Since May of 2018, I have been working as an Intern for PVM, Inc. This year (2019) I on-boarded yet again for another summer. My roles for this year entailed training on the “Palantir Gotham” platform. This is a Data Analysis software that is used widely amongst law enforcement. This allows the structured organization of massive data amounts such as log files, spreadsheets, tables & documents. It also has the ability to recognize and patterns in this data.
Another one of my assignments are Curriculum Development for trailing Trainees. This project consists of, producing interactive online learning lessons. This allows a more effective way of training new on-boarders. The main objective for this project is to provide a seamless transition into the company.
Being as I am in South Florida and PVM is stationed in San Diego, California, I work as a remote Intern from home. In addition, I am a student at Florida Atlantic University studying Computer Science. It so happens that during this internship period I also a taking an online Data Structures class. My doubts about doing the two at the same time disappeared shortly after starting this summer internship. The very flexible schedule of work has afforded me the ability to complete both school work and PVM assignments.
My family has even bought me a desk and computer chair (with back support) to aid in me being comfortable while getting my work done.
The most important thing in working from home is to have self-discipline. It may sound like the best thing in the world to work from home and at times it can be. However, distractions can arrive from literally anywhere. The practices that have helped me are sitting up at a desk, keeping a bottle of water around me and always having sufficient sunlight. The occasional Anita Baker & Stevie Wonder as background music will always do some good.
8:30 a.m. The voice of Alexa wakes me with the time/weather and I stroll out of bed heading into the shower.
9:00 a.m. Fully awoken by my shower I open the fridge to find something to eat from breakfast.
10:00 a.m. Being as I am taking online classes; I do some studying for my classes while I wait to touch base with my project manager to discuss topics for the day’s work.
11:30 a.m. Following my study session, I will receive a ping notification indicating my project manager is ready to video chat. I started with Palantir Training for the first month and then filtered into “Trainee Curriculum Development”.
3:00 p.m. At this time, in the late afternoon hours I take a 30-minute break and go out to get some lunch (which is usually a Publix Deli Sub), continuing my work shortly after.
5:00 p.m. Approaching the end of the work day I log my hours into harvest and make a bookmark as to where I stopped so that I can pick up tomorrow morning. I happily celebrate the end of a productive day by crawling into my bed and taking a nap.
Interning at PVM has been an absolutely wonderful experience. They have so much confidence within their staff/interns. I know this from first-hand experience. At PVM we work diligently, and strive for excellence. We encourage each other and push each other to achieve the absolute best. Most importantly we have fun while doing so. I genuinely hope that this has given you a better insight into Interning at this company. I always enjoy my time here, and upon graduating I look forward to a career at PVM.