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The Life of a Delphix Intern: Filip Drozdowski

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What was most important for me was the opportunity to learn how to better develop simple, elegant, maintainable, large scale systems, in a socially conscious community that genuinely cares for each other, and shares enthusiasm for working together.

Written by Filip Drozdowski (Rice University '17) - Summer 2016 is my last summer before graduation, and possibly my last opportunity to get foundational software industry experience before entering the job market. At the beginning of this journey, during my school's career expo, it was difficult predicting what my summer internship experience was going to look like. I did know, however, that it was not the promised "free swag" or compensation that would be the highlight, but rather the growth. What was most important for me was the opportunity to learn how to better develop simple, elegant, maintainable, large scale systems, in a socially conscious community that genuinely cares for each other, and shares enthusiasm for working together. At Delphix, I found everything I was searching for, and more.

I got to work on Jet Stream, a data management self-service interface that allows developers to easily share, rewind in time, or refresh their data, taking the workload off database administrators, and accelerating application development. My project spanned across the entire stack and involved writing middleware application code in Java, writing scripts for a relational database, PostgreSQL, and creating a GUI in JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. Even though my project turned out not to be extremely challenging, I found that it was a great opportunity to deliver a well-designed, properly documented, and extensively-tested solution.

My project would not have gone as smoothly if not for the people that helped me along the way. These people included the Jet Stream team, data platforms, end user, user experience, and design teams, and especially my wonderful mentor Kate, who responded to my questions within seconds. They all expressed understanding and kindness that made me feel comfortable and encouraged. At the same time, I got to participate in discussions with customers and acquired their feedback on the feature I was building. Towards the end of the internship, I even managed to demonstrate the workflow of my feature to interested customers. Throughout that time, I certainly have not felt like an intern, but rather another member of the team. I think the fact that my team trusted me and let me participate in responsible tasks, allowed me to stay highly motivated and excited to go to work every day, despite an hour long BART ride from Berkeley.

Finally, while living in Berkeley and walking around the streets of San Francisco, I have noticed a great disparity in the lives of people here. I have seen some of the wonders of modern technology that I probably will not be able to see anywhere in the world, I have seen abundance of money, and prosperity, but also extreme poverty and hardship. That reminded me once again that I am in a position of a great privilege, and it is my obligation to serve the community. Delphix helped me take another step in that direction by organizing an hour of code event for the kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, a local non-profit organization empowering youth, where I got to teach basic programming skills to a fifth grader. That experience made me want to devote more time to share my knowledge and skills that I acquired in a process that is still available only to very few.

Filip Drozdowski with his mentor Kate Goulding


Filip Drozdowski with his mentor Kate Goulding