After completing two years of school towards a computer Science and math degree at Northeastern University, I needed to find a co-op position. So last July, I began working at NaviNet, now part of NantHealth, hired as one of five Engineering co-ops. I was excited to begin working at a company with a strong presence in healthcare technology, but more than a little nervous to start my first software engineering position. My overall hope was to gain knowledge and insight about the industry and career possibilities over the next six months. At NaviNet, I became a member of the Product Research team, where I researched and tried out many new and different technologies, discussed results of data analysis, helped implement some amazing ideas, and became a part of a group that wanted to make a difference in NaviNet.
In 2013, during my second year of university, I was required to look for a yearlong placement (also known as a co-op in the United States) within the software development industry as part of my degree. It was extremely important for me to find a suitable co-op placement, one that would help me to learn and gain experience within the industry. This was vital for my career and there’s a lot of pressure placed on students to get a high-quality placement position. Fortunately, I was able to obtain a placement within the engineering department at NaviNet. Throughout my interview process at NaviNet, it was stressed that I would become an important member of the development team and that my work would have a meaningful impact within the company.