Just one year into his computer engineering major, Daniel Enciso was eager to use the summer to hone skills for his future.
He pursued a summer internship opportunity with the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he worked to research, design, and develop rich interactive visualization tools, wrote documentation, and provided technical assistance for software.
“This internship at ORNL is a great opportunity for me to get a world-class experience at an early stage in college,” Enciso explained.
“With their strengths in computational sciences and engineering, I knew an internship at ORNL would further my understanding of the real-world applications of computer software. Besides the technical learning, I know that a professional environment such as ORNL will give way to a better understanding of how to work with others, how to do business, and how to make an impact.”
Enciso said his internship showed him some of the many directions in which he could take his future computer engineering degree, and it challenged him to think about building code in more dynamic ways.
“Despite the knowledge and enthusiasm you come with for an internship, it should be clear to most you are there to learn about something you probably do not know much about,” he said. “The interesting and challenging aspect of work is the new knowledge I must attain to perform excellently.”