Article | 7 ways to get a Summer Internship with Abletech

7 ways to get a Summer Internship with Abletech

Abletech (and its sister companies) sometimes looks to hire 1–2 students for summer internship roles. The following seven steps will substantially increase your chances of getting one of these sought after positions.

1. Build your own website

Having your own website tells us a lot about you:

  • You know about the internet and how to use it — you know something about DNS records, and how to register and configure your own domain

  • You’ve already learnt a little about HTML and CSS — essential skills in a company like ours

  • You can show off a little by applying some funky, yet appropriate, JavaScript

  • The actual content gives you an opportunity to impress us with further understanding of applying technology

Most importantly, we’ll have a way to communicate with you.

2. Develop a website for someone else

Building a simple website for someone else shows an employer that you can understand their requirements and translate those into something real. It shows that you can speak the language of the customer, and deliver a product that they are happy with.

Make sure you link to these projects from your personal website.

3. Contribute to an Open Source project

When hiring a new staff member, we are always keen to see some of their code. The kind of code that a person writes says a lot about them. Questions we’re looking to answer are:

  1. Is it clean and tidy?

  2. Is it well structured?

  3. Does it demonstrate an understanding?

  4. Have they over-complicated a simple problem?

  5. Is the implementation a bit too ‘smarty-pants’ where it’s difficult to understand?

These days there is plenty of opportunity to contribute to different open source projects. Obviously GitHub is a natural starting point.

4. Participate in the community

Become involved in the local tech scene. We’re involved with many local groups such as WellRailed, WellingtonJS, Summer of Tech, RailsGirls, RailsBridge and more.

Join online communities such as StackOverflow and participate. Become involved in open source projects that you’re interested in, and contribute. A starting point might be to write tests or documentation for one of your favourite projects.

Participating in the community raises your profile, and makes you stand out of the crowd. You’ll be noticed and valued as a person who gives back to the community.

5. Give Ruby on Rails a go

We think Ruby on Rails is pretty sweet. Many of us have come from backgrounds in Enterprise IT and its use of tech such as Java and .Net. We made a strategic decision in 2005 to move away from technologies that were inefficient when compared to modern languages such as Ruby. In hindsight, this was an incredibly important move — and exactly the right choice.

So, we’re sold on Rails. You should give it a go. In fact, if you’ve given it a go — and can demonstrate a running Rails app that does something of use — then we’d love to hear from you.

There are a few ways that you can try out Ruby on Rails for free. Heroku offer a free plan where you can host an app at no cost. Other option is for dirt-cheap VPS hosting.

We’re also interested in other new tech like Elixir, Phoenix, React, React Native, Terraform, Concourse, Docker. Look them up!

6. Enrol in Summer of Tech

We shortlist candidates from the Summer of Tech website. We will be at most of the events that Summer of Tech organise, such as the Bootcamps, Hackfests, CV Clinic and the Meet’n’Greet.

7. Make contact with us

We’d love to meet you, and hear about what you’re doing. Come and chat with our people at the events we attend. Make it easy for us to choose you by talking to us at the events. Also at these events chat to one of our team members who started as an intern with us!

If you are wanting to land a summer internship with us then these seven steps give you the inside running on things we will be looking at when considering applicants. So good luck! We look forward to meeting you at the upcoming Summer of Tech events.

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