On October 28, ETC-SV held their summer internship presentations. Every summer between the first and second years of the MET program, ETC students get the chance to apply for internships at various companies, in order to test their newfound skills. Theresa Chen and Aaron Vanderbeek interned at EA Redwood Shores, Ben Miller interned at Insomniac Games, in LA, Camilo Garcia interned at Pittsburgh based Schell Games and Drew Pollock with Carnegie Mellon.
Aaron talked about preparing for the application process and how he worked in two different projects, after the first got cancelled. Theresa talked about how her work was all about fast prototyping and iteration, just like the ETC. Ben talked about game design at Insomniac and how art and design are two sides of a very conflicted match. Camilo talked about his experience working with a different game genre than what he plays and Drew talked about how he helped CMU build a very impressive robot that plays Scrabble.
All five presentations were memorable because they each referenced how surprised they were with the companies they worked for. Each one of them, in their own way, related to the company and how their view of entertainment technology was affected over the summer. They also talked about their problems and their recommendations; for example, Theresa and Aaron mentioned that the cost of living in SV took a toll on their experience.
Personally, I was impressed by what each one of them took away from their internships, and how talking about each experience didn’t sound rehearsed or like a sales pitch. Each one of them had a memorable experience which I am sure impacted their professional and academic journeys.