Last August Dane started his ICT Software engineering & Cyber security internship at Clay. Because we are always curious how interns perceive Clay we asked him all about his #lifeatclay including if the internships matched his expectations and how he foresees his own future career path! Read with us!
So Dane, explain our readers: Who is Dane? Hi, I’m Dane, a young Software Engineering student from “all the way down south” Maastricht. Or as some at Clay might say: Belgium. I was born and raised in Maastricht. A “sjeng” as the locals would say. But as both my parents are from different regions within the Netherlands and I sometimes despise the local dialect, I never became a real “sjeng”. When I was really young I had a keen interest in computer technology and yes, of course, the games you could play on them. As I grew older I taught myself how to operate computers and manage them in networks. This resulted in a fun but fairly expensive hobby for my mother as she was the one paying the electric bills. Sorry mum!
Why Clay? Soon I began to realise I wanted to pursue my hobby and follow proper education in the field of computer/information science. One thing led to another and eventually I found myself in the fifth semester of Software Engineering at the Fontys University in Eindhoven. In this semester students are required to find and apply for their first internship. By that time I had no idea what I was looking for until Babet, Irem and Vladimir from Clay held a presentation about cultural diversity within software development teams and their companies core values. This intrigued me as I took part in an international school project where I collaborated with foreign students from Finland. The fond memories I have from that time motivated me to try and apply for an internship at Clay. And so it began…
What particular aspect do you like best of your internship? This might be the easiest question as it can be answered in two words, the Bricks. Everyone that works at Clay is a fun and unique individual with their own habits, quirks and culture. During my time at Clay as an intern, I made a lot of new friends with whom I could party and share a beer on Friday afternoons. And of course, the enormous amount of knowledge passed down from the always ready-to-help developers.