McNeese State University juniors, Jeremy Richard Ikediashi and Yvonne Ariri, caught an inside look at the code, programming and inner workings of Google and Meta this summer.
Ikediashi, a computer science major in McNeese’s College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics from Nigeria, worked remotely for Google as a Student Training in Engineering Program (STEP) intern. Ariri, a fellow computer science major from Nigeria, interned for Meta as a Meta University Intern.
Both students say that McNeese was their top choice school. Research into McNeese’s computer science program solidified Ikediashi’s decision to attend McNeese.
At his internship, Ikediashi completed projects involving code, natural language processing and system integration. He applied his knowledge of data structures and advanced algorithms that he gained from his courses at McNeese.
“Many of my tasks were intricately tied to data structures,” Ikediashi said. “I often found myself delving into complex algorithms for analysis and implementation.”
Ariri says the application process for the Meta internship was competitive.
“I chose Meta because of its global impact and innovative culture, and for the opportunity to work on cutting-edge technology projects,” Ariri said.
Both students have come away from their internships with experiences that will benefit them in their academic goals and future professional careers.
“This internship opened doors to gaining hands-on experiences, tackling intricate projects and obtaining firsthand insights into the world of software engineering,” Ikediashi said.
“Interning at Meta has provided me with practical knowledge, networking opportunities and a glimpse into the real-world applications of computer science,” Ariri said.
Both students aim to graduate in 2025. Ikediashi says he plans on transitioning into the corporate sphere after graduation and Ariri plans on pursuing a career in the software engineering field.
Ikediashi and Ariri highly recommend fellow students to seek internships.
“The skills, insights and connections you develop during your internship can enhance your resume and set you apart from other candidates when you’re seeking full-time positions,” Ikediashi explains.
“An internship is an invaluable experience that can help shape one’s future career,” Ariri said.
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