.NET Developer, Harrisburg, PA – Sigma Resources LLC
Opportunity expires June 22, 2020
One of Sigma’s key focus areas is to serve the public sector, which provides stability in work that many private sector industries can’t provide currently, or in the near future, due to the current workforce climate. If working in a multi-year project opportunity in a stable line of business sounds like something that would serve your needs well, Sigma Resources’ Talent Acquisition team would be happy to speak with you further about the .NET Developer role. Sigma Resources is an E-Verified employer that offers sponsorship.
What You Will Do:
- Develop and implement new software features, web pages, APIs, and backend modules.
- Maintain and improve the performance of existing software.
- Recommend improvements to existing software programs as necessary.
- Work as part of a team of developers, QA, support staff, and DevOps engineers in a highly collaborative fashion.
Application Innovator (Developer), Vienna, VA – EAI Technologies
Opportunity expires June 24, 2020
EAI Technologies has the vibe of a startup doing building innovative software solutions to Fortune 500 companies since its incorporation in 2001. We specialize in leveraging emerging technologies to design and build Enterprise Web and Mobile based applications.
Design and develop dynamic Enterprise Web and Mobile applications for a variety of clients like Verizon, Capital One, and Cardinal Health in small teams. Work in a fast-paced, hands-on capacity in a client-facing role, seeing first hand the impact of your work on a daily basis.
Software Developer, Cambridge, MA – Breakaway Partners LLC
Opportunity expires June 26, 2020
At Breakaway Partners we create tools to discover, aggregate, and analyze complex streams of publicly available data. We offer data and products that assist life sciences companies understand the financial and administrative barriers preventing patients from receiving care, and develop strategies to overcome those barriers.
In this role you will design and build clever technological solutions to data related challenges. You will learn about and work to support our entire technology infrastructure.
Software Engineer, New York City, NY – Vetcove
Opportunity expires June 26, 2020
We are bringing animal health purchasing into the digital age. Vetcove enables veterinary practices to compare real-time pricing and stock across more than 200,000 veterinary SKUs, and to use community insights and analytics to make smart purchase decisions. More than 3,800 veterinary hospitals, serving more than ten thousand veterinarians and millions of animals, rely on our innovative services to keep America’s pets healthy.
As a key member of our engineering team, you will be contributing to core features almost immediately. After some time, you will be responsible for planning, creation, maintenance, and upgrades across most of the technology stack. We also value engineers that are interested in our business, our mission, and growing the company.
Full Stack Internship, San Francisco, CA – Uncountable
Opportunity expires August 1, 2020
Uncountable is hiring interns who are passionate about a career in full-stack software engineering. Our goal is to revolutionize industrial research and development with artificial intelligence. We’re looking for motivated engineers who can help us build the web platform that will house the experimental processes of Fortune 500 companies.
Possible Projects: (a) Creating new data visualization tools in the Uncountable Web Platform, (b) Architecting database to all for more complex analysis, (c) Building new interfaces and views for scientists to manage experiments.
Connor O’Brien ’83 and Adam Wisco ’20 have posted a great opportunity for this summer.
Beanstox is looking for entrepreneurial, versatile, problem-solving undergraduates (or recent grads) who are still searching for a remote summer 2020 internship opportunity. Interns will play a large role in the development of the company, working directly to assist with current projects.
Beanstox is an innovative fintech startup providing an automated internet-based investment advisory service to help people reach their financial goals. The Beanstox app automates the investment process for users, just create a goal, set an automatic deposit amount, and watch your wealth grow.
Interns will have the opportunity to work with one of a variety of teams, including:
- General Marketing
- Digital Marketing
- Data Analytics
- Product Management
- Investing Analytics
- Campus Recruitment
Please check out “Beanstox” in the app store and www.beanstox.com for more info. In your application cover letter please provide us comments on the App and suggestions of how you can help during an internship.
Complete details are available on Handshake. Apply now, or before July 1st.
In order to support the career advancement of our most recent graduates during this time of economic recession, the Center for Careers and Internships has negotiated extended access to LinkedIn Learning through the summer months for our newest graduates (2019.5 and 2020 grads). Typically access is suspended upon graduation.
LinkedIn Learning is a fabulous video-based online instruction resource that is normally only available to academic year students, faculty, and staff. You can learn new skills to help at work or home by watching short, 2 to 3-minute videos or by working through an entire course.
This isn’t only about technology. Yes, there are courses on just about every piece of software you can think of, but there are also “soft skill” topics such as interviewing techniques, personal branding, productivity for remote work, executive presence on video calls, project management, and more. If you want to develop your creative side, there are courses for that as well, including photography, music, and animation.
If you wish to have free access to LinkedIn Learning during the summer months, please complete this form by Thursday, June 25th. We will send further instructions once your access is re-activated.
Jeffrey Wieland is currently a Product Manager at Facebook. Previously, he served over 11 years as the Head of Accessibility at Facebook. He graduated from Middlebury College in 2005, with a BA degree in American Civilization.
Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. Can you give us an overview of your career path? Specifically, what motivated you to start the Accessibility Team at Facebook and how did your role at the company change through the years? I graduated Middlebury with a degree in American Civilization and followed the Pre-Med route on the side. However, I thought it would be helpful to gain some professional experience before making the big decision of what to do in the long-term. I serendipitously moved to California for a change and a good friend convinced me to apply to Facebook. This was when Facebook was still a small company looking to grow; there was still no such thing as a news feed.
I was initially hired into the small Customer Support team, what we now call User Operations. Over time, I found new opportunities to grow and learn. After a year on Customer Support, I helped Facebook start a User Research team in Design. I eventually worked there for three and a half years and researched why users were using our products and the challenges they faced. In this role, I gained an introduction to the concept of accessibility, which is building technologies for people with disabilities.
There were two primary motivators for starting the Accessibility team. The first stemmed from the belief that it aligned with the company’s mission of connecting everyone in the world. We wouldn’t be successful on that mission unless we invested in accessibility and ensured our technologies were accessible to everyone on the spectrum of abilities. The second motivator was more personal: this was a way for me to still engage with the medical and health field while also working at the intersection of design, technology, and user experience. Ten years later, the team has grown into a world-class multi-disciplinary team – it’s been an amazing career journey.
We would like to hear about projects you’ve been involved with. I was wondering if you could share some specific experiences and products. On a related note, if we want to see more products aimed at the public good, what considerations should we take into account? One of the major challenges for accessibility is scale. For vision loss or blindness, enabling access to visual media is really critical on the web today. So then the question becomes, how do you translate visual media into a format that would make sense to someone unable to see the content? How do you do that when you’re taking in millions of user generated photos? This challenge is not exclusive to Facebook, this goes for any product with visual media. But it was an important issue for Facebook since so much of what people are sharing is visual.
There are different ways to solve this. The traditional way is by encouraging people to provide a caption with their visual media. That’s a great start but it’s not the best solution for making sure lots of photos get captions. At best, you’d see about 1% of people filling out the captions. We needed a way to provide access to the other 99% of photos. We decided that a better solution was to use object recognition technology.
Of course, object recognition technologies have their own limitations. Computer-generated captions are generally more rudimentary than narratives provided by humans. However, back in 2016, we felt that Facebook’s technologies had gotten powerful enough to provide suitable descriptions, so we started to build prototypes to see what we could detect in visual media. Based on user research, we knew information about the people in photos was most important, so we focused a lot of attention there. In the end, our system, which we call Automatic Alt Text, had coverage for over 90% of photos and could often detect many of the critical objects appearing in each photo. We continue to refine the product year over year as our technologies get better.
Why don’t we switch gears and talk about your new role in product management. Can you provide us with an overview of your new role and what motivated the transition? I’ve been working on accessibility for over a decade now. It’s been a fascinating and rewarding experience. Over the past two years, I started helping with projects in adjacent fields within the company, and I realized how much I enjoyed working on different projects with different people. As one example, I began working in the sphere of usability. Usability focuses on ensuring that products are as easy to use as possible, and accessibility is often seen as a sub-dimension of usability.
The main motivation to change positions was the opportunity to learn and face new challenges. In my fourteen years at Facebook, I will now have had four different roles – I’ve loved all of them. From beginning in customer support to now working in product management, all of those transitions have been driven by wanting to get outside my comfort zone and learn more, faster.
With the latest transition to product management, I still get to work on issues related to accessibility. I believe technology should and can be used for good. I hope to continue to make that good available to everyone.
Shifting gears into your Middlebury experience and post-grad, what were some of the most important skills you developed at Middlebury which were instrumental to your first years at Facebook? There are a lot of things Middlebury instilled in me which are relevant to my work today. One important lesson was to be curious and to ask lots of questions. Dive deep into the facts and investigate problems fully to understand first principles. In technology, I think that’s how you can best understand a problem before making up your mind on a solution to pursue.
Another important skill I picked up at Middlebury is to see things through different perspectives. I think this has been crucial for my work on accessibility. There we work on behalf of great diversity and we cannot presume to know all those experiences from our own lens. In our case, we spent a lot of time with people with disabilities in our research and product development work. This made sure that we were building with a group instead of for a group. I believe this general rule extends beyond the Accessibility team to everything people do in the sphere of products and technology.
Was there any class or professor at Middlebury who taught you these things? Oh, there were a ton. I recall a senior seminar in American Civilization with Professor Tim Spears in particular though. Tim was committed to getting diverse perspectives in the classroom and pushing the class to engage in discussion. This is an approach I take running my own meetings. I was grateful to get a chance to learn from him.
I was hoping we could address the current pandemic. How has COVID affected your work and what have been the biggest changes? There are different challenges in adjusting to working from home. One of the major benefits of being in the office is the serendipity of being around other people: have a hallway chat, brainstorm together, or work through a disagreement face to face. Finding opportunities for that same serendipity through virtual means has definitely been a challenge. Also, collaboration is generally tougher when people are all working from home. Similar to other companies, we’re thinking of techniques and strategies to make remote collaboration more effective. There are great opportunities for innovation in collaboration through remote scenarios and I’m excited to see the fruits of that.
Specifically, what are some of the strategies you use at work to deal with the current remote conditions? One strategy is to make sure we’re scheduling more time for people to check in. This is because we know we aren’t going to get the same organic social interactions we would normally get in the office. So we want to allocate more time on the calendar and in meetings to talk about what’s going on personally, not just professionally. Since we don’t have other outlets to get together and hangout after work, we’re actively making space for social connections online. These are important for team health, comradery, and collaboration.
Another strategy is to be proactive with communication. When everyone is dispersed and working from home, we have to spend more time intentionally pushing out information and broadcasting, something we often take for granted while being in the office. This broadcasting needs to reach all directions, from peer-to-peer to leadership upwards. All of these strategies are intended to build best practices to adapt to our current climate.
This article was written by Arturo Simental 20’ and edited by Xiaoli Jin 19’.
This series is coordinated by Xiaoli Jin ’19. Look for more alumni profiles each week. You can connect with Xiaoli on LinkedIn.
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By Kayla Matthews April 23, 2020
Scientists and doctors aren’t the only people helping contain and treat COVID-19. Across the nation, STEM students are joining the fight. Whether by themselves or in support of professors, these students are offering help in a variety of areas.
The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted many students’ lives. Despite this change, everyone from high school students to Ph.D. candidates is lending a hand to help researchers and medical staff.
Tracking the Virus
Tracking the spread of COVID-19 is essential to developing a proper response. To help in this endeavor, Johns Hopkins University developed an interactive map that shows global infection rates. Professor Lauren Gardner built the site with the help of her graduate students.
This map has been able to report new infections, even before the World Health Organization (WHO). It serves a vital role in understanding the coronavirus, and it might not have been possible without STEM students. The Johns Hopkins Department of Civil and Systems Engineering plans to continue improving the platform.
Developing New Technology
As more people contract COVID-19, medical equipment becomes a more urgent need. STEM students and professors at several universities have started designing and producing ventilators to help under-equipped hospitals. Ventilators aren’t the only medical technology students have developed, either.
A team of doctorate students from the University of Washington is working on a cough-detection smartphone app. This software, once released, will help people monitor symptoms of the disease and track its spread. It will also help medical staff monitor patients without being in the same room.
3D Printing Face Shields
3D printing is a growing part of medical manufacturing and is especially valuable in times of need. As hospitals rush to acquire more protective equipment, they need fast, cheap ways of producing it. STEM students are helping by creating face shields.
A team of robotics students in San Diego has already made 300 face shields through 3D printing. The students plan to print at least 600 for local healthcare workers, keeping doctors and nurses safe as they treat COVID-19 patients.
Lending Processing Power to Virus Research
Researchers use coronavirus simulations to see how it might react under different circumstances. These simulations are essential to research, but require a vast amount of processing power. Cornell College’s esports team is donating their unused computers to a supercomputer network to run them.
The team’s computers use powerful graphics processing units (GPUs), which are ideal for complex calculations. With the help of these processors, the supercomputer network can run more simulations at faster speeds. Cornell’s esports team has 12 of these gaming computers, offering an impressive amount of processing power.
Donating to Community Organizations
Processing power isn’t the only thing STEM students are donating. Medical students at the University of Pittsburgh are directing their fundraising efforts to organizations helping disadvantaged communities. The students raised $11,000 for a Match Day celebration, but are now using that money to help the community.
Recipients of these donations include free healthcare clinics and food banks, organizations that are seeing more demand because of COVID-19. On top of their own contributions, the students have collected $14,000 from faculty members.
By Mary Sharp Emerson April 1, 2020
1. Establish Healthy Self-Care Habits
Taking care of yourself—both physically and mentally—will not only help you stay healthy. It will also make it easier to maintain a positive attitude and stick to a regular routine.
When working or studying from home on a regular basis, a key first step to staying productive is to act as if you were still heading out for a typical day.
That means resisting the temptation to lounge in your PJs all day. Instead, get up at the usual time, take a shower, and dress in everyday clothes for the duration of your work day.
Practicing good self-care also means:
- Eating regular, healthy meals
- Staying hydrated with lots of water
- Exercising regularly
- Going outside for a little bit every day (while practicing appropriate social distancing)
- Taking time to relax and unwind
- Getting lots and lots (and lots) of sleep
Self-care means taking care of your mental health as well. Social distancing and self-quarantine can be isolating and lonely.
While you might not be able to visit with friends and family in person, be sure to make time every day to check in (virtually) with loved ones and friends. Start a text chat, for example, or suggest a virtual happy hour over Zoom or Google Hangouts.
2. Plan Your Day
Right now, it can be difficult to differentiate between work, school, and personal time. You may find yourself waiting a little too long to start that assignment. Or you may continue to work on a project long past the point where you should have taken a break or eaten a meal.
The solution? Every morning (after you have showered and gotten dressed), outline your goals and priorities for the day.
An organized to-do list will keep you focused on the specific tasks you need to complete. And there’s an added bonus: checking items off the list always provides a great sense of accomplishment.
Once you’ve written down your goals, make a schedule for the day that will enable you to achieve those goals. Your schedule should include blocks of time dedicated to certain tasks. Don’t forget to include meal times and study breaks as well.
And once you have created your schedule, be sure to stick to it as much as possible.
3. Start the Day with a House or Family Meeting
Sharing a space with family members or roommates? Coordinate schedules to ensure that you have access to the things you need to get your work done and avoid potential conflicts.
A daily meeting over the breakfast table is a great time to share plans for the day and manage everyone’s expectations.
For instance, maybe both you and a spouse, partner, or roommate are working from home. You can identify times when each of you can use WiFi, a quiet home office, or the TV in a common room.
If you have children at home, incorporate their schedule into the family meeting as well. This will help ensure you have the quiet time you need while providing structure for your kids.
They’ll understand when they should be reading or doing schoolwork, handling household chores (as appropriate), enjoying screen time, or playing XBox with friends. They’ll also know when you will be available to entertain them or help them with their schoolwork.
Earlier this year, the 2020 NIH Intramural Summer Internship Program was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. In collaboration with Institutes and Centers (ICs) and Training Offices across the NIH, this virtual program will help you sharpen your science skills and will assist in professional and personal development. These online offerings will focus on the exciting science at the NIH and on important career and professional development topics for students at all educational levels. You can choose to participate in career development series for high school or college students, series on preparation for graduate or professional school, wellness activities, and a scientific skills series. We encourage you to look at all the program offerings and identify events that will help you achieve your scientific and career goals.
Hopjump, a digital marketing startup focused on the travel industry (based in Cambridge, MA) is looking for 2020 grads to start as Entry Level Data Analysts. We look for smart, driven candidates who have a quantitative background (usually math/econ/science/CS majors).
Our analyst team gets to work on all aspects of our business, from optimizing user experience on the site to monetization in order to help grow our reach as a media company. We work with MySQL, Python, R, Excel, and more, though no prior knowledge of programming is required. We’re looking for analytical thinkers interested in scaling our business and using big data to give our users the best experience across our platform. Come help us solve cool problems and grow the startup!
What we’re looking for:
- B.A./B.S. in Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, or another quantitative field.
- Ability to plan out a process and execute on it on a daily basis with an emphasis on achieving and measuring results
- Demonstrated ability to learn quickly
- General understanding of market segmentation, sizing and statistics
- Experience with or desire to learn R, mySQL, Python, and more
Middlebury alumni, Laney Moran ’18, is available to field questions and provide you with information if you reach out via firstname.lastname@example.org or on LinkedIn (Delaney Moran).
College and university students around the world can learn and earn certificates on Coursera for free. Current undergraduate, graduate, or recently graduated students with a verified school email can sign up to get free access to over 3,800 courses, 150 Guided Projects, 400 Specializations, and 11 Professional Certificates. They can enroll in programs for free until July 31 — no credit card required. Once enrolled, they will have until Sept. 30, 2020, to complete the programs.
During this period, students will be able to learn from some of the best instructors in the world and earn credentials from the world’s top universities, including the University of Michigan, Yale University, and Duke University. Professional Certificates from leading industry educators like Google and SAS will help students become job-ready with in-demand skills.
After Sept. 30, 2020, students will continue to have free access to Guided Projects — a hands-on learning experience that develops job-relevant skills like data analysis with Plotly and Python, app development in Android Studio with Java, and social media marketing with Canva. With an interactive experience, students can learn a new skill in under two hours with step-by-step guidance from a subject matter expert.
Coursera was founded with a mission to serve the world through learning. At a time when the future of students everywhere is at stake, we, along with our community of partners, want to do everything possible to help them continue learning off campus. We hope students around the world can benefit from high-quality learning on Coursera — at this time, and beyond.
To learn more, please visit https://www.coursera.org/for-university-and-college-students.
By Benjamin Allan-Rahill May 28, 2020
I was fortunate to attend a Montessori school through 7th grade. There, I learned to appreciate self-directed learning and begin to understand what interested me. I have since taught myself graphic design techniques, software development, and how to make a grilled cheese with an iron!
Whether your internship is canceled or you have more time on your hands, here are a few tips I have aggregated from my countless hours spent teaching myself.
1. Chat and ask questions
💬 Your network is an incredible resource. Use LinkedIn, email, and phone calls to connect with peers, alumni, or professionals that can answer your questions.
People want to see you succeed and are always excited to be part of the journey.
If you’re building your network or not sure where to start, reach out to your university’s career center.
💬 Search for professionals in your field. Email them. Connect with them and ask if you can chat. If you’re comfortable, ask them to introduce you to others.
💬 Ask illuminating questions like:
- How is success measured in your job?
- What skills helped you advance in your career?
💬 Seek constructive feedback:
- What’s one way I can improve my resume?
- Do you have any suggestions for future steps?
📖 Tune into to the news.
📖 Follow subreddits.
- I’ve been interested in Web Development lately and I found that I have learned a lot from professional’s posts on Reddit.
📖 Read to challenge your assumptions.
- Don’t take anything for granted. Challenge and test your knowledge. It’s great practice.
📖 Subscribe to newsletters.
- Morning Brew is just one good example for students interested in finance or business.