Name: Victoria Fernalld
Major: Computer Science
Minors: Math & German
School: University of Denver, 2018
Why did you want to intern for Nextworld?
This summer was the second summer in a row that I interned at Nextworld, and it was an even more wonderful experience than the first time. One of the main things that interested me at Nextworld was the ability to work in software development in a super innovative way. As an App Developer, I was able to utilize the coding skills I’ve learned as a Computer Science major, without writing traditional code. Additionally, the company culture of Nextworld is incredibly attractive. The founders of Nextworld have done an exceptional job of fostering an environment where hard work, fun, and passion are a part of every employee’s daily routine.
What was the most interesting/exciting thing that you’ve been able to do as an intern? Your “Magic Moment”?
This summer Nextworld attended its first conference. This conference presented the opportunity for us to demo some of the software that we have built so far. My magic moment occurred right before this conference when Nextworld’s CEO and a one of our Product Owners were practicing their presentation. For their presentation, they decided to use some of the applications that I had developed to illustrate the power of Nextworld’s Tool. As an intern, I was blown away that I had actually had the opportunity to develop software that was going to be used in such a huge way.
In what way has Nextworld impacted you, and how have you left an impact at Nextworld?
My summer at Nextworld has really set the bar high for future employment opportunities. Never did I think I would get to be a part of something so incredible as an intern. From the very beginning, I was welcomed with open arms, and I felt like I was an integral part of the team.
I feel that I’ve impacted Nextworld through the applications I developed this summer. My main focus was developing applications for our Student Information Systems Module. The beauty of Nextworld’s Tool is that I was able to develop about a dozen applications in the short span of my 12-week internship!
What types of lessons/skills have you learned that you will take back to school?
Before this summer, I had no idea how the software development process worked. During my time at Nextworld, I was able to be a part of every aspect of this process from getting requirements from clients, to the design stages, and finally to actual application development. That alone was an incredibly unique experience. Returning to school, I feel more confident in my coding skills, my understanding of software development, and my desire to pursue software development as a career.
Discuss the people at Nextworld.
I cannot express how phenomenal the Nextworld team is. Every individual is so enthusiastic about their work and, as a result, everyone has a great work ethic. Additionally, there is such an awesome teamwork mentality. Even though everyone is performing their best, the typical “office politics” that exist in most work environments does not exist at Nextworld. To this point, there were multiple times when I went to a coworker and admitted that I was stumped, but not once did I feel bad about doing so.