Meet Our Interns

This year, marks the first in Gliffy's history that we've had summer interns. And what great interns they are! Anusha, Jonathan, Mingjing and Kishan—are 4 awesome, intelligent individuals who have been a great addition to our team. Here's a quick introduction:

 
 

 
 

1. Name
Anusha Chillara

 
 

2.Where you’re going to school
Carnegie Mellon University

 
 

3. What year you’re in
Sophomore

 
 

4.Your major
Computer Science

 
 

5. What made you want to intern @Gliffy
One of the first things I heard about Gliffy was that it had gotten zero outside financing. That was incredibly rare for a startup and so I did more research. Their product was beautiful and extremely useful in explaining things visually. The small company size attracted me since I feel like I could learn, contribute, and collaborate. Finally it was Gliffy's awesome culture that made me feel like it would be the perfect fit.

 
 

6.What you’ve learned so far
Git on a large scale, how software is built and the extensive testing that goes into it, unit testing, node, o-auth, reading documentation and using different packages, and basically how backend works.

 
 

7. Your favorite thing about interning here
Fun company events that happen here! I've helped install solar panelling and made cheese. It's a nice way to get to know everyone at Gliffy.

 
 

8. How being an intern is different than being a student
In college, I learn a lot of computer science theory: P/NP, graph theory, logic etc. Our programming homework has very well-defined specific tasks that they want you to complete in a fixed amount of time. Being an  intern, there is already a codebase that exists, and reading code becomes more important than writing it. There is no well-defined task for solving the problem of using an outside package or something that already exists in the codebase, you have to figure it out yourself.  Since many people are working on a project, you have to understand what changes are happening and how it affects everything.

 
 

9. Your dream job when you graduate
Right now I want to do something in virtual technology. A startup sounds promising :)

 
 

10. Anything else you want to add
My experience at Gliffy has been extremely positive. The Atlassian team has been an absolute pleasure to work with. They have taken the time to explain a lot of things to me and answer all my questions with a smile on their face. A lot of my friends at other  internships have been doing some really simple stuff. Here, I'm being pushed and challenged and that's helping me learn :)

 
 

 
 
1. Name
Jonathan

 
 

2.Where you’re going to school
California Polytechnic State University: San Luis Obispo

 
 

3.What year you’re in
(Just Graduated)

 
 

4.Your major
Computer Science

 
 

5.What made you want to intern @Gliffy
Excited to learn and grow with a web development company that is also growing

 
 

6. What you’ve learned so far
A bit of ember.js and a bit of how the Gliffy editor works

 
 

7.Your favorite thing about interning here
I really enjoy how kind and open everyone is. It creates a very comfortable working environment.

 
 

8. How being an intern is different than being a student
I definitely learn a lot more applicable skills as an  intern rather than as a student and I definitely enjoy the projects I work on a lot more.

 
 

9. Your dream job when you graduate
No joke: I’m really interested in being a web developer. However, I still don’t know whether or not I have more interest in being a front-end or a back-end developer.

 
 

10. Anything else you want to add
I still have yet to meet everyone, but I hope in the future we will get to know each other and work on some great things together.
 
 
 

 
 

1. Name
Mingjing

 
 

2. Where you’re going to school
Academy of Art University(MFA)

 
 

3. What year you’re in
Third

 
 

4. Your major
Web Design & New Media

 
 

5. What made you want to intern @Gliffy
I heard about Gliffy from a friend. I think Gliffy has a great company culture. People here are very friendly, and I can learn a lot.

 
 

6. What you’ve learned so far
I've had a chance to see firsthand how designers interface with engineers. I learned what kind of design software is being used in the real world and how to present design concepts, do research and create wireframes and prototypes.

 
 

7. Your favorite thing about interning here
The friendly people.

 
 

8. How being an intern is different than being a student
Students work on practice projects. However, as an  Intern I got to work on real projects and needed to consider business-related design limitations.

 
 

9. Your dream job when you graduate
UX/UI Designer

 
 

10. Anything else you want to add
No

 
 

 
 
 
1. Name
Kishan

 
 

2. Where you’re going to school
Foothill College

 
 

3. What year you’re in
Sophomore

 
 

4. Your major
Software Engineering

 
 

5. What made you want to intern @Gliffy
I wanted to learn more about scalable web apps and the development process behind them. I got the recommendation from a friend who worked here prior. After my interview I was sure that Gliffy was going to be a great entry for my resume.

 
 

6. What you’ve learned so far
I can now make ember and node based apps with ease. Since my internship start date I have created 3 of my own web apps. I've had a really great view into how a team scales an app from prototyping to production and it has helped me a lot as a developer.

 
 

7. Your favorite thing about interning here
People see me as one of the team and respect my opinions. They are patient with me and tell me honestly when I'm doing a good job. My work from day 1 has been used in our product and that means a lot to me.

 
 

8. How being an intern is different than being a student
At work I am rewarded for bootstrapping features and communicating with my team. If something goes wrong I can always try again. This environment works well with my self-learning attitude, and I hope that I can discern what is important and what is not when it comes to my studies.

 
 

9. Your dream job when you graduate
Google Engineer

 
 

10. Anything else you want to add
Gliffy hosts internal hackathons and I got to see everyone innovate on our platform in really creative ways. I wish more workplaces did this as it really offers people a chance to create their own features.