Computer Science & Computer Engineering
Software Test Engineer Intern - Wizards of the Coast
Hey, I’m Erik.
It’s interesting getting your foot in the door for the first time, especially at an organization like Wizards of the Coast. I was a software test engineer intern, working on manual testing and web testing for a release that was launched over the summer. I was also a part of an update release for various aspects of Wizard's multiple websites, helping it to successfully launch.
I definitely attribute my interview as a big part of scoring my internship. A lot of people tell me that the resume is the first three minutes of your interview, and the other twenty-five minutes are really more about whether they want to work with you. My interviewer asked a few of us prospective interns what we wanted to do in the future. When I was responding, I really focused on my desire to learn more about different areas of computer science to see if I liked testing more than general programming. Even if you aren’t 100% up to par in technical skills, the passion and willingness to learn more through the experience is huge. (If you get stuck on the technical stuff, 95% of the time you can always look it up on Google.) The point of an internship is learning, and it’s okay admitting that you don’t know how to do everything right off the bat! It separates you from those who say, “I don’t know.”
Another thing I would recommend for students looking for internships is to do your homework. Do your homework on the organization, on the position that you’re seeking. But don’t be afraid to ask for more! Most places are excited that you are interested in their work.
Coming back to PLU, I can really see what aspects of my classes will apply to my work after graduation. It’s easier to approach problems now that I’ve had hands-on experience troubleshooting in an uncontrolled environment. Most importantly, you focus even more because you know it’s going to all be relevant.