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 Jacob Harless, an undergraduate student at the College of William and Mary.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, including what you are studying and the career path you hope to pursue once you graduate.
My name is Jacob Harless, and I am a senior at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. I am studying Computer Science and hope to go into the software or web development industry after I graduate. I became involved with Computer Science after taking intro classes as a freshman. I was drawn to Computer Science for the critical thinking approach to solving problems and the rush of emotions after creating a feature or fixing a bug.
Where did your SGCI internship take place, and who did you work with?
This past summer, I worked with Dr. Drew LaMar at William and Mary as a web developer on
the QUBESHub.org gateway. QUBESHub is a community of math and biology educators who share resources and methods for preparing students to use quantitative approaches to tackle real, complex, biological problems.
What are some things that you learned as a result of this internship? How does what you learned apply to your studies/goals?
What did you learn about science gateways as a result of this internship?
During this internship, I was able to attend the PEARC17 conference in New Orleans which taught me the importance of creating gateways between scientists. It was awesome to see so many scientists and system administrators get together and talk about their successes and struggles. This conference was an opportunity to learn from others and also share your own experiences. My work mainly consists of reading code from HUBzero, so I’ve definitely learned about HUBzero and how it creates a great gateway for scientists to connect online.
Is there anything else you’d like to say about your internship experience?
I applaud the HUBzero team for open sourcing all their code. This has made my job far easier and also allows third parties like me to contribute to the HUBzero code base with additional components and plugins. I hope to eventually submit the plugin and component I’ve been working on so that other HUBs can use them.