Mentoring my first software engineering intern

I recently had the honor of mentoring a software engineering intern, Ben, for my employer from the local university’s Computer Science program. At the first mention of the program earlier in the year I was eager to get involved as I absolutely love teaching and learning from others. After the nine week internship I have zero regrets. And I did come away with some notes for the next go-around. I made sure to ask for an honest, no hard-feelings review from Ben.

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Realized benefits of programming in grade school

I was fortunate enough to attend a vocational high school that offered Computer Science curriculum as a first-class citizen. Years 2002-2006 included general IT (A+) and networking (Cisco networking), C++, Java, Oracle SQL and some Web design training along with traditional math, English, etc. In addition, I spent my nights learning PHP and MySQL-based Web development. By the time I started college I felt like a mid-level developer. I wasn’t, of course. But I felt like one. This early introduction to software development yielded several benefits that helped in high school, college, and in my career today.

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