ELLIOT YOUNG'S INTERNSHIP BLOG.
These are my reflections on interning remotely for Wunderite, an insurance-tech startup based in Boston, MA during COVID-19. I started my internship in Woodlawn, Chicago on January 21st and have continued it quarantined in Markham, Ontario.
The format of this blog is intentionally subversive and there is no correct order to browsing it. Readers are encouraged to follow linked ideas and read in the pattern that is most exciting to them.
These timeline posts were written mostly in hindsight and generated from my journal entries, a detailed timesheet, and any relevant screenshots/media I had saved that week.
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Week 0: Deus Ex Machina
01/08-01/15, 3 hours
Week 1: Introductions
01/21-01.24, 19.5 hours
Week 2: The Ropes
01/28-01/31, 17.25 hours
Week 3: Plugin Migration
02/03-02/09, 17.75 hours
Week 4: Belugas!
02/10-02/16, 15.75 hours
Week 5: Sick and Sad
02/17-02/23, 10.5 hours
Week 6: Recovery
02/21-03/01, 9.9 hours
Week 7: Last Week in Woodlawn
03/02-03/0, 11.5 hours
Week 8: The Dust Settles
03/18-03/22, 15.5 hours
Week 9: Techstars
03/23-03/27, 13.25 hours
Week 10: The Pub
03/30-04/04, 26.5 hours
Week 11: Blogging
04/12-04/18, 19 hours
Week 12: Demo Day
04/24-05/01, 31 hours
05/11-07/26, 180+ hours
The less technical side of my internship was spent pondering these three absurdly disconnected ideas that seemed like they had enough weight to become topics I would keep track of throughout my internship.
The Pros and Cons of a Remote Internship
This topic will draw from ideas presented by the paper "Placing Vocation" by Dr. Karen Johnson which was produced in the Opus Vocation Scholars program.
Tech Startups and Entrepreneurship
Timezones, scrums, zoom calls, slack vs email dynamics and everything in between, This theme wrestles with what’s great about working for an early-stage development team and what I learned from it.
A Christian Perspective on the Insurance Industry
This theme will draw heavily from Dr. Enoch Hill’s paper submitted for the Center for Faith and Innovation titled "Can Money Buy Happiness?"
Outlines on the tools I used, brief summaries on my progress with them, and resulting projects. Throughout the timeline I reference these pieces of my new and improved web-development tech stack.
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Visual design platform that has clean CSS export.
CMS tool for editing online content.
a JS runtime environment that executes JS outside a web browser.
Production website builder and deployer
Open-source PHP web-app framework
Hosting for software development version control
Blazing fast modern site generator for React.
Open source React animation library.
a distributed, multitenant-capable full-text search engine with a web interface
VM that runs on top of virtualized hardware hosted on the cloud