Maryland Technology Intern of the Month: Samit Suhas Shivadekar
PhD Student – Computer Science – UMBC
Check out his internship @Getwele
What is your career goal in the short term?
I want to be a researcher. My goals are (1) build things/my ideas (2) conduct research in a breadth of settings
What is the culture like at your internship site?
The culture is good, small but I can wear jeans. It’s medium paced and I am currently developing a website for the company. I interact with customers and clients as well. I also support the company in the area of IT.
Who are your clients
Getwele aims to lessen a person’s drug seeking behavior on/offsite. They support nutritional services, psycho-social support (housing,jobs,social services etc) to clients who are having nutritional deficiencies associated with chronic drug and alcohol abuse.
What exciting projects are you working on?
Yes, I am currently working on a few exciting projects. First, I meet with different clients who are having nutritional deficiencies associated with chronic drug and alcohol abuse. I research and track their recovery treatment progress. I am also in the process of developing Getwele’s website to help grow their business and attract new customers. It’s a challenging task and I am out of my comfort zone, but I am learning new technologies in web development.
How did you prepare for your interview?
I found this internship position because of UMBC’s Career Center through UMBCWorks. I was also able to educate Getwele about the MTIP benefit so they were able to take advantage of the reimbursement. As I am Ph.D student, I have already completed my Master’s degree in computer science, but turned to the career center for interview prep. My interview was technical and related to new IT technologies and web development.
Anything fun or interesting about your organization that you want to share?
My employer is supportive and I have learned new technical skills as well as overall business best practices. As I mentioned earlier, I am working with people who are having nutritional deficiencies associated with chronic drug and alcohol abuse, which is challenging task in itself.