Each year, our Workforce Development team offers summer internships for students interested in developing their gateway development skills. Eligible participants are placed at one of several SGCI partner sites. We will be sharing some of the experiences of our 2017 student interns in a series of blog posts entitled SGCI Summer Internship Reports.
Featured below is SGCI summer intern Hagen Hodgkins, a senior at Elizabeth City State University.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, including what you are studying.
I am a Senior at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) and am majoring in computer science. I am one of the 10 or so students who has been selected to represent ECSU at the upcoming Blue|Hack Hackathon 2017, sponsored by IBM, in Atlanta, Georgia. I am a member of the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER) at ECSU and have participated in a number of internships during my summer breaks.
Where did your internship take place, and who did you work with?
My internship took place at Purdue University, but I was working with a team that included Joseph Yun and Nickolas Vance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On-site at Purdue, I worked with Kevin Wojkovich who was with the HUBzero team. The project was a proof of concept for a future hub focusing on social media analytics. My part in the project primarily revolved around standing up the hub and creating the documentation for creating new hubs in the future. The team from the University of Illinois primarily focused on developing analytics tools that would be used to interpret data taken from social media sites.
What are some things that you learned as a result of this internship?
Some of the new things I worked with during the summer include the Amazon Web Services interface, working with standing up EC2 instances for hosting hubs as well as creating elastic IPs and DNS entries for the EC2 instance. Within the instance, I worked with the deployment and alteration of a hub template. This included manual step-by-step deployments as well as automated deployments utilizing Ansible. I had worked with Ansible in the past, though not to the extent that it was utilized for this project. It was an excellent learning experience.
Do you see yourself engaging with SGCI again in the future? Perhaps when you begin your career?
I will be attending the Gateways 2017 conference, not only to present the work I did over the summer but also to engage with other teams that are present and to learn about other ongoing and future projects.