My name is Abby Miller, and I am currently completing a software development internship at a company called Poloriz. Their mission is to improve users’ eCommerce shopping experience through personalized UX on mobile devices. I spend internship days coding, utilizing a platform called Angular, along with three front-end programming languages: TypeScript, HTML, and SCSS.
My internship has been an incredible opportunity for me to improve upon my problem-solving, analytical, and critical thinking skills. Having minimal experience with Angular and only some experience with these programming languages made this internship quite a challenge at first. Nonetheless, after a significant amount of reading, practicing, and perseverance, I’ve learned a great deal and achieved significant progress. And, as I move to the server-side and begin to incorporate databases, I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
For being a field dominated by men and known for its intensity and rigor, computer science was a field that daunted me. But when I realized that there is so much more to computer science—that it’s about problem solving and building things to make the world a better place—I knew that this was a field for me.
Expanding Her Horizons and Experience in Israel
In her first semester on Big Idea Gap Year, Jaclyn Josephson learned computer coding in addition to her Aardvark Israel classes.
During her second semester, she’s been working on creating her own app, which will focus on mental health and offer users a platform where they can share their own experiences. She’s also interning at FairFly, a tech startup in Tel Aviv.
Read in Jaclyn’s own words why she would “300%” tell others to do a gap year program in Israel.