asking if it was a good time to talk. For future reference, if you work at Apple, whether it’s as an Engineer or a Cleaner, it’s ALWAYS a good time to talk. I listened intently to the phone as she told me I had been accepted to work at Apple for their summer internship program.
At this point, I would love to tell you I was dignified and walked out of the library, my head high with a proud radiance in my gait. Unfortunately, I believe I went speechless, then uncomfortably loud, then proceeded to leave the library by means of backflips, skips and any other unnatural motion my body could muster. I was so utterly astonished that I would be working for the company I’ve adored, loved, embraced and, quite frankly, worshipped for the past few years.
This was, by far, my proudest moment. For the next three months I will be developing a proper Apple application for the iPhone and iPad platforms. People often ask me what taking a course like ISE can get you in future, and from now on, I will say exactly this.
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