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Yan Li

Class year: 2020
Major: computer science

Where did you intern?

Microsoft

What work did you do as an intern?

I worked as a software engineering intern.

How did you obtain this opportunity? What was the application process like?

Microsoft first sent me an invitation to do the first round of interviews and I finished my last round at the Grace Hopper Conference.

Did you work with anyone to help find and/or pursue this opportunity?

I worked closely with Ellen Cole in the career center and my friend to prepare for interviews.

What did you gain from this experience?

I definitely learned how to work closely with my coworkers to get my job done the way they expect me to. I also learned to work with an extremely big code base and honestly figure out what kind of work environment I would like.

Any particularly memorable experiences?

Everyone at Microsoft is very willing to help me in any way they can. I feel safe asking questions or expressing concerns.

Any advice for other students who are interested in pursuing an internship?

I would say prepare yourself a lot for interviews, do a lot of research on the target companies and always start early.

Questions? Ask Yan!

yli155@u.rochester.edu